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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Group A - 2014 FIFA World Cup™

Brazil



Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari
 
Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Toronto FC), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atletico Mineiro)
Defenders: Marcelo (Real Madrid), Daniel Alves (Barcelona), Maicon (AS Roma), Maxwell, Thiago Silva (both Paris St Germain), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Napoli)
Midfielders: Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur), Ramires, Willian, Oscar (all Chelsea), Hernanes (Inter Milan), Luiz Gustavo (VfL Wolfsburg), Fernandinho (Manchester City)
Forwards: Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Neymar (Barcelona), Fred (Fluminense), Jo (Atletico Mineiro), Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg) 





Wed      14/08/13             FRI         Switzerland         1 - 0       Brazil    
Sat        07/09/13             FRI         Brazil                  6 - 0       Australia             
Wed      11/09/13             FRI         Brazil                  3 - 1       Portugal             
Sat        12/10/13             FRI         Korea Republic   0 - 2       Brazil    
Tue       15/10/13             FRI         Brazil                  2 - 0       Zambia
Sun       17/11/13             FRI         Honduras            0 - 5       Brazil
Wed      20/11/13             FRI         Brazil                  2 - 1       Chile     
Wed      05/03/14             FRI         South Africa       0 - 5       Brazil    
Tue       03/06/14             FRI         Brazil                  4 - 0       Panama
Fri         06/06/14             FRI         Brazil                 1 - 0       Serbia

Nickname(s)     Canarinho (Little Canary)
   A Seleção (The Selection)
   Verde-Amarela (The Green and Yellow)
   Pentacampeões (The Five Time Champions)
Association        Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF)
Confederation   CONMEBOL (South America)
Head Coach       Luiz Felipe Scolari
                        CSA
Campeonato Alagoano  : 1982
Al Qadisiya Kuwait
Kuwait Emir Cup  : 1989
Criciúma
Copa do Brasil  : 1991
Grêmio
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A  : 1995–96
Copa do Brasil  : 1993–94
Campeonato Gaúcho  : 1987, 1995, 1996
Copa Libertadores  : 1994–95
Recopa Sudamericana  : 1995–96
Palmeiras
Copa do Brasil  : 1997–98, 2011–12
Copa Mercosur  : 1998
Copa Libertadores  : 1998–99
Torneio Rio-São Paulo  : 2000
Copa Sul-Minas  : 2001
Bunyodkor
Uzbek League  : 2009
International
Kuwait
Gulf Cup of Nations  : 1990
Brazil
FIFA World Cup  : 2002
FIFA Confederations Cup  : 2013
Portugal
UEFA Euro runner-up  : 2004
FIFA World Cup fourth place  : 2006
Asst Coach         Flávio Murtosa
Captain                Thiago Silva
Most Caps          Cafu (142)
Top Scorer          Pelé (77)
FIFA code           BRA
FIFA ranking      3
Highest FIFA ranking     1 (151 times on 7 occasions)
Lowest FIFA ranking      22 (June 2013)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – The experienced Coach they have. Their bench is a strong asset, allowing for squad rotation while maintaining high level of excellence. Neymar, Thiago Silva, Oscar.
Weaknesses – When opposition exploits the wings, Brazil gets very insecure. David Luiz forward runs. The excess of individual performance with sub-consequent non-recovery runs. Julio Cesar, Marcelo, David Luiz.
Opportunities – Use the home soil as an advantage, utilizing their individual assets to get a rewarding World Cup. Bernard, Ramires, Jefferson.  (Cameroon, Mexico)
Threats – Playing under pressure from opposition and the high expectations of the supporters being the home nation. Whenever they face a team that holds to a compact defensive line (including the Midfielders) plus aggressive side interested in playing rather than going for the counter-attack, they make Brazil look ordinary.  (Croatia)
 
 
 
Croatia

 Coach: Niko Kovac
 
Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov), Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Oliver Zelenika (Dinamo Zagreb).
Defenders: Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Dejan Lovren (Southampton), Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Gordon Schildenfeld, Danijel Pranjic (both Panathinaikos), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Sime Vrsaljko (Genoa).
Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kiev), Ivan Perisic (Wolfsburg), Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan), Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Sammir (Getafe), Ivan Mocinic (Rijeka).
Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich), Ivica Olic (Wolfsburg), Eduardo (Shakhtar Donetsk), Nikica Jelavic (Hull City), Ante Rebic (Fiorentina). 


Wed      14/08/13             FRI         Liechtenstein       2 - 3       Croatia
Fri         06/09/13             WQE      Serbia                  1 - 1       Croatia
Tue        10/09/13             FRI         Korea Republic  1 - 2       Croatia
Fri         11/10/13             WQE      Croatia                1 - 2       Belgium              
Tue        15/10/13             WQE      Scotland             2 - 0       Croatia
Fri         15/11/13             WQE      Iceland                0 - 0       Croatia
Tue        19/11/13             WQE      Croatia                2 - 0       Iceland
Wed       05/03/14             FRI         Switzerland        2 - 2       Croatia
Sat         31/05/14             FRI         Croatia                2 - 1       Mali      
Sat         07/06/14             FRI         Croatia                1 - 0       Australia

Nickname(s)     Vatreni (The Blazers)
Association        Croatian Football Federation
Confederation    UEFA (Europe)
Head Coach       Niko Kovač

Asst Coach         Robert Kovač
    Goran Lacković
    Branimir Ujević
Captain               Darijo Srna
Most Caps          Darijo Srna (114)
Top Scorer          Davor Šuker (45)
FIFA code           CRO
FIFA ranking      18
Highest FIFA ranking     3 (January 1999)
Lowest FIFA ranking      125 (March 1994)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – They have one of the best midfielder forces in the present World Cup alongside a powerful striker. Perisic, Mandzukic, Rakitic, Modric.
Weaknesses – Low levels of emotional intelligence throughout the match. Not being able to maintain the tempo they implement for longer than 20/25 minutes and succumb to their lack of high aggressive levels. The defensive line they have especially in the centre.  Corluka, Vida, Lovren
Opportunities – Being able to go through with one of the weakest groups of the competition, even if only in 2nd place. Kovacic.
Threats – Drawing or losing the 2nd match against Cameroon. Individual performance based on selfish approach. Ex. Olic  
 
 
 

 Cameroon

Coach: Volker Finke 
Goalkeepers: Charles Itandje (Konyaspor), Sammy Ndjock (Fetihespor), Loic Feudjou (Coton Sport)
Defenders: Allan Nyom (Granada), Dany Nounkeu (Besiktas), Cedric Djeugoue (Coton Sport), Aurelien Chedjou (Galatasaray), Nicolas Nkoulou (Marseille), Henri Bedimo (Lyon), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: Eyong Enoh (Antalyaspor), Jean Makoun (Rennes), Joel Matip (Schalke), Stephane Mbia (QPR), Landry Nguemo (Bordeaux), Alex Song (Barcelona), Edgar Salli (Lens)
Forwards: Samuel Eto'o (unattached), Eric Choupo Moting (Mainz), Benjamin Moukandjo (Nancy), Vincent Aboubakar (Lorient), Pierre Webo (Fenerbahce), Fabrice Olinga (Zulte-Waregem). 





Mon      26/08/13             ANC       Cameroon          0 - 1       Congo                          
Fri           30/08/13             ANC       Congo DR        1 - 1       Cameroon         
Sun        08/09/13             WQA     Cameroon          1 - 0       Libya
Sun        13/10/13             WQA     Tunisia                0 - 0       Cameroon
Sun        17/11/13             WQA     Cameroon          4 - 1       Tunisia
Wed      05/03/14             FRI         Portugal              5 - 1       Cameroon
Mon      26/05/14             FRI         Macedonia         0 - 2       Cameroon
Thu        29/05/14             FRI         Cameroon          1 - 2       Paraguay
Sun        01/06/14             FRI         Germany            2 - 2       Cameroon
Sat         07/06/14             FRI         Cameroon          1 - 0       Moldova

Nickname(s)     Les Lions Indomptables
(The Indomitable Lions)
Association        Fédération Camerounaise de Football
Sub-Confederation        UNIFFAC
(Central Africa)
Confederation                 CAF (Africa)
Head Coach       Volker Finke

Captain                Samuel Eto'o
Most Caps          Rigobert Song (137)
Top Scorer          Samuel Eto'o (56)
Home stadium Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo
FIFA code           CMR
FIFA ranking      50 Steady 0
Highest FIFA ranking     11 (November 2006)
Lowest FIFA ranking      79 (February 2013)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – The physicality of their team alongside the fitness added with pace. Webo, Mbia, Eto’o, Itandje.
Weaknesses – Defensive back line and lack of creativity.  Song, Enoh, Makuon.
Opportunities – Usage of their experience in order to sustain the power of Brazil, Croatia and Mexico and apply their strong counter-attack to hurt the opposition. 2nd match vs Croatia.
Threats – For the obvious reasons, the presence of Brazil and Croatia and being unable to “travel back in time” and reproduce the days of Roger Milla & Omam-Biyik in the 90s.

 
 


Mexico

Coach: Miguel Herrera 
Goalkeepers: Jose de Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
Defenders: Miguel Layun (America), Carlos Salcido (Tigres), Paul Aguilar (America), Andres Guardado (Bayer Leverkusen), Hector Moreno (Espanyol), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (America), Diego Reyes (Porto), Rafael Marquez (Leon).
Midfielders: Miguel Angel Ponce (Toluca), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon), Javier Aquino (Villarreal), Hector Herrera (Porto), Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul), Carlos Pena (Leon).
Forwards: Oribe Peralta (Santos), Javier Hernandez (Manchester United), Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal), Raul Jimenez (America), Alan Pulido (Tigres). 






Wed      16/10/13             WQC     Costa Rica           2 - 1       Mexico
Wed      13/11/13             WQI       Mexico                5 - 1       New Zealand    
Wed      20/11/13             WQI       New Zealand       2 - 4       Mexico
Thu        30/01/14             FRI         Mexico              4 - 0       Korea Republic
Thu        06/03/14             FRI         Mexico              0 - 0       Nigeria                
Thu        03/04/14             FRI         United States     2 - 2       Mexico               
Thu        29/05/14             FRI         Mexico              3 - 0       Israel    
Sat         31/05/14             FRI         Mexico              3 - 1       Ecuador
Wed      04/06/14             FRI         Mexico               0 - 1       Bosnia-Herzegovina      
Sat         07/06/14             FRI         Mexico              0 - 1       Portugal

Nickname(s)     El Tricolor
   El Tri
   La Verde
Association        Mexican Federation of Association Football (FMF)
Sub-Confederation         NAFU (North America)
Confederation                 CONCACAF
Head Coach       Miguel Herrera

América
Liga MX  : Clausura 2013
Captain                Rafael Márquez
Most Caps          Claudio Suárez (178)
Top Scorer          Jared Borgetti (46)
Home stadium Estadio Azteca
FIFA code           MEX
FIFA ranking      20
Highest FIFA ranking     4 (February–June 1998, May–June 2006)
Lowest FIFA ranking      33 (July 2009)

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)

Strengths – Aggressive approach. The defensive line of the Mexicans is normally very strong. Their experience is invaluable and the teamwork of the highest quality. Guardado, Marquez, Rodriguez, Moreno, Peralta, Hernandez.
Weaknesses – Lack of power upfront and disorganized midfielders. They defend poorly in free-kicks and corner kicks. Herrera.
Opportunities – The individual skills of Hernandez and Santos exploiting movements coming from outside-inside to score. 2nd balls.  Vasquez.
Threats – Lack of recovery runs. Require further support play. Huge gap between lines.

 



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