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Seven Stars out! Will FIFA 2014 live up to its grandeur…

Seven Stars out! Will FIFA 2014 live up to its grandeur…

We pay our timely bills to the cable network provider to keep the ‘Sports Channels’ aired, purchase the newest jerseys of the football club that we support. This routine continues each and every years. It does not matter how you flair in the sport , or for that matter whether you have play it . What keeps us glued to the television? I believe most of the times a good game let us forget the difficult times you go through in life and bad blood amongst the friends. Club position & ; history influences lot of fans; statistics do prove of this fact. Then there are the legends, players who assist forming the club into its current status. Their style of play, attitude lure fans from all ages, It is difficult to believe that these legends play a big part in future of the club as well. Important role as the club is the Manager, placing the strategy and the formation, selection of players, handling the transfer market; their decisions make everything much more interesting. Past few decades few of these managers reached their very best, creating news like storm even more than the players . Some managers have created their profile similar to players, their style of strategy, way they address media, purchased of new talent ; these mavericks that control the club football culture changes everything that happens in the world of football. Maturity gained in club football helps players in representing their country. So we wait the FIFA World Cup , what does 2014 have to offer.

Eight of the top footballers misses the 2014 World Cup will this make an impact on this competition.

7 that misses

Daniel Agger – Christian Eriksen – Petr Cech – Branislav Ivanovic – Robert Lewandowski – Gareth Bale – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Like in club football there are managers that change the 90 minute game into an absolute war zone; they are the best strategists in the field.

Decision makers of the FIFA 2014 World Cup

Vicente Del Bosque (SPAIN) – Luiz Felipe Scolari (BRAZIL) – Louis van Gaal (NETHERLANDS) – Roy Hodgson (ENGLAND) – Cesare Prandelli (ITALY) – Joachim Low (GERMANY)

Amongst the players there are ones who stand out, they control the game from the position that they excel. They do have a direct impact on the each and every time that they stand representing their country on the ground.

64 stars to rely on, plenty in the watch list

Brazil has advantages over other countries as the hosting nation but in the arena where world class football is played all teams have to be at their best. Team unity and the experience of the coach make them one of the top contenders. Brazil team has one of the top defence of ‘Thiago Silva’ leading the line.

Stars to eye – Thiago Silva, Neymar                                        Prospects to watch – Dante, Oscar

Strength in Croatia is their ponderous defence and the midfield partnership between ‘Luka Modric’ and ‘Ivan Rakitic’ but they will have to put up a big fight to go through the difficult rounds. Striking force equipped with Mario Mandzukic & Eduardo are facts other sides will have to keep an eye on.

Stars to eye – Luka Modric, Mandzukic, Eduardo                               Prospects to watch – Ivan Rakitic

Mexico has players with special skills in all departments. If Hernandez shows his talents in finding the net like he does in Manchester United they will definitely go to the next round. Oribe Peralta is one of the players that have shown lots of talent in the league matches he was part of.

Stars to eye – Oribe Peralta, Javier Hernandez                    Prospects to watch – Moreno, Hector Herrera

Cameroon has three players that needs show their best in their game during this competition. Samuel Eto’o needs to lead the pack from the front.

Stars to eye – Stephane Mbia, Samuel Eto’o                        Prospects to watch – Nicolas Nkoulou

Vicente Del Bosque has many tricks up in his sleeve and many aces that he could use as options to upset the other sides. Spain is also equipped with one of the best defence will surely be competition to all. Even the bench has stars such as Cesar Azpilicueta who were capable enough to adapt to the left back position at Chelsea. Star class striker Diego Costa opted Spain leaving his birth nation Brazil.

Stars to eye – Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, Xavi,                                 Prospects to watch – Diego Costa

Netherlands coach & manager has no option but to choose a very different formation 5-3-2 because of the huge blow in the midfield. If they manage to reach the competition final this will be their 10th final. Even though they have a very powerful strike force missing Kevin Strootman would still be a huge blow.

Stars to eye – Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Robin van Persie

Prospects to watch – Daley Blind

Chile has a huge potential in reaching the quarter final for the second time. Their lighting quick striker ‘Alexis Sanchez’ will definitely be a boost for the entire team.

Stars to eye – Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez                           Prospects to watch – Jorge Valdivia

Being the lowest ranked country to qualify Australia will create highlights if they reach the next rounds. It will be the same reason why other sides will keep Australia in their watch list.

Stars to eye – Mile Jedinak & Tim Cahill                                                Prospects to watch – Matt Ryan

Colombia will be one of the countries that won’t mind the hot conditions that Brazil has to offer, with their attack minded variations they are amongst the favourites to reach the next rounds.

Stars to eye – James Rodriguez, Jackson Martinez            Prospects to watch – Juan Cuadrado

Ivory Coast does not have the back line that they require but they do equip world class strike force such as Drogba & mid field to cope up with him. Ivory Coast has attacked and midfield players that reached the best stage in their career but will it be enough?

Stars to eye – Yaya Toure, Salomon Kalou, Drogba          Prospects to watch – Wilfried Bony

Greece is one of the countries that had luck in their competitions that they took part; this will be a good opportunity to prove the bookies wrong. Kostas Mitroglou is the star that has to put up his A game to prove this.

Stars to eye – Kostas Mitroglou

Strike force of Japan is their biggest weakness and their midfield has enough creativity that could upset the other side.

Stars to eye – Makoto Hasebe, Keisuke Honda

Uruguay is one of the contenders with problems that they need to shed some light on. Edison Cavani leads the strike force with Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez behind him. Their main problem is their ageing defence, will the backline of Uruguay be strong enough to reach the final.

Stars to eye – Diego Godin, Luis Suarez, Edison Cavani, Diego Forlan

Costa Rica has put forward the best talent of their country to the competition and was unlucky enough to have been drawn in to one of the difficult groups. Losses of their first choice forward Alvaro & Everton fullback Brian Oviedo are huge blows to their chances.

Stars to eye – Keylor Navas, Bryan Ruiz

England will be one of the most pressured countries in this competition as Roy Hodgson coach the side as the first Englishman to lead the squad in 16 years. Leighton Baines and Wayne Rooney are players that are in the hot seat. Phil Jagielka plans to prove that his partnership with Gary Cahill is as good as John Terry’s.

Stars to eye – Gary Cahill, Wayne Rooney                            Prospects to watch – Adam Lallana

Italy are one of the favourite sides to reach to the latter stages, this is a possibility with their previous experience and their star skilled players in both defence and in midfield. Mario Balotelli will have something to prove to everyone.

Stars to eye – Andrea Pirlo, Daniele De Rossi                       Prospects to watch – Mario Balotelli

Switzerland will pass and pass and will complete their passes neatly, their two central mid fielders will assist this pressure but one of them will move forward when they attack.

Stars to eye – Xherdan Shaqiri

Ecuador depends on their wingers and the death of their player Christian Benitez last summer has also affected the side in a huge manner.

Stars to eye – Jefferson Montero                                               Prospects to watch – Christian Noboa

France is struck with a huge blow as star player Franck Ribery missing the world cup due to an injury. The Coach admitting that France is no longer amongst the elite teams is interesting.

Stars to eye – Karim Benzema                                                      Prospects to watch – Paul Pogba

Honduras is excited with their second qualification and their coach plans to take it to the next level.

Stars to eye – Jerry Bengston

Argentina has a strike force that has 124 goals this season and having Angel Di Maria in the midfield offers defensive protection that they badly require but only a little. Their biggest weakness is their backline and the central midfield as they are not equipped with players who can take backs the ball.

Stars to eye – Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi

Bosnia is the bookie favourites to reach the final 16, their strength in technical ability and their strike force is the key points for this consideration.

Stars to eye – Edin Dzeko, Miralem Pjanic

Iran is the highest ranked team in Asia and has a defence that is of high standard with 10 clean sheets but are slow and predictable.

Stars to eye – Reza Ghoochannejhad

Stephen Keshi coach of Nigeria is the man behind the success. His selection at times has been questionable but has provided them with success.

Stars to eye – Victor Moses, John Obi Mikel

Germany is one of the contenders to the title however the injuries of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira before the competition have raised concerns. They are also having an issue with their left back options however Erik Drum is one of the prospects to watch.

Stars to eye – Philip Lahm, Miroslav Klose, Erik Drum

Portugal has no other option but to rely on Cristiano Ronaldo having chances of meeting Argentina at the quarter final. Joao Moutinho will provide them with an excellent skills in the midfield but as to goal scoring do they have other options?

Stars to eye – Cristiano Ronaldo

Ghana should improve their confidence as they are to face tough competition however their squad equipped with skilled players it will not be difficult.

Stars to eye – Michael Essien, Asamoah Gyan, Kevin Prince Boateng

USA is another side that will give a huge fight with their goalkeeper Tim Howard this is not impossible to achieve. Coach having a minimum aim to achieve the last 16 I think they will have a good competition.

Stars to eye – Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard

Belgium is filled with one of the strongest squads having young and impressive talent such as Eden Hazard, Alex Witsel & Romelu Lukaku they seem to be unbeatable. Sometimes your strength will be your weakness similarly there are a tendency that their fullbacks would be exposed because of their counter attack.

Stars to eye – Eden Hazard, Company                                                    Prospects to watch – Alex Witsel

Algira might surprise lot of we if they reached the second round, Sofiane Feghouli is an attacking midfielder that all needs to keep their eyes on. He is said to have received a recommendation from Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger for his skills.

Stars to eye – Sofiane Feghouli, Madjid Bougherra

Russia depends on their strong midfield to hold and assist the defence which is also good. Alexander Kokorin acts as a key player that will make the side a bit competitive.

Stars to eye – Alexander Kokorin, Sergei Ignashevich

South Korea is no more the whipping boys in the competition and stands as a serious threat to other sides.

Stars to eye – Son Heung Min

© sportsinfo staff | Triomedia PPL

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