Football world cup 2014 group C
Arguably the greatest open and hard to predict of the eight segments, Group C includes four groups with no communal FIFA World Cup antiquity whatsoever. What could be guaranteed is a fascinating inter-continental clatter of styles, with Colombia’s South American talent going up alongside teams – Japan, Côte d’Ivoire plus Greece – whichever typify their individual regions’ customary strengths.
Colombia is the crowd’s seeds plus will be favorites to advance, whereas Japan comes into the contest as Asian winners. However such is the nature of this group; it will hardly be a sense if Côte d’Ivoire, Greece – or else both – finished up making this through.
Coach Jose Pekerman is a strategic chameleon who favors attack-minded deviations on 4-4-2, 4-2-2-2 plus 4-2-3-1 formations.
Napoli couple Pablo Armero plus Juan Zuniga offer width as audacious full-backs, by Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado plus Monaco’s James Rodriguez the main creative impacts. Rodriguez plays his club ball together with striker Falcao, plus the duo has a deadly accepting.
Strengths: The group is top-heavy with offensive talent playing for foremost European clubs – so abundant so as to Porto’s Jackson Martinez plus Inter Milan’s Fredy Guarin fight to get a game.
Circumstances in Brazil may similarly suit them. They played finalists in the sizzling Caribbean seaport of Barranquilla, choosing for mid-afternoon kick-offs in the trust rivals willwilt in the heat.
Weaknesses: The possible absence of Falcao will be a vast blow – he scored a 3rd of their succeeding goals. Falcao’s normal partner, River Plate’s Teofilo Gutierrez, has doubtful pedigree, consequently Jackson Martinez is the finest alternative to lead the line.
And whereas Colombia approved fewer goals than anybody else in South American succeeding, there is a problem at centre-back. Mario Yepes, 38 in January, absences any pace, however is the captain.
AC Milan’s Cristian Zapata, 27, deputized successfully previous month in a 2-0 victory in Belgium plus 0-0 draw through the Netherlands. He might be an improved bet in Brazil.
Radamel Falcao, 27, recorded nine times in succeeding and has 151 goals in 193 club sports since approaching to Europe. He could drift out of sports when starved of provision, but his predatory natures are indisputable.
The fourth finest player in the domain, as said by Four Four Two, “El Tigre” made an astonishing move to Monaco this summertime for a £51m payment, but tore his forward cruciate ligament in January plus is a major hesitation for the World Cup.
One to lookout
While Falcao always grabs the captions, this is James Rodriguez, 22, whoever makes Colombia tick. He has flawlessly adapted to global football since making his entrance in 2011. The gifted offensive midfielder price Monaco £37.5m this summertime but has been well-organized by Claudio Ranieri to work firmer defensively.
Carlos Valderrama speaks Jose Pekerman, the Cafeteros’ first overseas coach for above 30 years, has given Colombian football its individuality back – a sense of fun, adventure and source of national pride.
The Argentine substituted Leonel Alvarez afterward Colombia prepared a stuttering start to succeeding for Brazil. He led his instinctive country to the last 8 of 2006 World Cup.