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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Group B - 2014 FIFA World Cup™


Coach: Jorge Sampaoli
Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Real Sociedad), Johnny Herrera (Universidad de Chile), Cristopher Toselli (Universidad Catolica)
Defenders: Gary Medel (Cardiff City), Jose Rojas (Universidad de Chile), Eugenio Mena (Santos), Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest)
Midfielders: Arturo Vidal (Juventus), Mauricio Isla (Juventus), Marcelo Diaz (Basel), Francisco Silva (Osasuna), Felipe Gutierrez (FC Twente), Jose Pedro Fuenzalida (Colo Colo), Carlos Carmona (Atalanta), Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic), Charles Aranguiz (Internacional), Miiko Albornoz (Malmo)
Forwards: Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona), Eduardo Vargas (Valencia), Jorge Valdivia (Palmeiras), Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari), Esteban Paredes (Colo Colo), Fabian Orellana (Celta Vigo) 

Sat         07/09/13             WQS      Chile                       3 - 0       Venezuela         
Tue        10/09/13             FRI         Spain                      2 - 2       Chile     
Fri           11/10/13           WQS       Colombia               3 - 3       Chile
Wed      16/10/13             WQS       Chile                       2 - 1       Ecuador              
Fri           15/11/13           FRI          England                  0 - 2       Chile     
Wed      20/11/13              FRI         Brazil                      2 - 1       Chile     
Thu        23/01/14             FRI         Chile                       4 - 0       Costa Rica          
Wed      05/03/14              FRI         Germany                 1 - 0      Chile     
Sat         31/05/14              FRI        Chile                       3 - 2       Egypt   
Thu        05/06/14             FRI         Chile                       2 - 0       Northern Ireland

Nickname(s)     La Roja (The Red One)
Association        Federación de Fútbol de Chile (FFC)
Confederation                 CONMEBOL (South America)
Head Coach       Jorge Sampaoli
                              Universidad de Chile
Torneo Apertura  : 2011, 2012
Torneo Clausura  : 2011
Copa Sudamericana  : 2011
Captain                Claudio Bravo
Most Caps          Leonel Sánchez (84)
Top Scorer          Marcelo Salas (37)
Home stadium Estadio Nacional
Estadio Monumental David Arellano
FIFA code           CHI
FIFA ranking      14 Decrease 1
Highest FIFA ranking     6 (April 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking      84 (December 2002)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – Very intuitive side with tremendous creativity and pace. Operating strong as a whole, they can be one of the surprises of the World Cup. They play high-tempo football with characteristics of high-pressure turning into offensive play on the immediate. Isla, Vidal, Sanchez, Vargas, Valdivia
Weaknesses – Not so much as a weakness, but the strength of two other powerhouses in the group, Netherlands and Spain. If any particular should be highlighted as less positive is the less strong and slow defensive back.  Jara, Medel.
Opportunities – Using the pace and stamina with technique skills added with vision plus awareness they will be able to cause a surprise with their triangular movement upfront. Using weather to their advantage. Bravo.
Threats – If they waste their game process in order to emphasize more the individual, they will have serious difficulties causing harm to the opposition and being with two of the greatest nations on the same group does not help either.


Coach: Louis van Gaal
Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Tim Krul (Newcastle), Michel Vorm (Swansea)
Defenders: Daley Blind (Ajax), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Terence Kongolo (Feyenoord), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Joel Veltman (Ajax), Paul Verhaegh (Augsburg), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord)
Midfielders: Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Leroy Fer (Norwich), Jonathan De Guzman (Swansea), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven)
Forwards: Memphis Depay (PSV), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Dirk Kuijt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) 

Fri           06/09/13             WQE      Estonia               2 - 2       Netherlands     
Tue        10/09/13             WQE      Andorra               0 - 2       Netherlands     
Fri           11/10/13             WQE      Netherlands       8 - 1       Hungary             
Tue        15/10/13             WQE      Turkey                0 - 2       Netherlands     
Sat         16/11/13             FRI         Netherlands        2 - 2       Japan
Tue        19/11/13             FRI         Netherlands        0 - 0       Colombia
Wed      05/03/14             FRI         France                 2 - 0       Netherlands     
Sat         17/05/14             FRI         Netherlands       1 - 1       Ecuador
Sat         31/05/14             FRI         Netherlands       1 - 0       Ghana
Wed      04/06/14             FRI         Netherlands        2 - 0       Wales

Nickname(s)     Oranje
Clockwork Orange
The Flying Dutchmen
Association        Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond (KNVB)
Confederation                 UEFA (Europe)
Head Coach       Louis van Gaal 
Eredivisie: 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96
KNVB Cup: 1992–93
Johan Cruijff Shield: 1993, 1994, 1995
UEFA Champions League: 1994–95; Runner-up 1995–96
UEFA Cup: 1991–92
UEFA Super Cup: 1995
Intercontinental Cup: 1995
La Liga: 1997–98, 1998–99
Copa del Rey: 1997–98
UEFA Super Cup: 1997
Eredivisie: 2008–09
Bayern Munich
Bundesliga: 2009–10
DFB-Pokal: 2009–10
DFB-Supercup: 2010
UEFA Champions League: Runner-up 2009–10
Awards and achievements
World Soccer Manager of the Year: 1995[44]
Onze d'Or Coach of the Year: 1995[45]
Rinus Michels Award: 2007, 2009[46]
Dutch Sports Coach of the Year: 2009[47]
Die Sprachwahrer des Jahres (3rd place): 2009[48]
German Football Manager of the Year: 2010
Asst Coach         Danny Blind
Patrick Kluivert
Captain                Robin van Persie
Most Caps          Edwin van der Sar (130)
Top Scorer          Robin van Persie (43)
Home stadium Amsterdam Arena (52,500)
De Kuip (51,137)
FIFA code           NED
FIFA ranking      15
Highest FIFA ranking     1  (August 2011 – September 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking      25 (May 1998)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – One of the best teams in the tournament that will try to prove wrong those who criticized the EURO 2012. Van Persie, Robben, Sneijder.
Weaknesses – Lack of experience in the international stage of the defensive line and the gambling of trying to perpetrate the transition on a major competition.      (Goalkeeper Changes)
Opportunities – Having one of the most awarded Coach in the world that will implement the transition from the most experienced players to the new “recruits”, the new orange talented players as they get us used to ever since. De Guzman, Martins-Indi, Clasie, Blind, Wijnaldum.
Threats – If they depend of the last match vs. Chile, then most likely you would see them jeopardizing their chances of advancing to the next round. It will be a match to watch which will come on top as they are not very different, apart from some items of strategy.  


Coach: Ange Postecoglou
Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan (Club Bruges), Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund), Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United).
Defenders: Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo), Matthew Spiranovic (Western Sydney Wanderers), Ivan Franjic (Brisbane Roar), Bailey Wright (Preston North End), Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors).
Midfielders: Oliver Bozanic (Luzern), Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa, Qatar), James Holland (Austria Vienna), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), Dario Vidosic (Sion), Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), James Troisi (Atalanta), Massimo Luongo (Swindon)
Forwards: Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Matthew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt 1899), Tommy Oar (Utrecht), Ben Halloran (Fortuna Duesseldorf), Adam Taggart (Newcastle Jets). 

Thu        25/07/13             EEA        Japan                 3 - 2       Australia             
Sun        28/07/13             EEA        Australia            3 - 4       China PR
Sat         07/09/13             FRI         Brazil                 6 - 0       Australia             
Fri           11/10/13             FRI         France              6 - 0       Australia
Tue        15/10/13             FRI         Canada               0 - 3       Australia             
Tue        19/11/13             FRI         Australia            1 - 0       Costa Rica          
Wed      05/03/14             FRI         Australia             3 - 4       Ecuador              
Mon      26/05/14             FRI         Australia             1 - 1       South Africa
Sat         07/06/14             FRI         Croatia                1 - 0       Australia

Nickname(s)     Socceroos
Association        Football Federation Australia
Sub-Confederation        AFF (South-East Asia)
Confederation                 AFC (Asia)
Head Coach       Ange Postecoglou
   South Melbourne
NSL Premiership: 1  -  1997–98
NSL Championship: 2 -  1997–98, 1998–99
Oceania Club Championship - 1999
Brisbane Roar
A-League Premiership: 1 - 2010–11
A-League Championship: 2 - 2010–11, 2011–12
Captain                Mile Jedinak
Most Caps          Mark Schwarzer (109)
Top Scorer          Tim Cahill (32)
FIFA code           AUS
FIFA ranking      62 Decrease 3
Highest FIFA ranking     14 (September 2009)
Lowest FIFA ranking      92 (June 2000)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – Teamwork. Determination. Bravery.  Cahill, Bresciano, Jedinak.
Weaknesses – Lack of experience in a major league. While impossible is nothing, in a group with Chile, Netherlands and Spain only a huge, huge surprise would see Australia going forward in the group stage. On top of that, they did not convince anyone in their qualifying games on the road to the World Cup.
Opportunities – Playing on the biggest world stage possible, this is an opportunity for several players unleash their potential in order to get the prospective contract of their lives after the competition.
Threats – They are likely to finish in the last places of the World Cup out of the 32 squads. They need a strong transition period in order to strength them on the world stage. Anything other than a defeat will be a major achievement for the Socceroos.


Coach: Vicente del Bosque 
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), David De Gea (Manchester United)
Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
Midfielders: Xavi (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Juan Mata (Manchester United), David Silva (Manchester City)
Forwards: Pedro (Barcelona), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), David Villa (Atletico Madrid), Fernando Torres (Chelsea). 

Wed      14/08/13             FRI         Ecuador               0 - 2       Spain    
Fri           06/09/13           WQE      Finland                0 - 2       Spain    
Tue        10/09/13             FRI         Spain                   2 - 2       Chile     
Fri           11/10/13           WQE      Spain                    2 - 1       Belarus
Tue        15/10/13             WQE      Spain                   2 - 0       Georgia
Sat         16/11/13             FRI         Equat. Guinea      1 - 2       Spain
Tue        19/11/13             FRI         South Africa         1 - 0       Spain    
Wed      05/03/14              FRI         Spain                    1 - 0       Italy      
Fri           30/05/14           FRI         Spain                    2 - 0       Bolivia
Sat         07/06/14             FRI         El Salvador          0 - 2       Spain

La Furia Roja (The Red Fury) 
La Furia (The Fury)
La Roja (The Red [One])
Association        Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF)
Confederation                 UEFA (Europe)
Head Coach       Vicente del Bosque

   Real Madrid
La Liga  : 2000–01, 2002–03
Supercopa de España  : 2001
Copa Iberoamericana  : 1994
UEFA Champions League  : 1999–2000, 2001–02
UEFA Super Cup  : 2002
Intercontinental Cup  : 2002
FIFA World Cup  : 2010
UEFA European Championship  :2012
UEFA Club Coach of the Year  : 2000, 2002
IFFHS World's Best Club Coach: 2002
IFFHS World’s Best National Coach  : 2009, 2010, 2012
World Manager of the Year: 2012
FIFA World Coach of the Year: 2012
Captain                Iker Casillas
Most Caps          Iker Casillas (154)
Top Scorer          David Villa (58)
FIFA code           ESP
FIFA ranking      1
Highest FIFA ranking     1 (July 2008 – June 2009, October 2009 – March 2010, July 2010 – July 2011, October 2011–present)
Lowest FIFA ranking      25 (March 1998)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – Being World Champions. Possessing one of the most well articulated squad. Possession, willingness, born winners, objective. Casillas, Alonso, Iniesta, Xavi.
Weaknesses – Slow transition to a “new squad” with the same depth and articulation in terms of processes. Sounds doubtful that Spain will keep this era going for longer and the new players ready for that process, do not seem to be so ready despite the high level they possess. Pique, Ramos, Busquets, Alba.
Opportunities – Beating Chile in the second match. Koke, Juanfran.
Threats – Unlikely possibility of reproducing the same quality football and results from the past couple of years. Having Chile in the same Group.

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