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FIFA World Cup 2018: Team Preview of Group B

FIFA World Cup 2018: Team Preview of Group B
Written by Abhishek Lohia

2010 champions Spain and 2016 Euro Champions Portugal are the two strong teams of Group ‘B’, who also performed spectacular in the qualifying round. This will be the last chance for Portuguese star Ronaldo, who plays a key role in making Real Madrid champions in UEFA champions league. On the other hand, forgetting the poor performance of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the Spanish team has been also returned to the old shades. Undervaluing Asian Powerhouse Iran and African Lion Morocco may also be too heavy for the opposition teams. So this is the report card of Group B, Which consists Portugal, Spain, Morocco, and Iran.

Portugal Report Card

The last World Cup in Brazil was like a nightmare for Portugal, but after winning the Euro Cup in 2016, the team is not undervalued. The team’s biggest star Cristiano Ronaldo will probably play his last World Cup. So, 33-year-old Ronaldo would like to make it memorable for his team. There are many teammates of the Portuguese team winning the Euro Cup in 2016. Portugal entered the semifinals in 1966, while Portugal beat France in the semi-finals in 2006. In the last 29 international matches, Portugal had to face only one defeat so it shows there performance. This team has full faith in Ronaldo’s magical skill.

Special players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Goncalo Guedes, Andre Silva Style: 4-4-2 Coach: Fernando Santos,  Played 6 times in the World Cup No titles won FIFA Rankings: 4 First Match: June 15 Portugal vs Spain Second Match: June 20 Portugal vs Morocco Third Match: June 25 Iran vs Portugal

Spain Report Card

Eight years ago, Spain’s team, which won the World Cup title for the first time on South African soil due to Andrei Iniesta’s goal, will see a change in Russia. This team is now almost become a new one. The 2010 champion team has only six or seven players left, who were the active part of 2010 FIFA World Cup. Coach Junlen Lopejitui, who is leading Vicente del Bosque, has complete confidence in the young team. About Spain, it is said that this team is very strong in defense and midfield sections. Spain has also been recognized for its special style. With the help of ‘Tiki-Taka’ passing football, the team surprised the legends in World Football from 2008 to 2012. What will the style of the team in Russia is also being discussed?. There are ten players in coach Loptegui’s team, who have not participated in either the European Championships or the World Cup.

Special players: Gerard Pick, Andrés Iniesta, Diego Costa, Esco Style: 4-5-1 Coach: Julen Loptegui Played 14 times in the World Cup Won the title 01 times (2010 South Africa) FIFA ranking: 08 First Match: June 15 – Portugal-Spain,  Second Match: June 20 – Iran-Spain,  Third Match: June 25-Spain-Morocco

Morocco Report Card

Morocco has returned to the World Cup twenty years later. Group ‘B’ is not easy for this African country. However, the team is desperate to perform better on the big stage like the World Cup. Living in Group ‘B’ with Spain, Por, ugal and Iran, Marco’s last sixteen way is not easy. In 1986, Morocco entered the last sixteen. This time there are some players who will be seen, in this WC 2018, Ayub El Kabi, 24-year-old, who has scored ten goals in eight matches, can be top scorer. Apart from this, the Hakim Jayech is also in vigorous form. If Morocco wants to enter in the second round then they will have to get at least five points, i.e. to beat Iran and also draw with Spain and Portugal. But this will not be easy for him.

Special players: Hakim Jaayech, Medi Bennetia Nabil Dirar, Ayub Kabi Style: 4-5-1,  Coach: Harv Rennard, 04 times played in the World Cup Fail to win 00 titles FIFA ranking: 42 First Match: June 15 – Morocco-Iran Second Match: June 20 Portugal-Morocco Third Match: 25th June Spain-Morocco

Iran Report Card

Asian Powerhouse–Iran’s defense is discussed on every side. The current Iranian team has ended the suppression of Japan and South Korea in Asia. Remember the 2014 World Cup when Iran gave a tough fight to a strong team like Argentina and did not allow Messi and Company to score goals until the full-time. The only goal in that match was made by Lionel Messi. 23-year-old Sardar Ajmauhn is getting very well. The famous Sardar, named after Messi of Iran, has scored 23 goals so far. In the qualifiers, he has scored 11 goals.

Special players: Sardar Ajman, Reza Jababakhsh Style: 4-2-3-1 Coach: Carlos Quieros Played 4 times in the World Cup 00 no titles won FIFA Rankings: 36 First Match: Morocco on June 15 – Iran Second match: June 20 Iran-Spain Third Match: June 25 Iran-Portugal

About the author

Abhishek Lohia

Abhishek Lohia is a Sports and Political Writer at Newsfolo. He has been working as a Journalist for 2 years and has previously worked at Sportsflu, Sportscafe, and some other Digital Channels. He covers the ruling BJP Government, civic bodies, and Indian politics. He also covers latest Sports News and Live Coverage. He is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from IPEC College, Sahibabad. He can be reached at; [email protected], you can also follow him on twitter @chiraglohia2

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