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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Group C - 2014 FIFA World Cup™


Greece


Coach: Fernando Santos 
Goalkeepers: Orestis Karnezis (Granada), Panagiotis Glykos (PAOK), Stefanos Kapino (Panathinaikos)
Defenders: Kostas Manolas, Jose Holebas (both Olympiakos), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund), Vangelis Moras (Verona), Giorgos Tzavellas (PAOK), Loukas Vyntra (Levante), Vasilis Torosidis (Roma)
Midfielders: Alexandros Tziolis (Kayserispor), Andreas Samaris, Giannis Maniatis (both Olympiakos), Kostas Katsouranis (PAOK), Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham), Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Torino), Giannis Fetfatzidis (Genoa), Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, Panagiotis Kone (both Bologna)
Forwards: Dimitris Salpingidis (PAOK), Giorgos Samaras (Celtic), Kostas Mitroglou (Fulham), Fanis Gekas (Konyaspor). 





Fri           06/09/13             WQE      Liechtenstein    0 - 1       Greece
Tue        10/09/13             WQE      Greece                1 - 0       Latvia   
Fri           11/10/13             WQE      Greece               1 - 0       Slovakia
Tue        15/10/13             WQE      Greece                2 - 0       Liechtenstein
Fri           15/11/13             WQE      Greece               3 - 1       Romania
Tue        19/11/13             WQE      Romania             1 - 1       Greece               
Wed      05/03/14             FRI         Greece                 0 - 2       Korea Republic
Sat         31/05/14             FRI         Portugal              0 - 0       Greece               
Wed      04/06/14             FRI         Greece                 0 - 0       Nigeria                
Sat         07/06/14             FRI         Greece                2 - 1       Bolivia

Nickname(s)     Ethniki (National)
Piratiko (The Pirate Ship)
Galanolefki (Sky blue-white)
Association        Hellenic Football Federation (HFF)
Ελληνική Ποδοσφαιρική Ομοσπονδία
Confederation                 UEFA (Europe)
Head Coach       Fernando Santos

         Porto
Portuguese Liga  : 1998–99
Portuguese Cup  : 1999–00, 2000–01
Portuguese SuperCup  : 1999, 2000
AEK Athens
Greek Cup  : 2002
Individual
Super League Greece Manager of the Year  : 2001–02, 2004–05, 2008–09, 2009–10
Super League Greece Manager of the Decade  : 2000–10
Asst Coach         Leonidas Vokolos
Captain                Giorgos Karagounis
Most Caps          Giorgos Karagounis (135)
Top Scorer          Nikos Anastopoulos (29)
Home stadium Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium
FIFA code           GRE
FIFA ranking      12
Highest FIFA ranking     8 (April 2008 – June 2008; October 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking      66 (September 1998) 

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – The defensive line. For Greece to be beaten it will take a lot, but we can only see it happening from the wings because they are very hard to beat through the centre especially with the likes of Manolas and Sokratis playing a major role on the nation’s strategy.  Mitroglou, Samaras, Torosidis.
Weaknesses – Unwillingness to maintain ball possession. Skills are not something that exist abundantly in the squad. Both factors might write off their chances. Gekas, Salpingidis, Karagounis, Katsouranis.
Opportunities – Known for their ferocious counter-attack, they have in Samaras and Mitroglou the necessary threat to the opposition. They are the low margin type of winners. 1-0, 2-1. 
Threats – They are in a group that anything can happen. Anyone can go through. But Ivory Coast and Colombia have very strong attacking players that can make a difference at anytime.  

 
 


Ivory Coast
Coach: Sabri Lamouchi 
Goalkeepers: Boubacar Barry (Lokeren), Sylvain Gbohouo (Sewe Sport), Sayouba Mande (Stabaek)
Defenders: Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro (Toulouse), Serge Aurier (Toulouse), Souleyman Bamba (Trabzonspor), Arthur Boka (VfB Stuttgart), Viera Diarrassouba (Caykur Rizespor), Constant Djakpa (Eintracht Frankfurt), Kolo Toure (Liverpool), Didier Zokora (Trabzonspor)
Midfielders: Geoffroy Serey Die (Basel), Ismael Diomande (St Etienne), Max Gradel (St Etienne), Cheick Tiote (Newcastle United), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Didier Ya Konan (Hannover 96)
Forwards: Mathis Bolly (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Wilfried Bony (Swansea City), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Gervinho (AS Roma), Salomon Kalou (Lille), Giovanni Sio (Basel).





 

Sun        16/06/13             WQA     Tanzania              2 - 4       Côte d'Ivoire    
Sat         06/07/13             ANC       Nigeria               4 - 1       Côte d'Ivoire    
Sat         27/07/13             ANC       Côte d'Ivoire       2 - 0       Nigeria
Thu        15/08/13             FRI         Mexico               4 - 1       Côte d'Ivoire    
Sat         07/09/13             WQA     Côte d'Ivoire        1 - 1       Morocco
Sat         12/10/13             WQA     Côte d'Ivoire        3 - 1       Senegal
Sat         16/11/13             WQA     Senegal                 1 - 1       Côte d'Ivoire
Wed      05/03/14             FRI         Belgium                2 - 2       Côte d'Ivoire
Sat         31/05/14             FRI         Bosnia-Herze.      2 - 1       Côte d'Ivoire    
Thu        05/06/14             FRI         El Salvador          1 - 2       Côte d'Ivoire

Nickname(s)     Les Éléphants (The Elephants)
Association        Fédération Ivoirienne de Football
Sub-Confederation        WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation                 CAF (Africa)
Head Coach       Sabri Lamouchi
Captain               Didier Drogba
Most Caps          Didier Zokora (121)
Top Scorer          Didier Drogba (65)
Home stadium Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny
FIFA code           CIV
FIFA ranking      21 Increase 3
Highest FIFA ranking     12 (February, April 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking      75 (March 2004)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – One of the strongest team of the competition all-around talking. Strong in the heart of the midfielder line. Quick in the wings. Outstanding upfront. Physically dominant. Drogba, Kalou, Gervinho, Yaya Touré.
Weaknesses – The fullbacks and the goalkeeper. Unless Gervinho and Kalou alongside Zokora and Tiote are implementing their defensive game, then this can become a serious issue to Ivory Coast. Barry, Boka, Aurier.
Opportunities – Using their pressure approach and exploiting their creativity, dribbling and technique as well as quick passing will enable them to create history in this World Cup. Definitely a strong attacking team with solid processes. Their Coach was an attacking player as well in his professional footballer career.  Tiote, Bony.
Threats – Japan with their intuitive game and Colombia.  These matches will define the outcome of Ivory Coast on the competition (even when they move forward to the next stage)
 
 
 


Colombia

Coach: José Pékerman
Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Nice), Faryd Mondragon (Deportivo Cali), Camilo Vargas (Santa Fe).
Defenders: Mario Yepes (Atalanta), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Carlos Valdes (San Lorenzo), Eder Alvarez Balanta (River Plate), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Camilo Zuniga (Napoli), Pablo Armero (West Ham).
Midfielders: Carlos Sanchez (Elche), Fredy Guarin (Inter Milan), Abel Aguilar (Toulouse), Aldo Leao Ramirez (Morelia), Juan Fernando Quintero (Porto), Víctor Ibarbo (Cagliari), James Rodriguez (Monaco), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina), Alexander Mejia (Atletico Nacional).
Forwards: Jackson Martinez (Porto), Carlos Bacca (Sevilla), Adrian Ramos (Hertha Berlin), Teofilo Gutierrez (River Plate). 

Wed      14/08/13             FRI         Colombia            1 - 0       Serbia  
Fri           06/09/13             WQS      Colombia          1 - 0       Ecuador              
Tue        10/09/13             WQS      Uruguay             2 - 0       Colombia
Fri           11/10/13             WQS      Colombia          3 - 3       Chile     
Wed      16/10/13             WQS      Paraguay             1 - 2       Colombia
Thu        14/11/13             FRI         Belgium             0 - 2       Colombia
Tue        19/11/13             FRI         Netherlands        0 - 0       Colombia
Wed      05/03/14             FRI         Colombia            1 - 1       Tunisia
Sat         31/05/14             FRI         Colombia           2 - 2       Senegal
Sat         07/06/14             FRI         Colombia           3 - 0       Jordan

Nickname(s)     Los Cafeteros (The Coffee Growers)
Tricolor (Tricolour)
Association        Federación Colombiana de Fútbol (FCF)
Confederation                 CONMEBOL (South America)
Head Coach       José Pékerman
    Argentina U20
FIFA U-20 World Cup :
Winners   : 1995, 1997, 2001
Individual
South American Coach of the Year  : 2012, 2013  
IFFHS best national Coach of the year nominee  : 2013 (5th)  
Captain                Mario Yepes
Most Caps          Carlos Valderrama (111)
Top Scorer          Arnoldo Iguarán (25)
Home stadium Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez
FIFA code           COL
FIFA ranking      8
Highest FIFA ranking     3 (July 2013, August 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking      54 (June 2011)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – The Coach, Pekerman. Thrilling strategy focus on the players individually rather than the team as a whole. He merges the quality of which one to facilitate entertaining football without neglecting the result. James, Guarin, Cuadrado, Martinez, Armero, Zapata.
Weaknesses – The loss of Falcao. The lack of depth of the defensive line.  Zuniga, Yepes, Ospina, Aguilar.
Opportunities – Exploit the talent, pace, power and instinct will definitely bring back the old good days of Valderrama, Rincon, Asprilla. Score more than what they concede as they attacking third is very, very good but the defensive line is more the opposite. Bacca.
Threats – If they are more aggressive than technical, they will be talking more to the referee rather than winning matches. They will have to be very focused against their competitors, especially Japan because of their “hypocrite and sleepy” approach that turns exploited chances into goals.
 
 
 


Japan
Coach: Alberto Zaccheroni
Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Standard Liege), Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Reds), Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo)
Defenders: Masahiko Inoha (Jubilo Iwata), Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka), Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan), Masato Morishige (FC Tokyo), Atsuto Uchida (Schalke), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Hannover), Gotoku Sakai (Stuttgart)
Midfielders: Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka), Makoto Hasebe (Nuremberg), Toshihiro Aoyama (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka)
Forwards: Keisuke Honda (AC Milan), Yoshito Okubo (Kawasaki Frontale), Shinji Okazaki (Mainz), Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United), Hiroshi Kiyotake (Nuremberg), Yoichiro Kakitani (Cerezo Osaka), Manabu Saito (Yokohama F Marinos), Yuya Osako (1860 Munich) 

Fri           06/09/13             FRI         Japan                  3 - 0       Guatemala        
Tue        10/09/13             FRI         Japan                    3 - 1       Ghana 
Fri           11/10/13             FRI         Serbia                 2 - 0       Japan   
Tue        15/10/13             FRI         Belarus                1 - 0       Japan   
Sat         16/11/13             FRI         Netherlands         2 - 2       Japan
Tue        19/11/13             FRI         Belgium               2 - 3       Japan
Wed      05/03/14             FRI         Japan                    4 - 2       New Zealand
Tue        27/05/14             FRI         Japan                    1 - 0       Cyprus
Tue        03/06/14             FRI         Costa Rica           1 - 3       Japan
Sat         07/06/14             FRI         Japan                    4 - 3       Zambia

Nickname(s)     サムライ・ブルー
(Samurai Blue)
(Zac Japan)
Association        日本サッカー協会
(Japan Football Association)
Sub-Confederation        EAFF (East Asia)
Confederation                 AFC (Asia)
Head Coach       Alberto Zaccheroni
     Milan
Serie A: 1998–99
Country
Japan
AFC Asian Cup: 2011
EAFF East Asian Cup: 2013
Captain                Makoto Hasebe
Most Caps          Yasuhito Endō (144)
Top Scorer          Kunishige Kamamoto (80)
Home stadium Saitama Stadium 2002
FIFA code           JPN
FIFA ranking      46 Increase 1
Highest FIFA ranking     9 (February 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking      66 (December 1992)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – Hypocrite and sleepy approach. Creativity and box-to-box defending. Decision-making and composure. Overlapping runs. Honda, Kagawa, Endo, Nagatomo, Uchida.
Weaknesses – Once they are dominated, they seem not to be able to get rid of its spell. Konno, Yoshida.
Opportunities – Exploit their attacking style to surprise the nations that still underestimate the power of Asian sides.  They stay as a team and they win as a team.
Threats – Most of the times they play to win, but as identified in the opportunities aforementioned, they rarely are able to strike back once they concede a goal and/or are dominated by the opposition.
 
 
 

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