FIFA World Cup 2018 : Group B Giants and Meadows
Group B has Morocco, Portugal,Spain and Iran fighting for a spot.
Spain (FIFA Rank-10)
Morocco (FIFA Rank- 41)
Portugal (FIFA Rank-4)
Iran (FIFA Rank-37)
Group preview :
Group B is beautifully poised with giants like Spain and Portugal. The 2010 World Cup champions, Euro 2012 champion Spain will be looking for redemption. The team has received a lot of flak regarding its poor defense. S
Morocco is back after 20 years as they finally qualified for the World Cup above other African nations with FIFA rank of 41. Morocco has till now made only four world cup appearances. Iran being the underdog have qualified for FIFA World Cup. There only world cup win was against United States 2-1 in 1998. ran will be taking a relatively inexperienced defense to the World Cup, with only three named defenders possessing over 20 international caps. One man with experience who won't be in Russia is Persepolis central defender Jalal Hosseini, who has represented his country 116 times.
La Roja looks renewed with a mixed bag of players. spain is referred to as La Roja because Roja and Rojo mean red in Spanish. The reason to use this nickname is that of Luis Aragonés. The late coach asked for an own nickname for the Spanish National team in 2004 and the answer was la Roja. With just four players with over 100 caps Ramos, Iniesta, David Silva and Sergio Ramos and experienced Gerad Pique. Jordi Alba has 61 caps with Koke with 39 caps.
Iran is the only Asian country to book its place in the biggest competition. Though Iran is playing its fifth world cup and qualified for the last edition as well, the team has never made it past group stages. n the Road to Russia, Iran were the only Asian team to go the entire qualifying campaign unbeaten. If there was one aspect that Queiroz constantly improved, it is their defensive game as Team Melli (Iran) conceded just two goals in 10 matches. Sardar Azmoun,"The Iranian Messi" and Mahdi Taremi, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Reza Ghoochannejhad will be key players to depend upon. Saeid Ezatolahi.the forward needs to prove him on the biggest platform. In 2014 World Cup.
Portugal got eliminated in the group stage but now Euro 2016 champions look like a changed side many stars such as AC Milan forward Andre Silva, Manchester City winger Bernardo Silva, Valencia's Goncalo Guedes, Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins and midfielder William Carvalho and West Ham United midfielder Joao Mario gearing up to go the distance.
The driving force of the side Cristiano Ronaldo hasn't looked back since Euro 2016. If fans talk about Euro 2016, they remember the epic backheel kick and Ronaldo with his bicycle goal against Juventus in Champions League and the hattrick of Champions League trophy proved that the legend is ready to give everything to the game.CR7 has scored 42 goals in 42 matches played across all competitions in the year 2017-2018
The picture is quite clear in this group with Spain and Portugal dominating the group. Football is unpredictable, as England was knocked out by Iceland 2-1 in Euro 2016.