The 2014 World Cup is just days away, that being the case it’s only right that we (MMOS) take a look at the impending action. We’re going to go through each group, providing some information on each and every team.
Spain – The reigning champions look to retain their title, there is good reason for them to feel like it can happen. There aren’t any glaring holes on their roster or in their game, this is a very strong team from top to bottom. Having arguably the best midfield in the world doesn’t hurt either, there’s not much to say other than Spain has a very good chance to repeat. They are the best team in the world, the favorites in this tournament, and the champions until someone takes it from them.
Netherlands – The Dutch easily qualified for the tournament, an example of their trying journey was an 8-1 victory over Hungary. The Netherlands have one of the best forwards in the world in Robbie vna Persie, they’ll need him at his best to make a run this year. It’s not all about van Perise as he has plenty of help , namely on the wing in Arjen Robben. “Always the bridesmaid, never the bride” never applied more to a team in any sport, outside of possibly the Buffalo Bills. The Dutch have made it to three World Cup Finals and have lost each and every time, the latest being in 2010 against Spain. It’s only fitting that they’ve been grouped together, either way the Netherlands are very very capable of making a deep run in this tournament.
Chile – As qualifying goes, Chile got off to a great start before hitting a huge wall that resulted in the firing of coach Claudo Borghi. Thanks to new coach Jorge Sampoli, they got back on track and qualified for the tournament. This was first time in history that Chile has made the World Cup draw in consecutive years.
Australia – The “Socerroos” struggled to qualify, like several other teams it involved a coaching change. Australia’s new head coach is Ange Postecoglou. He’ll face a difficult task, the furthest the country has been in tournament history is the round of 16. It will be tough to advance out of this group with Spain and the Netherlands, while they have the luxury of veterans in Tim Cahill and Lucas Neill, their success will depend on the supporting cast.