soccer - Unified Sports

soccer

The reigning world champions take on the first-time semi-finalists in a clash that will determine who will take on Argentina in the final of Qatar 2022! France are looking to defend their title while the Moroccans carry the hopes of their entire continent on their shoulders by virtue of being the first African nation to qualify for the quarterfinals of a World Cup.

France

France have just beaten one of the best sides of the tournament in England and are looking very likely to go on and win the tournament to become only the second nation to retain the trophy. Olivier Giroud and Griezzman have linked up superbly this tournament, with the former coming in clutch every time his nation needs a goal and the latter creating chance after chance for the side. Griezzman has played a vital role in pressing the midfield and defense of the opposition, converting possession in the opposition half, and making the French attack very dangerous. He has averaged 0.8 interceptions and 1.8 tackles per game, numbers that are tough to come by for a player in his position. Kylian Mbappe will be ever so threatening, and his battle against clubmate Hakimi will be one for the ages. The French have shown some worrying signs, with Rabiot and Upamecano falling ill a day prior to the game. The midfield battle will be the most important, as the Moroccan midfielders are the ones who have kept every single attacker they’ve faced out of the game. The French midfield has always been a cause for concern, but Tchouameni and Rabiot have made it seem like it’s the least of their worries. This game might finally be the one where the French midfield could be put into question.

France football team

Morocco

Morocco have been a bundle of surprises in this tournament, not only for having reached this stage but for how they have reached this stage of the tournament. The team has conceded only an own goal in the entirety of the tournament and has beaten the likes of Spain, Portugal, and Belgium to reach this stage. Ounahi, Boufal, Amrabat, Ziyech, Hakimi, Bono, Saiss, El-Nesyri, Aguerd, and Mazaraoui are all names we just hear about during the regular seasons but have become stars on a global stage at Qatar 2022. The team has knocked out two neighboring teams from the tournament and will look to knock out Spain’s neighbors on the eastern front in the semi-finals. The team is incredibly hard to break down and create chances against, leaving teams no space or time to get close to their box. Even if the ball gets close to the goal, Bono is there to save it. The team will be careful against France, as they aren’t like any other team that they have faced before, and with their captain and central defender Roman Saiss injured, the team will have to find a way to support their backline.

morocco football team

Key Battles to look out for

Tchouameni vs Amarabat- Both players will look to keep the other out of the game and ensure midfield dominance over the other. The one who wins this battle will dictate the tempo in this France vs Morocco game.

Ziyech vs Hernandez: Ziycech is key to creating chances with his inch-perfect crosses, and his tussle with Hernandez will decide how many key chances Morocco creates. Morocco will look to exploit the left-hand side after Hernandez’s showing against England.

Hakimi vs Mbappe: The best battle of them all as the PSG teammates take each other on in a battle of pace, skill, and agility. Both extremely talented players will go head-to-head as Hakimi will look to keep Ziyech quiet throughout the France vs Morocco game.

Mbappe and hakimi football player

Conclusion

In this France vs Morocco . Morocco has had a great run this world cup but has picked up loads of injuries, along with fatigue that is seen on the faces of the players. This game might be a little too much for the North African side, as the French frontline is vicious and fierce. France should be able to see the game through, but Morocco will not go down without a fight. The balance of two continents lies on the shoulders of these two nations, with the victor creating history by reaching a World Cup final.

Contact us for more information! 

You can call us at +91- 9311593910, +91-8085094046

Or email us at help@unifiedsports.in

Argentina takes on Croatia in the first semi final of the FIFA World Cup 2022. No one would’ve ever imagined these two teams would meet at this stage of the tournament, but that’s how unpredictable sports are.

In this post, you’ll Read about
Argentina
Croatia
Key Battles

Argentina 

Argentina will be out for revenge after losing to Croatia in the group stages of the 2018 World Cup. This was Leo Messi’s last realistic shot at making a World Cup final and winning it, and Croatia beating Brazil must’ve felt like a weight being lifted off the Argentine shoulders. Messi scored and assisted in one of the best World Cup quarterfinal games of all time, once again proving how important he is to the side’s attack. Emi Martinez has redeemed himself by making 2 saves in the shootout against the Dutch, sending the Europeans packing. The quarterfinals must’ve been an eye-opener for Argentina, as there were a total of 17 yellow cards shown during the game, just showing how brutal, physical, and intense the game was. Scaloni’s switch to a 3-at-back system to take on the Dutch, man for man, proved to be a master plan as the Dutch fullbacks were taken out of the game in an attacking sense. A worrying sign for Argentina has to be their tendency to concede goals late in the game after leading and dominating most parts of the game. There really should have been no scope for allowing this match to go to penalties, as the game should’ve been done and dusted by the 90th minute. This complacency can cost the South Americans their World Cup.

Leo Messi

Croatia

Croatia beating Brazil has to be the upset of the tournament, as most of the world believed that this was Brazil’s year to finally win a World Cup. Out of all the teams that could’ve knocked Brazil out in the knockouts, Croatia were the last team anyone would have suspected to do so. The Balkan team held their own through the ninety as their warriors in midfield and defense kept out the relentless Brazilian attack. Gvardiol, Modric, Kovacic and Brozovic all put in monster shifts as the team seemed impenetrable. Even after penetrating the defense, the Brazilians just could not find the net against Livakovic, who put in the performance of his life, making 11 saves, the most for a Croatian keeper in a game of football. He went on to be the hero of the penalty shootout as well, saving the first penalty taken by Rodrygo and shifting the momentum in favor of the Croatians. They went on to win their 4th consecutive penalty shootout at the World Cup and seal the semi final berth for themselves. Petokovic must be credited for equalizing in the dying minutes of extra time when everyone thought the Europeans were down and out.

Key Battles

Leo Messi vs Gvardiol- Argentina’s most important source for goals against Croatia’s most important defender will be crucial to the game. The Crotians will allow Messi to come at them, and it’s up to young Gvardiol to stop a man who has never been stopped before.

Rodrigo De Paul vs Luka Modric: The Croatian midfield is a very important aspect of the team’s style of play, With the midfielders converting play and dictating the tempo of the game, stopping Luka Modric from controlling the ball and creating chances will be a task that De Paul will have to undertake to avoid any defensive damage.

Emi Martinez vs Livakovic: Though the two will not directly battle each other, the battle of the better keeper could decide who wins the game. With both teams qualifying via penalty shootouts in which both keepers performed, it could well go down the same route again, requiring the two of them to step up for their nation.

Leo Messi vs Gvardio

Conclusion

This game will be interesting as Argentina will be allowed to barrage the Croatian half of the pitch while the Croatian defense will look to hold strong. With Argentina not having scored more than 2 goals in a game and the Croatians not conceding more than one goal in a game, a single goal will differentiate the two sides in this clash. Croatia will look to play to their strengths and take the game as deep as possible, while Argentina will try to put the game to bed in the first 90.  We predict that the 2014 finalists will beat the 2018 finalists for the win in this amazing fixture.  

Contact us for more information! 

You can call us at +91- 9311593910, +91-8085094046

Or email us at help@unifiedsports.in

The headlines of the World Cup so far is been England vs France. Although it is the headliner, the media buzz has been quiet, with both sets of journalists likely to react after the game is played. The two countries are fierce rivals and will give it their all to book the final semi-final spot in the World Cup.

In this post, you’ll Read about
England
France
Key battles to look out for

England

England have had an extremely strong start to the tournament, conceding only twice in 4 games. Their 2 goals conceded came in their 6-2 win against Iran. The team has scored 12 goals in 4 games showing great attacking promise. Harry Kane, Saka, Rashford and Foden have all been pieces that have solved the attacking puzzle. In defense, Harry Maguire has really stepped up his game alongside the likes of Shaw, Stones, and Walker. The English midfield has been the most impressive aspect of the side, with Jude Bellingham having been their player of the tournament so far with 93% passing accuracy and 2.8 tackles per game. Declan Rice has contributed to the effort with a passing accuracy of 94%. With these two players, the ball turnovers are very quick, and they catch the opposition defense on the break with accurate passing and pace. This was very clearly seen against Senegal. The team will be high on confidence after their 3-0 win against Senegal in the round of 16 and will be all set to take on their neighbors from across the English Channel.

England vs France 

France

Everyone thought the World Cup curse would affect France, but they have been nowhere close to being knocked out of the tournament. France have scored 9 goals in 4 games, of which Kylian Mbappe has contributed to 7 goals with 5 goals and 2 assists. He has been the stand-out performer across all teams and is in contention to win the Golden Ball award. Olivier Giroud has been superb in terms of supporting Mbappe’s runs and chance creation, with his excellent hold up play and finishing. The most underrated out of the French front three has been Griezzman who has created 5 big chances for the team but only 1 has amounted to an assist. His progressive passing and chance creation has been very vital for the French attack. The French defense is a cause of concern as the team has failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their games. This will have to be looked at if they desire to keep the English attack away from the sight of goal.

England vs France 

Key battles to look out for

Walker vs Mbappe will be the battle that will set up and decide the game. Whether England chooses to start with 4 at the back or 3, Walker will be marking and tracking Mbappe down the whole game, let’s see who wins this battle of pace and strength.

Tchouameni vs Bellingham will be a midfield battle between two young stars that will be for the ages. Both quick, efficient and accurate and there will be only one boss in the middle of the pitch.

Saka vs Hernandez will be an interesting battle as Saka has been in great goal scoring form and Hernandez likes to play high up the pitch, will he be able to track back and hold off Saka on the cut? Or will Saka play deeper to counter the hammering attack that comes along the French left side? The fourth quarter final will decide this battle!

England vs France 

Conclusion

This England vs France game should be one of the best in world cup history with two of the best sides at the tournament locking horns. It will have everything from great attacking, defending, saves and fights. We predict this game to go down to the wire and eventually to a penalty shootout.

Contact us for more information! 

You can call us at +91- 9311593910, +91-8085094046

Or email us at help@unifiedsports.in

The intercontinental neighbors take each other on in a spicy clash in the quarterfinals of the World Cup. No one would’ve thought Morocco would’ve reached this stage of the tournament, let alone play against Portugal, a team synonymous with them, right down to the colors of their jerseys. Portugal vs Morocco face-off

In this post, you’ll Read about
Portugal
Morocco
Key battles to look out for 

Portugal vs Morocco

Portugal

Portugal have won 3 out of their 4 games in the buildup to this fixture, with youngsters taking charge all over the pitch. Bruno Fernandes has been their most important player, with 2 goals and three assists for the squad. The biggest revelation has to be Goncalo Ramos who replaced Ronaldo in the round of 16 against Switzerland, and went on to score a hattrick, filling in the biggest boots that he could have ever filled. The team absolutely smoked the Swiss, scoring 6 with Pepe, Gurreiro and Leao getting in on the act. The team has had no shortage of goals, scoring 13 goals in just 4 games. Diogo Dalot has come as the biggest surprise for the squad by outperforming and benching Joao Cancelo. The squad could do better defensively, having kept only 1 clean sheet in 4 games. Portugal have gone under the radar for being one of the best performing teams at the World Cup, and the 6-1 victory was a call to everyone to ignore the side. Their scoring prowess will be important against the best defensive team of the tournament in Morocco.

Portugal vs Morocco

Morocco

The biggest shock entry into the quarter finals has to be the North West African side Morocco, who managed to defeat Spain, a team that scored 7 goals in one match against Costa Rica. What was even more impressive was that they did not allow Spain to find the back of the net in regular time as well as in penalties. Morocco have been so solid in defense that they haven’t let an opposition player score against them, they have only conceded an own goal by Aguerd. What makes Morocco’s defense stand out is that they kept Croatia and Belgium at bay and went on to concede 1 shot against Spain, who came into the match with an xG of over 2.5. Amrabat’s control in midfield, holding off the midfielders of the Spanish squad, had to be the most impressive performance in midfield. Ounahi won 7 out of 10 duels against his opponents, whereas the entire backline solidified the defense. Keeper Bono had to be the player of the game, keeping all 3 Spanish penalties out, ensuring the squad reached their first-ever quarter-final of the tournament. Hakim Ziyech has been crucial on the attacking front and will cause problems for the Portuguese defense. They are the only African nation left in the World Cup and will carry the hopes of the entire continent on their shoulders, as seen by individual African teams in past World Cups. Will the 4-3-3 of Morocco be enough to ensure a first-ever semi-final spot for an African nation? Or will Aguerd’s injury cause problems for the Atlas Lions? Only one team stands in the way of the answer.

Portugal vs Morocco

Key battles to look out for 

Ziyech vs Raphael Gurreiro will be one to look out for, as an in-form Ziyech taking on a high flying Gurreiro who spends so much time in the opposition box will be a great battle. Amrabat vs Bruno Fernandes will be a battle in midfield that could decide the game, if Amrabat manages to pacify the main supply of the Portuguese attack, we could be in for dry attacking spells from the Europeans. Felix vs Hakimi will be the most interesting one in a battle of pace vs strength as both experienced players who play for top clubs in Europe go head on along the Portuguese right. Hakimi can prove to be a tough cookie and will threaten in attack as well in Portugal vs Morocco.

Portugal vs Morocco

Conclusion

We predict this exciting Portugal vs Morocco clash to go down to the wire, with Portugal winning 2-1. Morocco won’t go down without a fight, and Portugal will know that. The attacking threat that Portugal possess on the pitch and on the bench may prove to be too much for the Moroccans.

Contact us for more information! 

You can call us at +91- 9311593910, +91-8085094046

Or email us at help@unifiedsports.in

Introduction

Brazil takes on Croatia in the first quarter final at the Education City Stadium on Friday, December 9, 2022. It will be an exciting encounter as the 5 time champions take on the 2018 runners up in their 5th encounter, all previously won by Brazil in Brazil vs Croatia.

In this post, you’ll Read about
Croatia
Brazil
Key battles to look out for 

Croatia

The Balkan country has limped into the quarter-finals with only 1 win in 4 in regular time. Their best game came against Canada, whom they beat 4-1 after going down a goal in the second minute. They had goalless draws in their other group games, which meant that they finished second in their group behind Morocco. Croatia took on Japan on in the round of 16, going on to beat them on penalties after an exhilarating 1-1 draw in regular time. Their best players have undoubtedly been their defenders, who kept two clean sheets and kept the relentless Japanese attack at bay. The standout player in the back line has been Gvardiol who has made key tackles and interceptions in all the games. Lovren and Livakovic have contributed immensely in defense, whereas Perisic has been a key member in attack with 1 goal and 2 assists, contributing to more than 50% of the team’s goals. Kramaric has contributed with 2 goals against Canada and will be a threat in attack. A worry for the team starts with the injury that Modric incurred during the team’s game against Japan, forcing him to be subbed off. The golden ball winner of the 2018 World Cup will be crucial to the Croatian midfield as a player and a leader. Overall the team has scraped through to reach this stage, but as seen at the past World Cup, they are very capable of causing an upset, so don’t rule them out just yet.

Brazil vs Croatia

Brazil

The Brazilians have lit up the world cup with their goals and their samba, painting the streets of Qatar yellow with happiness and joy. The team has won 3 out 4 games and only lost the 1 game where the squad was completely rotated after they secured knockout qualification. The Brazilians look fearless in attack and as solid as a rock in defense. The South Americans saw out the group stage with ease, winning their first two games and losing what seemed to be a dead rubber game for them. They went on to dismantle South Korea 4-1 in the round of 16. They put the game to bed in the 36th minute when they scored their 4th goal, all coming from different scorers. Richarlison has been the most important player in attack with 4 goals in 3 starts, only 1 behind tournament leader Mbappe. Vinicius Jr. has also played an important role in the attack with 1 goal and 2 assists, whereas Paqueta and Raphina have gotten in on the act as well by scoring and creating big chances. Neymar’s return to the squad and on the scoresheet is the biggest boost the team needed. Thiago Silva and Marquinhos look like they almost cannot be beaten, with the duo only conceding once when starting together, which too was a belter from well outside the box. Brazilian coach Tie has also made it a point to give every player a World Cup appearance, which was completed as he subbed keeper Alisson off for third choice keeper Weverton, indicating how good the squad is and how well their chemistry is with each other. The only worry for Brazil at the moment is their left back position, with both first-choice left-backs Telles and Sandro injured. Brazil will be flying high, with a nonstop attack against the Croatian defense and this should serve as an attacking masterclass for all.

Brazil vs Croatia

Key Battles 

The most important battle of the game will be Modric vs Casemiro, both of whom have been vital to their team’s midfield, be it converting possession or making progressive passes, Watching the ex Madrid teammates from the legendary Madrid midfield will be like a Thanksgiving feast at Christmas for all. Persic vs Militao will be important to the Croatian attack as they will look to exploit the Brazilian right side in their quest for goals. A natural left footed winger vs a right footed center back playing the right-back role could really show the chinks in the Brazilian armor. Another battle will be Richarlison vs Gvardiol, which will be important to the Brazilian cause. Gvardiol will look to win aerial battles as well as intercept any crosses coming into Richarlison because everything he touches inside the box looks to be going in. If Richarlison loses his man and is in on goal, consider it lights out for the European team.

Brazil vs Croatia

Conclusion

This will be an interesting contest in Brazil vs Croatia, almost like a David vs Goliath. Croatia has been renowned for being giant killers and could really step on the feet of the Brazilians, but on the other hand, Brazil looks ruthless. Based on these factors, we predict Brazil to win the encounter 3-1.

Contact us for more information! 

You can call us at +91- 9311593910, +91-8085094046

Or email us at help@unifiedsports.in

Introduction

The Netherlands take on Argentina in one of the biggest quarterfinal games of the 2022 World Cup. The Oranje will look for revenge over the South Americans after bowing out to them on penalties during the 2014 World Cup semi finals now again it’s Netherland vs Argentina. 

In this post, you’ll Read about
The Netherlands
Argentina
Key Battles to look out for

The Netherlands

The Dutch have had smooth sailing so far, remaining unbeaten in all their games. They took apart the USA in the round of 16, beating them 3-1 with Memphis Depay, Denzel Dumfries and Daley Blind all getting in on the act. Blind also assisted once, whereas Dumfries assisted the two other goals. The Dutch fullbacks took apart the USA, putting in cross after cross from the wings, most of which were fruitful in terms of goals. Apart from the fullbacks, they have Cody Gakpo, who is in sublime form, having scored in all the group-stage games. In midfield, Frenkie De Jong has a goal and assist, along with a passing accuracy of 89% in 4 starts. The Dutch defense has been pretty average in the sense that they have conceded in 2 out of their 4 games, making their attack look far better than their defense. The new goalkeeper, Noppert, has truly risen to the occasion, making a total of 15 saves, which is astounding for someone who was going to retire from the sport to join the police force just a few years prior to making his World Cup debut. This has helped solve the constant goalkeeper dilemma that the Dutch have had for the past decade. 

Netherland vs Argentina

Argentina

Argentina were one of the teams that were poised to take the World Cup by storm but haven’t really looked convincing even after topping the group and reaching the semi-finals. There could be various reasons for this, such as the team having set such a high standard for themselves, their unbeaten run, or even just knowing Messi plays for them is enough to make fear run through the veins of opponents and opposition fans. The team kicked off the tournament with a loss to Saudi Arabia, which was probably the most shocking result in the history of any World Cup. The Argentines bounced back by taking apart Mexico and Poland, beating both teams 2-0. These two clean sheets were definitely a boost to the Argentine defense and a relief for Emi Martinez, who has made only 2 saves in the entirety of the tournament. Another positive sign for the Argentine defense has been Montiel and Otamendi providing assists, making sure the attack isn’t only reliant on Messi. Speaking of players who have contributed to the attack aside from Messi, Alexis Mac Allister has helped in creating chances and also scoring once, whereas Julian Alvarez has scored 2 times in 2 starts, including the decider against Australia. Alvarez has sidelined Lautaro Martinez, who has scored 0 goals and missed 3 big chances in the tournament. Messi has been the most important player for Argentina, with 3 goals, 1 assist, and 3 big chances created, showing how important he is to their buildup and final third play.

Netherland vs Argentina

Key Battles to look out for

The biggest battle in this Netherlands vs Argentina match to look out for will be Leo Messi vs Virgil van Dijk, two of the best players in their positions. We have seen this battle before, and both players have come out on top against each other, but Messi just edged it over VVD, but that’s just Messi with anyone. If the Dutch giant can keep Messi out of the game, it will eliminate the majority of the threat that Argentina poses. Molina and Acuna’s efforts to curtail the relentless Dumfries and Blind will be another deciding factor in the game. Otamendi vs Depay is a battle that most aren’t aware of but will be important with the Netherlands relying on crosses in the box to score, making sure the Aerial duels in the box play a large role in the Dutch goal-scoring conquest.

Netherland vs Argentina

Conclusion

All in all, this Netherland vs Argentina, game should be a well-balanced one, with both sides creating chances and defending well. We predict the game will go to penalties again, with both teams looking to play it safe and not commit an attack. The midfield battle for the ball will be intense, with both teams drawing loads of fouls in the buildup.  Be ready for a crackerjack of a contest on the first day of the quarter finals.

Contact us for more information! 

You can call us at +91- 9311593910, +91-8085094046

Or email us at help@unifiedsports.in

In this post, you’ll Read about
Luis Enrique
Hansi Flick
TITE
Gareth Southgate
Didier Deschamps
Fernando Santos

Luis Enrique

He has been a coach for the past 14 years, coaching some big teams like Barcelona and Roma. He has won multiple tournaments as a manager, such as two La Ligas, the 2015 Champions League, and the Club World Cup. Luis Enrique is famed for using his 4-3-3 formation, dating back to his early coaching days. He took over as Spain manager in 2019 and coached a very young squad to the semi-finals of Euro 2020. He is known for providing opportunities to youngsters and will be one of the most experienced managers at the World Cup. Let’s see what Mr. La Masia is going to show us.

World cup

Hansi Flick

Flick started his coaching career in 1996 and has worked as an assistant coach at Salzburg, Germany, and Bayern Munich until finally becoming the Bayern manager and leading them to win the sextuple in 2020, only achieved once before by any club in Europe. He was also the assistant coach of Germany when they won the 2014 World Cup and will surely add the winning mentality to this Germany squad. He has been the German coach since 2021 and will look to turn the team around after their abysmal exit in 2018.

World cup

TITE

Tite has been managing clubs since 1991 and is one of the most experienced managers at the World Cup. He has mainly managed teams in South America and the Middle East and has been the Brazilian manager since 2016. He has won multiple domestic titles and won the Copa America with Brazil in 2019. It will be interesting to see how TITE manages this star-studded Brazilian line-up, managing the game time and opportunities of multiple big names. His long stint with Brazil should mean that we will see a definite pattern and style of play from this squad. He also won the Club World Cup in 2012, which is like finding a needle in a haystack for a South American team.

World cup

Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate has been England manager since 2016 and has successfully managed to take England to the Euro final and a World Cup semi-final. He prefers to use the 3-at-the back system, alternating between a 3-4-3 and a 3-4-2-1 formation. Lately, he has experimented with the 4-3-3 tactic but hasn’t seen much success with it. Southgate has been in the middle of multiple debates where half the fans want him out due to poor performances and underutilization of players in the recent past, and the other half want him to stay as he has done more than any other England manager has done in decades. Southgate has looked to solve the biggest problem with the English side, which was the club vs. country debate that occurred amongst players. There seems to be unison in the squad, which looks like it enjoys playing as a unit.

World cup

Didier Deschamps

The French manager is a World Cup winner as a manager and a player. He won the 2018 World Cup with France as their manager and preferred to use a four-at-back system. He has been trying his hand at the 3-at-the back system, but it looked to have failed in the recent nation’s league. Deschamps has announced that he will opt to go with four at the back this World Cup. Although he will go into the World Cup with loads of confidence, he has his fair share of problems to deal with in terms of injuries to multiple starters like Kante, Pogba, Kimpembe, Benzema, and Nkunku. He will have to manage the squad well and ensure the team stays fit for the tournament.

Didier deschamps

Fernando Santos

Santos is one of the most underrated managers at the tournament. He won the Primeira Liga with Porto in 1998–99 and has won multiple individual awards as a manager for clubs and countries. He is one of the longest-serving managers at the World Cup, having been with Portugal since 2014. With the national side, he won the Euros in 2014 and the nation’s league in 2018–19. This shows that his achievements were not short-lived or based on form or momentum; rather, he has been building a side over the past 8 years. Santos Portugal has always played free-flowing football, mostly employing a three-at-the back system. He likes to build his team around talisman Ronaldo, and that has worked very well for the national side.

fernando

Contact us for more information! 

You can call us at +91- 9311593910, +91-8085094046

Or email us at help@unifiedsports.in

As we go into the World Cup, let’s have a look at the Asian teams that will be a part of it. These are the teams that have historically caused upsets but have never really won the World Cup. Do these teams want to always be known as the underdogs who cause upsets, or do they see the World Cup as a real threat? Let’s have a look!

In this post, you’ll Read about
Qatar
Iran
Saudi Arabia
Japan
South Korea

Qatar

Let’s kick things off with the host nation, Qatar. This will be the first time Qatar plays at the world cup as a result of being the host nation. Having never qualified for the WC before, the team will be a total mystery bag to everyone they face. The team played the world cup qualifiers as a form of warm up matches and did not lose a single game.On the contrary they lost an international friendly to Canada and the Croatia under 23 team in 2022. The team will be led by Al-Haydos who is their most capped player as well. They are the reigning Afc asian cup champions, showing promise coming into this massive tournament. They are ranked 50th in the world rankings, the third lowest for any team at the WC. Qatar are in Group A with the likes of Ecuador, Senegal and Netherlands. They kick start their campaign against the easiest side in their group as the first game of the tournament, which will decide which way their momentum will swing. In all likeness the team will finish at the bottom of their group due to their lack of footballing prominence at such a big stage. 

Qatar world cup

Iran

Iran have qualified for the WC for the 6th time and this will be their 3rd world cup in a row, making them tournament regulars at this point. Iran has been one of the dominant teams in Asia, especially in the middle eastern region. The team also has representation of players in the big European leagues such as Ansafarid, Ghoddos, Jahanbaksh and Mohammadi who bolster the squad’s strength. Historically the team has won 3 AFC Asian cups and finished in the semi final places in their last outing. Iran did well in the third round of the WC qualifying only losing to South Korea. The team missed out on qualifying for the knockouts lasttime round by a mere 1 point, even going on to draw to Portugal. Will this year finally be the year they break out of the group stage? As they go on to face England, USA and Wales, this group could be open for their taking. As England was predicted to finish top of the group, Iran could pose a huge threat to USA and Wales and might just make it to the round of 16.

Qatar world cup

Saudi Arabia

 WIth the Saudi takeover of Newcastle and footballing greats playing in the Saudi Arabian league, the nation has come far in the footballing world. This world cup could truly change the shape of football in their nation, with the country predicted to have excellent home support due to their close proximity to Qatar. This will be the nation’s 6th World cup with their best finish being the round of 16 in 1994. The country crashed and burned at the previous world cup with a 5-0 smashing in the opening game against Russia. The team fared decently well in their qualifiers losing only to Asian giants Japan. Al-Dawsri and Al-Sehri are  their biggest attacking assets, netting 7 goals each in 13 games. Saudi Arabia may yet face another tough challenge in the group stage, having to face Argentina, Poland and Mexico. This could mean that Saudi finish the group at the bottom and any positive result will hinder any of the other team’s progress from their group.

Qatar world cup

Japan

The players from the land of the rising sun will look to bring pride on the rest of their continent after they were knocked out cruelly in the round of 16, the last time around in the dying minutes of extra time. The team are 4 time asian cup champions and current runners up, going into the world cup in great form, not losing any of their qualifying games. This will be the nation’s 7th world cup in a row, marking the team’s dominance in the Asian circuit. Japan carry experience with players like Maya Yoshida, Nagatomo and Kawashima who have been with the squad for over a decade. The team will also see breakout players from European league’s such as Tomiyasu, Mitoma, Minamino and Haraguchi will really be the ones who can blow it up at the World Cup. Asako and Ito are one’s to watch as well, each netting 10 goals in the qualifiers. To Japan’s bad luck, the team is in the group of death, but not as underdogs but as one of the teams that make it to the group of death. Every team is going to find the group challenging with each team being extremely  difficult to face. Japan could finish anywhere from 1-4th in the group, being excellent challengers in their own right. 

world cup Football

South Korea

2 time Asian Cup winners South Korea, are the Asian team to have qualified for most world cups, with this being their record 11th time. The team has been a part of every world cup since 1986 with their best finish being in the semi finals of the 2002 world cup. The team has also qualified for the knockouts twice outside of their great run in 2002 and even went on to knock out champions Germany in the 2018 World Cup. The team is led by their Talisman Son, who is one of the best wingers in the Premier League. His attacking partner Chin-Wook poses a great threat too. Hwang Hee-Chan is the other Korean in the premier league but has been struggling to see game time with Wolves whereas Min-Jae has done well in defence  with league leaders Napoli. Korea lost only one game in the qualifiers to UAE which was a dead rubber. The team looks really strong and will be one of the teams to beat in group H. With the team beating Germany the last time round, they might possibly beat Portugal and Uruguay as well. A lot of the nation’s hopes are dependent on their captain Son but his goal drought for his club this season are worrying signs for the side. He will also be going into the world cup with a face fracture, throwing his participation at the tournament into question. 

fotball qatar

Contact us for more information! 

You can call us at +91- 9311593910, +91-8085094046

Or email us at help@unifiedsports.in

Denmark go into this World Cup as dark horses that every team should fear and not take lightly. The team has been improving in the last decade and could finally challenge for titles now. They went on to the semi finals of the most recent Euros, losing out in a close game to England.

In this post, you’ll Read about
Denmark’s history at the World Cup and major competitions
Manager profile
Tactical analysis
Strengths
Weaknesses
World Cup Route
Players to look out for

Denmark’s history at the World Cup and major competitions

This will be Denmark’s 6th World Cup finals tournament qualification and their second consecutive one. The Danes bowed out in the Round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup in one of the most enthralling penalty shootouts ever to finalists Croatia. Their best ever finish was the quarterfinals at the 1998 World Cup. The nation also won the Euros in 1992, adding some sort of pedigree to their footballing success

Manager profile

Kasper Hjulmund has been the coach of Denmark since 2020 and has overseen great performances in a very short stint. His team reached the Euro semi finals even after the incident with Christian Eriksen during the tournament. The team showed promise in the nation’s league, finishing above world cup group mates France and one point behind toppers Croatia. To lose only 1 game and win 4 out of 6 in a group with world cup finalists is no easy task and is a testament to how strong Denmark have become under Hjulmund.

World Cup score

Tactical analysis

The Danish team usually plays in a 3-at-back system, with Mahele being one of their most important players on the left wing. Their midfielders, Hojberg and Delaney, play important roles in converting possession and playing progressive passes Christian Eriksen and Olsen play behind the striker, creating goal scoring opportunities for the man in front. Most of Denmark’s games see a balance in possession for both teams, with Denmark neither holding the ball for too long nor sitting back and soaking up pressure. They use a very balanced style of play that suits both the defense and attack.

Strengths

The Danish team has many strengths, one of which is its ability to have multiple goal scoring options. They have had 7 goal scorers among 9 goals in the recent nation’s league, all scoring from various parts of the pitch. The team has a very experienced midfield in Delaney, Hojberg, and Eriksen. One surprise miss from the 21-man squad who could be added later is Poulsen. Maehle is one of their most important players going forward and has also had the most assists for the team in recent tournaments. He was one of the best wingbacks at the Euros and will be an essential asset in attack and defense for the team. The team has true leaders in Schmeichel and Kjaer, who have captained club and country for years together. Kjaer being a rock in defense and Schmeichel being a wall behind him are all important blocks to their defense. Players like Christensen, Wess and Andersen all add to the solid back line. Schemeichel has excellent shot stopping and distribution skills but most importantly is excellent at saving penalties, which is very important for a tournament like the World Cup. Phillip Billing has also been in fine form for Bournemouth. Youngsters Daamsgaard and Olsen are important players to the Danish team.

Winning Cup

Weaknesses

The obvious weakness of the Danish team is their poor shot conversion rate of 13%. They create 2.3 big chances per game but fail to convert 1.5 of them. Their forwards need to be more clinical in front of the goal. They also take 11.8 shots per game, but only 4.8 of those are on target, indicating poor shooting from the front line. The team is also not very quick and needs to decide the tempo of the game according to their strengths. They can get caught out of possession very easily, with no pace to catch quicker opposition. Their passing accuracy in the opposing half could be better with their current rate of 72.5% in comparison to their overall passing success rate of 82.4%. As much as Mahele creates chances from the left, they need better options from the right and it is up to  Daniel Wass to do so, otherwise their attacking play will seem very one dimensional. The team also does not have the experience of winning big matches against big teams like other European nations do and that is probably why Denmark are looked at as dark horses and not the main contenders for the title.

World Cup Route

Denmark are lucky in a sense that they have a very similar group to that of the 2018 world cup with only Tunisia being the different team. They have also played France multiple times in the nation’s league and beaten them, making the world champions a familiar opponent and providing them with confidence to face them. Denmark should finish second in the group behind France and will probably go on till the round of 16 where they could face Argentina who would prove to be too good for them. But being dark horses means that they have the potential to beat all these teams and also advance to the finals.

World Cup cheering

Players to look out for

Kasper Schmeichel, Simon Kjaer, Joakim Maehle, Christian Eriksen, Pierre Emile Hojberg, Andreas Christensen, Kasper Dolberg, Joachim Andersen and Andreas Cornelius

Young players to look out for

Andreas Skov Olsen, Mikkel Damsgaard, Jonas Wind and Jesper Lindstrom

Contact us for more information! 

You can call us at +91- 9311593910, +91-8085094046

Or email us at help@unifiedsports.in

The Red Devils are widely known to be in the golden generation of their football history. This golden generation, believed to have started in 2014, looks to be in its twilight years, with the core of the team nearing retirement age. Could this be their year, or will the small nation from Europe have to lay in wait to see success on the international stage.

In this post, you’ll Read about
History of Belgium at the World Cup and major competitions
Manager Profile
Tactical Analysis
Strengths
Weaknesses
Belgium World Cup route

History of Belgium at the World Cup and major competitions

The team went from not qualifying in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups to becoming one of the main title contenders at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups. This shift was marked by the talented pool of players that popped out of nowhere over the past decade. Despite having world class players such as Hazard and KDB at different positions, the team has struggled to do well in the knockout stages of any major tournaments, failing to reach any finals.

Manager Profile

Belgium has been managed by Roberto Martinez since 2016. He managed clubs such as Wigan and Evevrton before his tenure at Belgian. Martinez has always been within touching distance of a trophy with Belgium. His greatest managerial achievement would be winning the FA Cup in 2012–13 with Wigan. 

Golden Generation

Tactical Analysis

Now let’s look at how Belgium has set itself up in the past. Roberto Martinez has stuck to choosing a 3-4-3 formation, with no flexibility for change even after recent disappointments. Choosing similar players to start has allowed the team to build chemistry and a style of play over time, with Romelu Lukaku becoming the obvious outlet for goals in the side. Lukaku’s dip in performance and injuries over the last 2 years for his clubs can prove detrimental for the side’s World Cup campaign. He has already been sidelined, with Mitchy Batshuayi and Leandro Trossard taking charge of the goal scoring in the recent Nations League. The two major sources of chance creation historically have been Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne. Kdb is in fine form and has finished 3rd in the Balon d’or race, whereas Hazard has struggled to find his feet ever since his big money move to Madrid. Recurring injuries and poor fitness have made the Belgian captain’s football career a living nightmare. Positives can be seen through Tielemans and Batshuayi, who have been instrumental in creating chances for the team. Though the team finished 2nd in their nation’s league group, they lost both their games against the Dutch, proving to be another sign of their struggles against big teams in important games. This lack of big game mentality could affect the team in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Golden Generation

Strengths

The main strength of this team lies in the individuality of the players; each player is only as good as the player around him. Axel Witsel, who has played the most minutes, is also responsible for the number of goals Belgium scores when he is on the pitch. The team has strong forwards in Lukaku and Batshuayi, who link up well with wingers, wingbacks, and the midfielders around them. The versatility of the fullbacks helps solidify the status of the 3-4-3 formations, with them being able to defend well and be quick and creative when attacking. Assuming key players like De Bruyne, Hazard, Lukaku, and Courtois step up, there could be no stopping this formidable force. Belgium is gifted with ace shot stopper Courtois, who just won the Yashin Trophy. Courtois is in the best form of his life and will prove vital in defense as well as penalty shootouts. Jeremy Doku was a standout player during the 2020 Euros and will be the biggest surprise package for Belgium this year. Kevin De Bruyne might well be the best midfielder in the world at the moment, and this could be his world cup.

Golden Generation

Weaknesses

The most glaringly obvious weakness of the team would be the slow and ageing centre backs in Toby Alderweireld and Jan Verntonghen. The formation Belgium play with could leave the centre backs exposed with no cover from the wingers, causing the opponents to have more chances by overloading the Belgian defence with their forwards. Though Alderweireld has been their best centre half through the nation’s league and Euros, the team lacks the resources for better centre backs to play alongside him. Leander Dendoncer and Boyata may have important roles with Jason Denayer also an option if he is called up by the boss. The biggest liability Belgium have at this moment is their captain Eden Hazard, with him not getting game time for his club and being the captain of the national side, he cannot be dropped due to the virtue of the name he has made for himself. His role in the team can make or break Belgian hopes in the world cup. Belgium lack the big game mentality and need to step up in the knockout stages of the world cup.

Golden Generation

Belgium World Cup route

Belgium look strong enough to top their group even though they have the runners up from the previous World Cup in Croatia as their biggest challenge. Belgium is a team that can surprise the world this time around, but they are also the same team that is expected to lose their first knockout game, which in all probability will be to Spain or Germany, who are currently on a similar tangent as them. We believe that Belgium should be able to get past the Round of 16, and the confidence from there will see them go on to do well in the further rounds.

Players to watch out for

Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne,Romelu Lukaku, Thorgan Hazard, Michy Batshuayi, Axel Witsel and Thibaut Courtois

Young talent to look out for

Jeremy Doku, Arthur Theate, Charles De Ketalaare and Zeno Debaast.

Contact us for more information! 

You can call us at +91- 9311593910, +91-8085094046

Or email us at help@unifiedsports.in