Teams Qualified: Brazil (1) & Mexico (2)
FIFA World Cup 2014 promises to be yet another extravaganza of sporting excellence. Probably the best part of this year's world cup is that it is hosted by a country which is often considered to be the greatest football-loving nation in the world. The fans are excited as Brazil breathes football. Let's look at the possibilities of the eight groups in the tournament. We start this series with Group A.
Teams in the group
Brazil, Croatia, Mexico & Cameroon are in Group A, which means they have to compete against each other before they qualify for the knock-out round. With one representative each from South America, Europe, North America, and Africa; the group looks interestingly poised. Brazil has already played against the other three countries in previous world cups.
Morale of the teams
Just like most other world cups in the past, Brazil looks strong enough to win the 2014 world cup. The confidence is sky-high after its successful campaign in the FIFA Confederations Cup. Mexico, on the contrary, had a pretty tough time of late. The national coach was changed twice in a period of 3 months. They almost lost the chance to qualify for the CONCACAF region. Croatia too changed its coach before the play-off which they needed to qualify. Cameroon, on the other hand, had an emphatic win to qualify.
Players on the spotlight
Brazil: Neymar, Thiago Silva & Fred
Croatia: Luka Modric & Mario Mandzukic
Mexico: Raul Jimenez & Oribe Peralta
Cameroon: Samuel Eto'o & Alexandre Song
The Croatia-Mexico match is expected to be a crunch match to decide the second spot in the group. Both teams look quite similar. Neither of the teams has a high morale due to their recent struggle. With Brazil looking like a clear number one in the group, this match should be the decider. If this match ends with scores level, things will look pretty confusing.
Brazil will top the group with 3 wins. Cameroon will be the dark horse which may take advantage of a draw between Croatia and Mexico. One goal against either of the two will take them to the second spot.
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