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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Group F - 2014 FIFA World Cup™

Coach: Alejandro Sabella
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Monaco), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Agustin Orion (Boca Juniors).
Defenders: Federico Fernandez (Napoli), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Jose Basanta (Monterrey), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan).
Midfielders: Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Augusto Fernandez (Celta Vigo), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Maxi Rodriguez (Newell’s Old Boys), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter Milan), Enzo Perez (Benfica).
Forwards: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan).

Sat         15/06/13             FRI         Guatemala         0 - 4       Argentina          
Wed      14/08/13             FRI         Italy                    1 - 2       Argentina          
Wed      11/09/13             WQS      Paraguay             2 - 5       Argentina          
Sat         12/10/13             WQS      Argentina           3 - 1       Peru     
Wed      16/10/13             WQS      Uruguay              3 - 2       Argentina
Sat         16/11/13             FRI         Ecuador              0 - 0       Argentina
Tue        19/11/13             FRI         Argentina            2 - 0       Bosnia-Herzegovina
Wed      05/03/14             FRI         Romania              0 - 0       Argentina            
Wed      04/06/14             FRI         Argentina            3 - 0       Trinidad and Tobago
Sat         07/06/14             FRI         Argentina           2 - 0       Slovenia

Nickname(s)     La Albiceleste (The White and Sky Blue)
Association        Asociación del Fútbol Argentino (AFA)
Confederation                 CONMEBOL (South America)
Head Coach       Alejandro Sabella
Copa Libertadores: 2009
Argentine Primera División: 2010 Apertura
Captain                Lionel Messi
Most Caps          Javier Zanetti (145)
Top Scorer          Gabriel Batistuta (56)
Home stadium Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti
FIFA code           ARG
FIFA ranking      5
Highest FIFA ranking     1 (March 2007)
Lowest FIFA ranking      20 (August 1996)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – They have the best South American player consider by some the best player in the World that will try to emulate Maradona, Messi his name. One of the heaviest contenders to win the competition, at least before the World Cup.  Messi, Di Maria, Higuain, Aguero.
Weaknesses – While the attacking power is tremendous, the defence does not seem to be balanced enough with players that have been a dubious choice to play in the greatest competition of football, the World Cup. They will not be tested in the group stage and this can lead to overwhelming and unfulfilled expectations. Mascherano, Demichelis, Rojo.
Opportunities – More stability as been brought to the group by its mentor, Sabella and this will settle the way Argentina will perform. Nervous they are ordinary, focused they are world genius.   Gago, Zabaleta.
Threats – A loss or draw in the first match would leave everything to be decided in the last day against Nigeria which could not be the best of ideas.  
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Coach: Safet Susic
Goalkeepers: Asmir Begovic (Stoke City), Asmir Avdukic (Borac Banja Luka), Jasmin Fejzic (VFR Aalen)
Defenders: Emir Spahic (Bayer Leverkusen), Sead Kolasinac (Schalke 04), Ermin Bicakcic (Eintracht Braunschweig), Ognjen Vranjes (Elazigspor), Toni Sunjic (Zarya Lugansk), Avdija Vrsajevic (Hajduk Split), Mensur Mujdza (Freiburg)
Midfielders: Zvjezdan Misimovic (Guizhou Renhe), Haris Medunjanin (Gaziantepspor), Miralem Pjanic (AS Roma), Sejad Salihovic (Hoffenheim), Senad Lulic (Lazio), Izet Hajrovic (Galatasaray), Senijad Ibricic (Erciyesspor), Tino Sven Susic (Hajduk Split), Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros), Anel Hadzic (Sturm Graz)
Forwards: Edin Dzeko (Manchester City), Vedad Ibisevic (VfB Stuttgart), Edin Visca (Istanbul BB)

Fri           07/06/13           WQE     Latvia                              0 - 5       Bosnia-Herz.
Wed      14/08/13             FRI        Bosnia-Herz.                   3 - 4       United States   
Fri           06/09/13          WQE      Bosnia-Herz.                   0 - 1       Slovakia              
Tue        10/09/13            WQE      Slovakia                          1 - 2       Bosnia-Herz.
Fri           11/10/13           WQE      Bosnia-Herz.                  4 - 1       Liechtenstein
Tue        15/10/13            WQE      Lithuania                         0 - 1       Bosnia-Herz.
Tue        19/11/13            FRI         Argentina                        2 - 0       Bosnia-Herz.
Wed      05/03/14             FRI         Bosnia-Herz.                  0 - 2       Egypt   
Sat         31/05/14            FRI         Bosnia-Herz.                   2 - 1       Côte d'Ivoire    
Wed      04/06/14             FRI         Mexico                            0 - 1       Bosnia-Herz.

Nickname(s)     Zmajevi (Dragons)
Zlatni Ljiljani (Golden Lilies)
Association        Nogometni/Fudbalski Savez Bosne i Hercegovine (N/FSBiH)
Confederation                 UEFA (Europe)
Head Coach       Safet Sušić
Asst Coach         Borče Sredojević
    Elvir Baljić
    Elvir Rahimić
    Tomislav Piplica
Captain                Emir Spahić
Most Caps          Zvjezdan Misimović (82)
Top Scorer          Edin Džeko (35)
Home stadium Bilino Polje, Zenica
FIFA code           BIH
FIFA ranking      21
Highest FIFA ranking     13 (August 2013)
Lowest FIFA ranking      173 (September 1996)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – A squad made of the physicality and discipline present between Bundesliga and Superlig. Adding to such characteristics we will have the technique of the midfielders and the firepower established goalscorers. Dzeko, Ibisevic, Lulic, Pjanic, Begovic.
Weaknesses – While the rest of the squad is full of potential ready to materialize, most of the defensive line is on holiday in Brazil.  Bikacic, Kolasinac, Mudjza.
Opportunities – Bosnia will have the hardest test on the first match, but they will fancy their chances when they face Nigeria and Iran. Depending on the tempo of the match against Argentina, they can create an unexpected result.
Threats – If their confidence drops high after the first match, the World Cup might become a sad competition for the nation that comes from the Balkans, still they depend of later results rather than early as the scheduled is configured.


Coach: Stephen Keshi
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille), Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United).
Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (Monaco), Efe Ambrose (Celtic), Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor), Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves), Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough), Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod), Joseph Yobo (Norwich, on loan from Fenerbahce), Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars).
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea), Ramon Azeez (Almeria), Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio), Reuben Gabriel (Waasland-Beveren), Michael Babatunde (Volyn Lutsk).
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow), Shola Ameobi (Newcastle), Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce), Michael Uchebo (Cercle Brugge), Peter Odemwingie (Stoke), Victor Moses (Liverpool, on loan from Chelsea), Uche Nwofor (Heerenveen).

Sat         11/01/14             ANC       Mali                       2 - 1       Nigeria
Wed      15/01/14             ANC       Nigeria                   4 - 2       Mozambique
Sun        19/01/14             ANC       Nigeria                  3 - 1       South Africa
Sat         25/01/14             ANC       Nigeria              E 4 - 3       Morocco
Wed      29/01/14             ANC       Nigeria                  0 - 0 P    Ghana    
Sat         01/02/14             ANC       Zimbabwe            0 - 1       Nigeria
Thu        06/03/14             FRI         Mexico                 0 - 0       Nigeria
Wed      28/05/14             FRI         Nigeria                  2 - 2       Scotland
Wed      04/06/14             FRI         Greece                   0 - 0       Nigeria
Sat         07/06/14             FRI         USA                     2 - 1       Nigeria

Nickname(s)     Super Eagles
Association        Nigeria Football Federation
Sub-Confederation        WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation                 CAF (Africa)
Head Coach       Stephen Keshi

Africa Cup of Nations  : 2013
Confederations of African Football- African Coach of the Year 2013
Captain                Vincent Enyeama
Most Caps          Joseph Yobo (96)
Top Scorer          Rashidi Yekini (37)
Home stadium Abuja Stadium
FIFA code           NGA
FIFA ranking      45 Increase 2
Highest FIFA ranking     5 (April 1994)
Lowest FIFA ranking      82 (November 1999)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – This squad carries the hot prospect of delivering the best results in the history of the country surpassing the last 16 of the 90s. They are prepared to make some real damage scoring many goals. Strong goalkeeper, central and wide midfielder plus a certified goalscorer upfront is more than enough to see them creating magic as they did with Okocha, Yekini, Amokachi, Kanu, etc.   Obi Mikel, Moses, Musa, Emenike, Enyeama.
Weaknesses – Lack of organization (federation) might influence the outcome of this World Cup. While attacking line is of the greatest and most exciting prospect, the defensive structure heads to the opposite, so unless the balance becomes the focus, they will not turn their potential into amazing football.
Opportunities – Winning the second match will dictate if they advance 1st or 2nd in the group because the schedule protects Nigeria, while their biggest enemy is actually themselves.
Threats – The absence of emotional stability can lead to lack of concentration meaning mistakes committed at the expense of the qualification. Bosnia is there to exploit every opportunity and they will not waste it.

Coach: Carlos Queiroz
Goalkeepers: Daniel Davari (Eintracht Braunschweig), Alireza Haghighi (Sporting Covilha, on loan from Rubin Kazan), Rahman Ahmadi (Sepahan).
Defenders: Hossein Mahini (Persepolis), Steven Beitashour (Vancouver Whitecaps), Pejman Montazeri (Umm Salal), Jalal Hosseini (Persepolis), Amir-Hossein Sadeghi (Esteghlal), Ahmad Alenemeh (Naft), Hashem Beikzadeh (Esteghlal), Mehrdad Pouladi (Persepolis).
Midfielders: Javad Nekounam (Kuwait SC), Andranik Teymourian (Esteghlal), Reza Haghighi (Persepolis), Ghasem Haddadifar (Zob Ahan), Bakhtiar Rahmani (Foolad), Ehsan Hajsafi (Sepahan).
Forwards: Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham), Masoud Shojaei (Las Palmas), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (NEC Nijmegen), Reza Ghoochannejhad (Charlton), Karim Ansarifard (Tractor Saz, on loan from Persepolis), Khosro Heydari (Esteghlal).

Tue        18/06/13             WQA     Korea Republic     0 - 1       Iran       
Tue        15/10/13             ACQ       Iran                       2 - 1       Thailand             
Fri           15/11/13             ACQ       Thailand              0 - 3       Iran       
Tue        19/11/13             ACQ       Lebanon               1 - 4       Iran       
Mon      03/03/14             ACQ       Iran                       3 - 2       Kuwait 
Wed      05/03/14             FRI         Iran                        1 - 2       Guinea
Sun        18/05/14             FRI         Iran                       0 - 0       Belarus
Mon      26/05/14             FRI         Montenegro           0 - 0       Iran
Fri           30/05/14             FRI         Iran                      1 - 1       Angola
Sun        08/06/14             FRI         Trinidad T.            0 - 2       Iran

Nickname(s)     Team Melli (تیم ملی - The National Team)
Ŝirāne Irān (شیران ایران - The Iranian Lions) 
Ŝāhzādegāne Pārsi (شاهزادگان پارسی - The Princes of Persia)  
Setāregāne Pārsi (ستارگان پارسی - The Persian Stars) 
Eftexāre Pārs (افتخار پارس - Honour of Persia)
Association        Football Federation of Iran (FFIRI)
Federāsione Futbālle Irān
Confederation                 AFC (Asia)
Head Coach       Carlos Queiroz  

     Portugal Youth
FIFA World Youth Championship  : 1989, 1991
European Under-16 Championship  : 1989
Sporting CP
Taça de Portugal  : 1994–95
Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira  : 1995
Real Madrid
Supercopa de España  : 2003
Captain                Javad Nekounam
Most Caps          Ali Daei (149)
Top Scorer          Ali Daei (109)
Home stadium Azadi Stadium
FIFA code           IRN
FIFA ranking      43 Decrease 6
Highest FIFA ranking     15 (July 2005)
Lowest FIFA ranking      122 (May 1996)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – They make of their compactness in defence their best asset. They rarely score, but they don’t tend to concede much. They have mental resiliency and defensive tenacity. Nekounam
Weaknesses – Lack of experience and low ranking is certainly settling the fate of this squad.
Opportunities – If they can come out with a narrow win vs. Nigeria, they will try to fancy their chances in the last match vs. Bosnia. Unlikely, but still on the table the possibility.
Threats – They are not the stronger squad and their individual ability is not the greatest so they have to maintain themselves compact and explore any of the few opportunities they are given to damage opposition to go and create an unlikely surprise in this World Cup.

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