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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Group E - 2014 FIFA World Cup™


France
Coach: Didier Deschamps 
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Mickaël Landreau (Bastia)
Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United), Lucas Digne (PSG) Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid)
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (PSG), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille), Remy Cabella (Montpellier), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton)
Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Loïc Rémy (Newcastle) 



Fri           06/09/13            WQE     Georgia       0 - 0       France 
Tue         10/09/13            WQE      Belarus       2 - 4       France 
Fri           11/10/13            FRI         France        6 - 0       Australia             
Tue         15/10/13            WQE      France        3 - 0        Finland
Fri          15/11/13            WQE      Ukraine      2 - 0        France
Tue        19/11/13             WQE      France        3 - 0        Ukraine              
Wed       05/03/14             FRI         France       2 - 0        Netherlands
Tue        27/05/14             FRI         France       4 - 0        Norway              
Sun        01/06/14             FRI         France       1 - 1        Paraguay
Sun        08/06/14             FRI         France       8 - 0        Jamaica

Nickname(s)     Les Bleus (The Blues)
Les Tricolores (The Tri-colors)
Association        Fédération Française
de Football (FFF)
Confederation                 UEFA (Europe)
Head Coach       Didier Deschamps
     Monaco
Ligue 1 Runner-up: 2002–03
Coupe de la Ligue: 2003
UEFA Champions League Runner-up: 2003–04
Juventus
Serie B: 2006–07
Marseille
Ligue 1: 2009–10; Runner-up: 2010–11
Coupe de la Ligue: 2010, 2011, 2012
Trophée des Champions: 2010, 2011
Asst Coach         Guy Stéphan
Captain                Hugo Lloris
Most Caps          Lilian Thuram (142)
Top Scorer          Thierry Henry (51)
Home stadium Stade de France
FIFA code           FRA
FIFA ranking      17
Highest FIFA ranking     1 (May 2001 – May 2002)
Lowest FIFA ranking      27 (September 2010)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – France has one of the stronger squads of the competition having every single position with the biggest talents the world able to create an “unbeatable” nation. Lloris, Evra, Debuchy, Benzema, Remy.
Weaknesses – The arrogance and selfish approach that made them waste a previous world cup.  If they are not able to perform as a group, they will be having problems with unexpected nations. Giroud, Koscielny, Sagna.
Opportunities – Weaker group, easy to advance. Varane, Cabaye, Pogba, Matuidi, Griezmann.
Threats – If France does not beat Switzerland in the second match they will have a very hard task facing Ecuador that might want to have a word in this competition’s phase.
 
 
 














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Honduras

Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez 
Goalkeepers: Noel Valladares (Olimpia), Donis Escober (Olimpia), Luis Lopez (Real Espana).
Defenders: Brayan Beckeles (Olimpia), Arnold Peralta (Rangers), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic), Juan Carlos Garcia (Wigan), Maynor Figueroa (Hull), Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes), Osman Chavez (Qingdao Jonoon), Juan Pablo Montes (Motagua).
Midfielders: Luis Garrido (Olimpia), Roger Espinoza (Wigan), Jorge Claros (Motagua), Wilson Palacios (Stoke), Oscar Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo), Andy Najar (Anderlecht), Mario Martinez (Real Espana), Marvin Chavez (Colorado Rapids).
Forwards: Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution), Jerry Palacios (Alajuelense), Carlo Costly (Real Espana), Rony Martinez (Real Sociedad). 








Sat         07/09/13            WQC       Mexico              1 - 2       Honduras           
Wed      11/09/13             WQC       Honduras           2 - 2       Panama              
Fri           11/10/13           WQC       Honduras          1 - 0       Costa Rica
Wed      16/10/13             WQC       Jamaica             2 - 2       Honduras
Sun        17/11/13             FRI         Honduras           0 - 5       Brazil    
Wed      20/11/13              FRI         Honduras           2 - 2       Ecuador
Thu        06/03/14             FRI         Honduras           2 - 1       Venezuela
Fri           30/05/14            FRI         Honduras           0 - 2       Turkey
Mon      02/06/14              FRI         Honduras           2 - 4       Israel    
Sat         07/06/14             FRI          England             0 - 0       Honduras

Nickname(s)     Los Catrachos
                           La Bicolor
                           La H
                           La Garra Catracha
Association        Federación Nacional Autónoma de Fútbol de Honduras
Sub-Confederation        UNCAF (Central America)
Confederation                 CONCACAF
Head Coach       Luis Fernando Suárez
     Atlético Nacional
Categoría Primera A: 1999
Captain                Noel Valladares
Most Caps          Amado Guevara (138)
Top Scorer          Carlos Pavón (57)
Home stadium Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano
FIFA code           HON
FIFA ranking      33 Decrease -3
Highest FIFA ranking     20 (September 2001)
Lowest FIFA ranking      95 (November 1998)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – The Premier League experience of some of the players will be helping in a group that is up for grabs for any of the involved. We will see plenty of overlapping runs from one of the best Honduran player, Izaguirre exposing the opposition’s defence.  Izaguirre, Palacios, Espinoza.
Weaknesses – Lack of experience of most of the players in major competitions.  Beckeles, Bernardez.
Opportunities – Having 3 loses and 3 draws from previous World Cup outings, they might want to go for 3 wins this time to balance the stats. Najar, Bengtson.
Threats – Heavy competition on this group as anyone can advance, no nation will want to jeopardize the chance of causing a surprise.  
 
 

Ecuador

Coach Reinaldo Rueda
Goalkeepers: Alexander Dominguez (Liga de Quito), Maximo Banguera (Barcelona, Ecuador), Adrian Bone (El Nacional).
Defenders: Gabriel Achilier (Emelec), Walter Ayovi (Pachuca), Oscar Bagui (Emelec), Frickson Erazo (Flamengo), Jorge Guagua (Emelec), Juan Carlos Paredes (Barcelona, Ecuador).
Midfielders: Segundo Castillo (Al Hilal), Carlos Gruezo (Stuttgart), Renato Ibarra (Vitesse Arnhem), Fidel Martinez (Tijuana), Edison Mendez (Santa Fe), Christian Noboa (Dinamo Moscow), Luis Saritama (Barcelona, Ecuador), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).
Forwards: Jaime Ayovi (Tijuana), Felipe Caicedo (Al-Jazira), Jefferson Montero (Morelia), Joao Rojas (Cruz Azul), Enner Valencia (Pachuca), Michael Arroyo (Atlante). 

Fri          06/09/13            WQS      Colombia            1 - 0       Ecuador              
Tue        10/09/13             WQS      Bolivia                1 - 1       Ecuador              
Fri         11/10/13              WQS      Ecuador              1 - 0       Uruguay
Wed       16/10/13             WQS      Chile                   2 - 1       Ecuador
Sat         16/11/13             FRI         Ecuador              0 - 0       Argentina
Wed       20/11/13             FRI         Honduras            2 - 2       Ecuador
Wed       05/03/14             FRI         Australia             3 - 4       Ecuador
Sat         17/05/14             FRI         Netherlands        1 - 1       Ecuador
Sat         31/05/14             FRI         Mexico               3 - 1       Ecuador
Wed      04/06/14              FRI         Ecuador              2 - 2       England

Nickname(s)     La Tri (Tri-color)
Association        Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol (FEF)
Confederation                 CONMEBOL (South America)
Head Coach       Reinaldo Rueda
Selección Sub-21 de Colombia                 in  Toulon 2000
Captain                Antonio Valencia
Most Caps          Iván Hurtado (167)
Top Scorer          Agustín Delgado (31)
Home stadium Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito
FIFA code           ECU
FIFA ranking      26 Increase 2
Highest FIFA ranking     10 (April 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking      76 (June 1995)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – Ecuador in some parts (individually) is a strong contender to advance in this group. That has been seen through the qualifying phase to the World Cup. They play fast on a higher tempo note and use often the wings to take advantage of their amazing wingers. Valencia, Caicedo, Montero, Castillo.
Weaknesses – Lack of talent in most of the key areas such as defence and central midfield might dictate their run in the Brazil’s competition. Guagua, Erazo, Ayovi.
Opportunities – Once again, a South American nation might be able to use the weather to their benefit. That’s Ecuador, trying to cause an upset in a group pundits see France and Switzerland through. Fortunately, enough, and in the blessed memory of Benitez, they will give everything they can and what they have not to dedicate this competition to him. Noboa.
Threats – If Ecuador makes 4 points, they might be the nation to advance, but it seems the calculator will be heavily used in this group as the only stamped visa to the next round seems to have been awarded to France. So attack and defense will play a major role in the first two matches.
 
 

Switzerland
Coach: Otmar Hitzfeld
Goalkeepers: Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg), Roman Buerki (Grasshopper), Yann Sommer (Basel).
Defenders: Johan Djourou (Hamburg), Michael Lang (Grasshopper), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Fabian Schaer (Basel), Philippe Senderos (Valencia), Steve von Bergen (Young Boys), Reto Ziegler (Sassuolo).
Midfielders: Tranquillo Barnetta (Eintracht Frankfurt), Valon Behrami (Napoli), Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli), Gelson Fernandes (Freiburg), Gokhan Inler (Napoli), Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich), Valentin Stocker (Basel).
Forwards: Josip Drmic (Nuremberg), Mario Gavranovic (Zurich), Admir Mehmedi (Freiburg), Haris Seferovic (Real Sociedad), Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach).

Sat        08/06/13             WQE      Switzerland        1 - 0       Cyprus 
Wed      14/08/13             FRI         Switzerland        1 - 0       Brazil    
Fri         06/09/13             WQE      Switzerland        4 - 4       Iceland
Tue       10/09/13             WQE      Norway               0 - 2       Switzerland       
Fri         11/10/13             WQE      Albania               1 - 2       Switzerland
Tue        15/10/13             WQE      Switzerland        1 - 0       Slovenia
Fri          15/11/13             FRI         Korea Republic 2 - 1       Switzerland
Wed       05/03/14             FRI         Switzerland        2 - 2       Croatia
Fri         30/05/14             FRI         Switzerland        1 - 0       Jamaica
Tue        03/06/14             FRI         Switzerland        2 - 0       Peru

Nickname(s)     Schweizer Nati, La Nati, Rossocrociati
Association        Swiss Football Association
Confederation                 UEFA (Europe)
Head Coach       Ottmar Hitzfeld
     FC Aarau
Swiss Cup: 1985
Grasshopper
Swiss Super League: 1989–90, 1990–91
Swiss Cup: 1989, 1990
Swiss Super Cup: 1989
Borussia Dortmund
Bundesliga: 1994–95, 1995–96
DFB-Supercup: 1995, 1996
UEFA Champions League: 1996–97
Bayern Munich
Bundesliga: 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2007–08
DFB-Pokal: 1999–00, 2002–03, 2007–08
DFB Ligapokal: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007
UEFA Champions League: 2000–01
Intercontinental Cup: 2001
Individual honours
UEFA Coach of the Year 2001
German Football Manager of the Year 2008
Voted Bayern Munich's greatest Coach ever[15]
Rated the best Bundesliga-Coach of all time[16]
IFFHS World's Best Club Coach (1997 and 2001)
Captain                Gökhan Inler
Most Caps          Heinz Hermann (117)
Top Scorer          Alexander Frei (42)
FIFA code           SUI
FIFA ranking      6
Highest FIFA ranking     3 (August 1993)
Lowest FIFA ranking      83 (December 1998)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – Lichtsteiner, Senderos, Djourou, Rodriguez, Von Berger, Benaglio, Barnetta. These seem to be the strength that lead Switzerland unbeaten to the World Cup Coached by Ottmar Hitzfeld.  
Weaknesses – Old fashioned football that places their biggest asset mostly on the work rate and some other times if winning early, they use also the pace on the wings. Gelson
Opportunities – Bundesliga and Calcio mixed in the attacking lines through Midfielders and Forwards will enable Switzerland on a almost convincing qualification to the next round trying to reach their records as back in the days, 30s and 50s. Shaqiri, Inler
Threats – They depend too much on the way the opposition performs, meaning they play not to lose, but they are not focused on winning as a priority. Either way, they are expected to be one of the unexpected good performers of the competition.  
 
 

 

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