World Cup squad preview: Spain and Germany chasing previous glory in Group E

Every day we are going to current you with a abstract of the totally different teams of the FIFA World Cup. Coach, star, ambition and statistics to recollect, every workforce is scrutinized. Right now, heading to Group E the place we are going to discover two of the final three world champions making an attempt to regain their previous glory after troublesome era adjustments. Japan and Costa Rica seem under however have already proven previously that it’s advisable to be cautious of them.


Coach: Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique, the person who led FC Barcelona to their final Champions League victory, has now been within the job for 4 years. Regardless of a short interlude – he stepped down quickly after his daughter’s loss of life in 2019 – the previous worldwide is taking part in his workforce the way in which the Spaniards prefer to see them. The Roja gives a technical and polished soccer that depends on a giant possession of the ball and a excessive dominance on the sector.
After their glory years between 2008 and 2012, the Spaniards suffered a number of massive setbacks within the main tournaments they performed in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Final 12 months, throughout the Euros, Luis Enrique managed to steer his nation within the semi-finals and nearly got here near profitable the Nations League. Throughout the time period of its coach, the Roja offered some spectacular performances, such because the 6-1 victory two years in the past towards Germany within the Nations League. A Mannschaft whom she can even discover in her group in Qatar.

The star: Ferran Torres

It isn’t straightforward to pinpoint a star participant in Spain’s technically refined roster. Our alternative lastly fell on Ferran Torres. The winger, who is usually on the bench at FC Barcelona, ​​is however a necessary pawn within the assault of the Roja. Since his first call-up on the age of 19, he has already scored 13 occasions in 28 appearances for his nation. He notably planted necessary roses, corresponding to his double towards Italy within the semi-finals of the Nations League, and a vital one within the spectacular 5-3 victory towards Croatia within the current European Championship.

Ferran Torres, one of many offensive blasters of the Furia Roja. (Photograph by Gualter Fatia/Getty Photographs)

The ambition: the final 4

Spain is probably not the large favorites for the ultimate victory, however many Spaniards are nonetheless hoping that their nation can come out on high. Ten years in the past, Spain received a trophy for the final time (the Euro). We didn’t understand it on the time, however it was the top of a golden era that had left its mark on the historical past of soccer. Since then, the Roja has not gone past the stage of the 1/eighth finals of a World Cup. Beneath the administration of Luis Enrique, the soccer on supply is typically paying homage to the times of yesteryear, however does this group have sufficient expertise to achieve the extent of the Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Carles Puyol and David Villa ?

The quantity: 3

Spain stay the one nationwide workforce to win a significant trophy 3 times in a row: the European Championship in 2008, the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship in 2012. This distinctive feat, which additionally noticed the Roja taking part in scrumptious soccer, makes many soccer lovers suppose. Whether or not or not this Spain was the very best nationwide workforce ever is debatable. Within the Iberian Peninsula, we’re in any case satisfied that this was the case.


Coach: Hansi Flick

Hansi Flick left the Bayern Munich bench final 12 months after only one season. He succeeded to Joachim Lowwho bid farewell to the Mannschaft after 15 years of reign and a World Cup beneath his belt. Flick is engaged in a workforce renewal operation. The outdated guard should progressively give strategy to new younger abilities. It isn’t a simple job, as a result of in the previous few years beneath Löw, Germany has utterly sunk within the massive tournaments.

The star: Joshua Kimmich

The Germans, nonetheless, nonetheless have some massive names of their ranks. Joshua Kimmich recycled beneath the supervision of Pep Guardiola, going from right-back to defensive midfielder. He’s now one of many international references on this place and is thus charting his course Philip Lahm model 2.0. Kimmich is Bayern’s tireless engine and has led the rekordmeister to many successes. In recent times, he has additionally asserted himself as a frontrunner. A job he additionally fills within the nationwide workforce. Kimmich clearly desires to go additional with Germany than the 1/eighth remaining reached on the final Euro.

Joshua Kimmich, the Lahm 2.0. (Photograph by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Photographs)

The ambition: the final 4

In precept, Germany ought to be capable of declare first place within the group with Spain. It has a stable workforce, with a robust midfield. However in a World Cup, it’s a must to be on high to go far. No one expects the Germans to combat for the ultimate victory, however it’s higher to not eradicate them from the race for the title.

The quantity: 2

On the earlier World Cup, Germany may solely rating… two objectives. Within the 2-1 win over Sweden, Marco Reus and Toni Kroos had shaken the nets, however within the different conferences, it was the zero level that remained on the scoreboard. Germany have thus been eradicated prematurely and their two scorers from 4 years in the past won’t be current this time.


Coach: Hajime Moriyasu

Hajime Moriyasu will not be a family title for individuals who solely comply with European soccer. He has spent his total taking part in and training profession within the Land of the Rising Solar. It has a number of J League (the title of the nationwide championship) to his credit score and is in control of Blue Samurai since 2018. Throughout the Russian version of the World Cup, he was the assistant coach of the workforce which had made doubt the pink devils till the final minute, within the 1/eighth remaining. Beneath his management, Japan reached the ultimate of the Asian Cup and, as custom dictates, certified for the World Cup with out issues.

The star: Daichi Kamada

Daichi Kamada handed via our inexperienced Belgian lawns a couple of seasons in the past. This technical participant with a superb sense of aim was the mastermind behind the STVV model Marc Brys. With 16 objectives in 36 video games, he is likely one of the most profitable gamers the canaries have skilled in recent times. He was in a position to proceed on this path inside a extra prestigious membership: Eintracht Frankfurt. There, he additionally asserted himself as a starter and even received the Europa League a couple of months in the past.

Kamada, Kamada, that is Japan. (Photograph by Ralf Treese/DeFodi Photographs by way of Getty Photographs)

The ambition: to not end final

Japan has a balanced core, with many qualities, iron self-discipline and a way of soccer. Given a very good draw, they’re nonetheless massive contenders for the knockout levels. However likelihood didn’t spare them for the reason that Japanese will discover two European giants: Germany and Spain. However the Japanese have a way of labor that may assist transfer mountains. After which, they don’t seem to be unaware {that a} high-level nation generally disappoints throughout the Worlds. Why not there Roja or the Mannschaft ?

The determine: 39

Eiji Kawashima is now 39 years outdated. The extravagant goalkeeper, handed by Lierse and Normal, will subsequently play his fourth World Cup within the jersey of Japan. Kawashima is thought for his glorious reflexes however his poor approach generally makes him clumsy, which has performed methods on him all through his profession. The liner of Matz Salts in Strasbourg can also be recurrently criticized in his native nation however stays the guardian of the temple of Blue Samurai. He will likely be one of many oldest beginning gamers at this World Cup.

Costa Rica

Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez

Luis Fernando Suarez has rolled its bump in lots of South American nations. The 63-year-old Colombian has already led formations in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Honduras and Mexico. His foremost expertise in worldwide soccer was in control of Ecuador, with which he extricated himself from the group stage of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He was additionally the one who led Honduras on the 2014 World Cup. Since 2021, he has been in control of Ticoswith whom he narrowly certified for Qatar after a play-off victory towards New Zealand.

The star: Keylor Navas

Keylor Navas has been Costa Rica’s beginning goalkeeper for a very good decade. He has greater than 100 matches between the poles of Ticos. His excellent efficiency on the 2014 World Cup, the place his nation reached the quarter-finals, ultimately landed him a dream transfer to Actual Madrid. A real hero in Central America, Navas is taken into account the most effective goalkeepers within the historical past of CONCACAF, the group in control of Central American soccer. This World Cup will in all probability be his final likelihood to shine on the worldwide scene.

Keylor Navas, a person with a number of Champions Leagues between the poles of the Ticos. (Photograph by Mohamed Farag/Getty Photographs)

The ambition: to breed the exploit of 2014

Costa Rica will go to the World Cup with many gamers taking part in of their nationwide competitors. For European journalists, it’s subsequently troublesome to evaluate the true high quality of the group provided that this championship could be very little publicized. Of their qualifying group, Costa Rica completed behind the US, Mexico and Canada, however have been in glorious kind since Suárez took over. Nonetheless, the Ticos discover themselves within the firm of Spain and Germany, which in all probability reduces their possibilities of reaching the 1/eighth finals. The third opponent within the group, Japan, will definitely not be underestimated.

The quantity: 5

Costa Rica is the Central American nation with essentially the most success within the World Cup, with 5 {qualifications}. Its most memorable version is undoubtedly that of 2014. Costa Rica discovered itself within the group of “loss of life” together with England, Italy and Uruguay. However towards all odds, Costa Rica had received the group by beating three nations sharing 7 World Cups of their historical past. The English and the Italians needed to shortly pack their baggage on the time. Then the Costa Ricans reached the quarter-finals, the place they had been eradicated on penalties by the Netherlands, due to a tactical genius transfer by Lsure Van Gaal. 4 years in the past, the Ticos didn’t move the pitfall of the primary spherical, which constituted an important disappointment for the nation. Are the Costa Ricans able to repeating their feats of 2014?

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