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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Group G - 2014 FIFA World Cup™


Coach: Joachim Loew
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover).
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).
Midfielders: Julian Draxler (Schalke), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich).
Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).

Fri          06/09/13             WQE      Germany            3 - 0       Austria
Tue        10/09/13             WQE      Faroe Islands      0 - 3       Germany           
Fri          11/10/13             WQE      Germany            3 - 0       Republic of Ireland
Tue        15/10/13             WQE      Sweden               3 - 5       Germany           
Fri          15/11/13             FRI         Italy                    1 - 1       Germany
Tue        19/11/13             FRI         England               0 - 1       Germany
Wed       05/03/14             FRI         Germany             1 - 0       Chile     
Tue        13/05/14             FRI         Germany             0 - 0       Poland
Sun        01/06/14             FRI         Germany             2 - 2       Cameroon
Fri          06/06/14             FRI         Germany             6 - 1       Armenia

Nickname(s)     Nationalmannschaft (national team), Nationalelf (national eleven) or DFB-Elf (DFB eleven); Die Adler (The Eagles);
Die Mannschaft (The Team) is used mostly by non-German language media
Association        German Football Association
(Deutscher Fußball-Bund – DFB)
Confederation                 UEFA (Europe)
Head Coach       Joachim Löw

     VfB Stuttgart
DFB-Pokal: 1996–97
DFB-Ligapokal Runner-up: 1997
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Runner-up: 1997–98
FC Tirol Innsbruck
Austrian Football Bundesliga: 2001–02
FK Austria Wien
Austrian Supercup: 2003
FIFA Confederations Cup: 3rd place in 2005 (as assistant to Jürgen Klinsmann)
FIFA World Cup: 3rd place in 2006 (as assistant to Jürgen Klinsmann) and in 2010
UEFA European Championship: Runner-up in 2008, semi-finalist in 2012
Captain                Philipp Lahm
Most Caps          Lothar Matthäus (150)
Top Scorer          Miroslav Klose (69)
FIFA code           GER
FIFA ranking      2
Highest FIFA ranking     1  (December 1992, August 1993, December 1993, February 1994 – March 1994, June 1994)
Lowest FIFA ranking      22  (March 2006)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – World class squad. Filled with multiple possible combinations and versatility within the team. Experienced winners, hot prospects and some others ready to perform to the highest level possible, makes this nation one of the highest contender to lift the trophy. Tactically brilliant. Muller, Khedira, Lahm, Neuer, Schweinsteiger.
Weaknesses – Will play their fate on the first two matches as they will face two totally different teams that will highlight the potential weaknesses of the team, whether through the physical side of it or through the technical. Mertesacker, Klose
Opportunities – If they KO Portugal, they might hurt deep the pride of the Portuguese and help to eliminate them early, meaning they would not have to face them later on to a possible loss in a “do-or-die” match. Hummels, Ozil, Gotze
Threats – Portugal and Ghana will for sure test the highest qualities of the Germans. 


Coach: Paulo Bento
Goalkeepers: Beto (Sevilla), Eduardo (Braga), Rui Patricio (Sporting).
Defenders: Andre Almeida (Benfica), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahce), Fabio Coentreo (Real Madrid), Joao Pereira (Valencia), Neto (Zenit), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Costa (Valencia).
Midfielders: Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Miguel Veloso (Dinamo Kiev), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce), Ruben Amorim (Benfica), William Carvalho (Sporting).
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Eder (SC Braga), Helder Postiga (Lazio), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Nani (Manchester United), Rafa (Braga), Varela (FC Porto), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg).

Fri          06/09/13             WQE      N. Ireland           2 - 4       Portugal             
Wed       11/09/13              FRI        Brazil                  3 - 1       Portugal
Fri          11/10/13             WQE      Portugal              1 - 1       Israel    
Tue        15/10/13             WQE      Portugal               3 - 0       Luxembourg
Fri          15/11/13             WQE      Portugal              1 - 0       Sweden
Tue        19/11/13             WQE      Sweden                2 - 3       Portugal             
Wed       05/03/14             FRI         Portugal              5 - 1       Cameroon         
Sat         07/06/14             FRI         Mexico                0 - 1       Portugal             
Wed      11/06/14             FRI         Rep. Ireland         1 - 5       Portugal

Nickname(s)     A Selecção
A Seleção
A Seleção das Quinas
Os Navegadores (The Navigators)
Association        Federação Portuguesa de Futebol (FPF)
Confederation                 UEFA (Europe)
Head Coach       Paulo Bento
Portuguese Cup: 2006–07, 2007–08
Portuguese Supercup: 2007, 2008
Portuguese League Cup: Runner-up 2007–08, 2008–09
Captain                Cristiano Ronaldo
Most Caps          Luís Figo (127)
Top Scorer          Cristiano Ronaldo (49)
Home stadium Estádio do Jamor
FIFA code           POR
FIFA ranking      4
Highest FIFA ranking     3 (May–June 2010, October 2012, April–June 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking      43 (August 1998)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – Individual ability overtakes the team processes, fortunately Portugal has players that are among the best in the world in terms of skill. They can hurt any team at any moment in the match, so perhaps one or two goal lead might not be enough to beat Portugal and on the other end when they score they ten d to increase and go for more. Ronaldo, Rui Patricio, Moutinho, Meireles.
Weaknesses – Dependence of one particular, despite being the current best player in the world. The fullbacks are not of the highest excellence as well as the Midfielders that often play are not ready for 2nd balls leaving possession often to opposition leading to childish conceded goals. Alves, Pepe, Pereira, Coentrão, Veloso, Postiga.
Opportunities – Using their experience in major competitions (club/nation) will give them the edge to go far in the competition, but they will have to start with Germany. This match will either exorcise or bring back “old ghosts”. Eder, Veirinha, William.
Threats – If they meet a high tempo playing squad, they will succumb. If they don’t doubt their quality, then they will go ahead without any problematic until the last 8 minimum.


Coach: Akwasi Appiah
Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates), Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset), Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars).
Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Platanias), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege), Harrison Afful (Esperance), John Boye (Rennes), Jonathan Mensah (Evian), Rashid Sumalia (Mamelodi Sundowns).
Midfielders: Michael Essien (AC Milan), Sulley Muntari (AC Milan), Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese), Afriyie Acquah (Parma), Christian Atsu (Vitesse), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough), Andre Ayew (Marseille), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan).
Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain), Kevin-Prince Boateng (Schalke 04), Abdul Majeed Waris (Valenciennes), Jordan Ayew (Sochaux).

Sat         04/01/14             FRI         Namibia               0 - 1       Ghana 
Mon      13/01/14             ANC       Ghana                  1 - 0       Congo  
Fri           17/01/14             ANC       Ghana                1 - 1       Libya
Tue        21/01/14             ANC       Ethiopia               0 - 1       Ghana
Sun        26/01/14             ANC       Ghana                  1 - 0       Congo DR
Wed      29/01/14             ANC       Nigeria                 0 - 0 P    Ghana                
Sat         01/02/14             ANC       Libya               P 0 - 0       Ghana
Wed      05/03/14             FRI         Montenegro         1 - 0       Ghana
Sat         31/05/14             FRI         Netherlands         1 - 0       Ghana
Tue        10/06/14             FRI         Ghana                  4 - 0       Korea Republic

Nickname(s)     Black Stars
Association        Ghana Football Association (GFA)
Sub-Confederation        WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation                 CAF (Africa)
Head Coach       James Kwesi Appiah
Ghana U23 as they won the 2011 All-Africa Games.
Asst Coach         Maxwell Konadu
Captain                Asamoah Gyan
Vice-Captain     Michael Essien
Top Scorer          Asamoah Gyan (40)Edward Acquah (40)
Kwasi Owusu (40)
FIFA code           GHA
FIFA ranking      38 Steady
Highest FIFA ranking     14 (February, April, May 2008)
Lowest FIFA ranking      89 (June 2004)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – The team to watch in the World Cup. They have such a power they will surely impress anyone who watches their matches. From the Midfielders to the Forwards they have among the best performers of the game. Having the ball from the first third onwards will show the strength of an African nation as it is now or never. Essien, Muntari, Boateng, Gyan.
Weaknesses – They do not have as starters the regular goalkeeper and defensive back. That will lead to instability. Opare, Inkoom, Sumaila.
Opportunities – They will have to use the opportunity to go through after the challenge between Portugal-Germany. This can take them an unprecedented competition. Ayew, Gyan, Wakaso, Agyemang-Badu.
Threats – Not winning vs. USA will damage severely the chances of anything surprising for the Ghana’s squad.  


United States

Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders).
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).

Fri           11/10/13            WQC      United States    2 - 0       Jamaica               
Wed        16/10/13            WQC      Panama             2 - 3       United States
Fri           15/11/13            FRI         Scotland            0 - 0       United States
Tue        19/11/13             FRI         Austria              1 - 0       United States
Sat         01/02/14             FRI         United States    2 - 0       Korea Republic
Wed       05/03/14             FRI         Ukraine             2 - 0       United States   
Thu        03/04/14             FRI         United States    2 - 2       Mexico
Wed       28/05/14             FRI         United States    2 - 0       Azerbaijan
Sun        01/06/14             FRI         United States    2 - 1       Turkey
Sat         07/06/14             FRI         United States    2 - 1       Nigeria

Nickname(s)     The Stars and Stripes
The Yanks
Team USA
Association        U.S. Soccer
Confederation                 CONCACAF
Head Coach       Jurgen Klinsmann

     United States
CONCACAF Gold Cup: 2013
German Football Manager of the Year: 2006
Captain                Clint Dempsey
Most Caps          Cobi Jones (164)
Top Scorer          Landon Donovan (57)
FIFA code           USA
FIFA ranking      13 Increase +1
Highest FIFA ranking     4  (April 2006)
Lowest FIFA ranking      36 (July 2012)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – High energy levels alongside work-rate and team-play plus consciousness are the best assets of the national team of USA. Altidore, Dempsey, Jones.
Weaknesses – Absence of Donovan.  They don’t have an individual player that is able to unlock defences in case they depend on that characteristic to get a more positive result other than a draw. Bradley, Zusi, Chandler, Johnson.
Opportunities – Keeping their defence tight without conceding and expect for a moment of brilliance of Dempsey and/or a strong counter attack to have Altidore chasing and running the ball, might cause a surprise and who knows…50s on the cards again. Bedoya.
Threats –Not succeeding in obtaining a positive result in the first match, might send USA home earlier than expect, still there’s a good record vs. Portugal which is the second match of the competition for the Americans.  

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