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World Cup Guide: Group D

World Cup Guide: Group D

Your round up of every team playing in Russia 2018 continues with Group D. You can catch all the action live at Topgolf.

Argentina

Nobody knows what to expect from Argentina; while they barely qualified and went through three different coaches in the process, you can never write off a team that has Messi.

Source: Argentina football team by Wikimedia CH is licensed by CC 2.0

Sadly, Argentina’s galaxy of attacking stars seem unable to spark each other. Messi has to start, but that leaves Dybala, Aguero and Higuain on the bench or uninvolved entirely. If (current) manager Jorge Sampaoli can somehow find a way of inspiring his squad of geniuses, Messi could finally have the major international medal that remains missing from his trophy cabinet.

Iceland

330,000 strong Iceland are the smallest nation to ever qualify for the World Cup. But following their journey to the quarter finals of Euro 2016, nobody would be surprised if they made it through the groups.

Source: Iceland Czech Republic Euro Soccer by Ajith Kumar is licensed by CC 2.0

They might not be pretty to watch but Iceland are living proof that long-term investment in coaching and facilities can make all the difference in football. A victory for Iceland is a victory for authenticity and ingenuity.

Croatia

The team of red and white checked shirts have enough talent to succeed but always seem to fall a little short. Realistically, this is the last chance at World Cup glory for the likes of Modric, Perisic, Rakitic and Mandzukic.

Source: Brazil and Croatia match at the FIFA World Cup 2014 by Agencia Brasil is licensed by CC 3.0

Croatia just about squeezed through qualifying and if they aren’t at their best, they could become as disjointed as Argentina – without as much star quality.

Nigeria

The Super Eagles qualified for their sixth consecutive World Cup in style, triumphing over African champions Cameroon, as well as Zambia and Algeria. Nigeria not only have a strong footballing heritage to fall back on, but established players too.

Source: Die Nigerianische Auswahl bei den Olympischen Sommerspielen 2016 is licensed by Rovena Rosa is licensed by CC 3.0

English fans will be familiar with emerging starlets such as Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi and Alex Iwobi, as well as more established names such as Ahmed Musa and Victor Moses. And let’s not forget serial Premier League winner Jon Obi Mikel, now playing in China and expressing his attacking abilities in a way not seen during his time with Chelsea.

Group D Fixtures Live at Topgolf

Argentina vs Iceland 16/06 KO 2PM
Croatia vs Nigeria 16/06 KO 8PM
Argentina vs Croatia 21/06 KO 7PM
Nigeria vs Ireland 22/06 KO 7PM
Nigeria vs Argentina 26/06 7PM

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