Belgium and Croatia Star favorites and Canada are looking forward to the upset
2022 FIFA Globalism Group F includes Belgium, Croatia, Canada and Morocco, with the group stage taking place from November 20 to December 2.
Belgium’s golden generation has another chance at an international award. The No. 1 ranked team includes world class players such as Kevin De Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku. The recent fall of Eden Hazard is a major concern for coach Roberto Martinez as he has to make a call on whether or not to pick the Real Madrid star in the starting line-up.
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Belgium had a dream trip in Russia last time up to the semi-finals where France edged them out with a header from Samuel Umtiti. They finished third in the tournament after beating England. However, De Bruyne has to create magic with his foot to improve Belgium’s performance from last time around. All eyes will be on him because he has emerged as one of the best players in the world since the last World Cup.
Lukaku, meanwhile, hasn’t been playing much football lately, but he will be key for them in front of goal. Meanwhile, Yannick Carrasco of Atletico Madrid will be another player who should shine on the big stage in Qatar.
Belgium national team
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge), Quin Castells (Wolfsburg).
Defenders: Jan Vertonghen (Anderlecht), Toby Alderweireld (Royal Antwerp), Leander Dendoncker (Aston Villa), Zino Debast (Anderlecht), Arthur Theatt (Rennes), Wott Weiss (Leicester City).
Midfielders: Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge), Axel Witsel (Atletico Madrid), Youri Tielemans (Leicester City), Amadou Onana (Everton), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund). Timothy Castagne (Leicester City), Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund).
Forwards: Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan), Michy Batshuayi (Fenerbahçe), Luis Upenda (Racing Lens), Charles de Cutlery (Milan), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Jeremy Doku (Rennes), Dries Mertens (Galatasaray), Leandro Trossard (Brighton & Hove Albion)
The previous runner-up will enter the tournament again, as the list of big candidates in the tournament is led by Luka Modric, who won the Golden Ball award. This time Croatia will miss Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic who have both retired from advertising in international football. Ivan Perisic and Mateo Kovacic will be the other players besides Modric who will play a crucial role if Croatia have to make a long journey in the tournament.
They will be the favorites alongside Belgium to qualify from Group F, but their primary objective will be to overtake De Bruyne & Co. Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has to create unity in the squad to replicate Russia’s success.
In a pre-tournament friendly match, they beat Saudi Arabia 1-0. The Croats, who lost 4-2 to France in the final four years ago in Russia, kicked off their latest World Cup performance against Morocco in El Khor on November 23rd.
Goalkeepers: Dominik Levakovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivica Ivosic (NK Osijek), Ivo Grbic (Atletico Madrid).
Defenders: Domagoj Vida (AEK Athens), Dejan Lovren (Zenit St Petersburg), Borna Barisic (Rangers), Josip Juranović (Celtic), Yosko Gvardiol (Leipzig), Borna Sosa (Stuttgart), Josip Stanisic (Bayern Munich), Martin Erlik (Sassuolo), Josep Sotalo (Dinamo Zagreb).
Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Mario Pasalic (Atalanta), Nikola Vlasic (Torino), Lovro Mager (Renes Stade), Christian Jakic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Luka Susic. (Salzburg).
Forwards: Ivan Perisic (Tottenham Hotspur), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Bruno Petkovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Mislav Orsic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ante Budimir (Osasuna), Marko Levaga (Hajduk Split).
The Canadian national team qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals for the first time after 1986 which was their only appearance in the great event. They are one of the dark horses in the group that could upset a top team to reach the Round of 16. Alphonso Davies will be the star player the Canadian side is looking for as he has all the credentials to play for both of them. Fullback and winger. He has played in difficult circumstances on several occasions for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League.
John Herdman was later installed as coach of Canada’s men’s teams in 2018, with the task of qualifying the team for the World Cup for the first time since its sole appearance in the 1986 finals and he did but now has a bigger task in front of his eyes.
Goalkeepers: James Bantemes, Milan Borgan, Dane St Clair
Defenders: Samuel Adekogbe, Joel Waterman, Alistair Johnston, Richie Laria, Kemal Miller, Stephen Vittoria, Derek Cornelius
Midfielders: Liam Fraser, Ismail Kony, Mark Anthony Kaye, David Waterspoon, Jonathan Osorio, Atiba Hutchinson, Stephen Eustachio, Samuel Peet.
Forwards: Tajon Buchanan, Liam Millar, Lucas Cavallini, Ike Ogbo, Junior Howlett, Jonathan David, Kyle Larraine, Alphonso Davies.
The Atlas Lions are stuck in a tough group at the FIFA World Cup. FIFA’s 22nd-ranked team defeated the Democratic Republic of the Congo in a play-off. Walid Rekragui did not get much time to prepare for the huge event in Qatar as he replaced Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic as manager on the last day of August this year. Reports indicated that the confrontation between Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech and Halilodzic led to a change of coaches.
They have two firepowers in Ziyech and Achraf Hakimi who could light up Qatar with their skill and speed. Their primary objective will be to shock Belgium or Croatia once in the group stage.
Goalkeepers: Yassine Bounou (Sevilla), Munir El Kegwi (Al Wahda), Ahmed Reda Taqnaouti (Wydad Casablanca).
Defenders: Naif Ajord (West Ham United), Yahya Atiyatallah (Wydad Casablanca), Badr Banoun (Qatar), Ashraf Al Dari (Brest Stadium), Jawad Al Yamak (Real Valladolid), Ashraf Hakimi (Paris Saint-Germain), Naseer Mazraoui. (Bayern Munich), Roman Sayes (Besiktas).
Midfielders: Sofiane Amrabat (Fiorentina), Selim Amal Allah (Standard Liège), Bilal El Khanous (Racing Genk), Yahya Gebran (Wydad Casablanca), Ezzedine Onahi (Angers), Abdelhamid Sabiri (Sampdoria).
Forwards: Zakaria Abou Khalil (Toulouse), Sofiane Boufal (Angers), Elias (Queens Park Rangers), Walid Chedira (Barry), Youssef Al-Nesyri (Sevilla), Abdel Razzak Hamdallah (Al-Ittihad), Amin. Harit (Olympique de Marseille), Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea).
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