Your round up of every team playing in Russia 2018 continues with Group F. You can catch all the action live at Topgolf.
Make no mistake, Germany are favourites for Russia 2018. The current holders completed a perfect 10 out of ten wins en route to qualifying and haven’t lost since a surprise knockout to France at Euro 2016. They won last year’s Confederations Cup with a virtual second string.
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When you take a look down the list of names coach Joachim Low has to choose from, it’s no surprise that dominant Germany scored a record 43 goals in qualifying. With Mezut Ozil, Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze, Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane and Toni Kroos available for selection in midfield and attack, plus the formidable trio of Manuel Nueuer, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels shutting out the opposition at the back, Germany are without doubt the team to beat this summer.
This year’s World Cup will be Mexico’s seventh successive tournament, which for many countries would be considered quite the accomplishment. Coach Juan Carlos Osori guided Los Tri to qualification with three games to spare in CONCACAF but questions have since been raised over heavy 7-0 and 4-1 defeats to Chile and Germany respectively.
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Mexicans fear that while their team are happy bullying inferior sides, they’ll come unstuck yet again against the top teams; history points to six consecutive failures in reaching beyond the last 16 at the World Cup. Javier Hernandez and co. would do well to equal their nation’s best ever finishes – quarter final exits in 1970 and 1986.
Much coverage surrounding Sweden’s World Cup hopes has been centred on whether Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return from international retirement for one last hurrah. Some have viewed this as insulting to the current players.
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Since Zlatan’s retirement, manager Janne Andersson has moulded his team into an outfit greater than the sum of their parts. RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg has replaced Ibra as the stand-out attacker in a team of organised hard-workers, who will look to emulate the achievements of Sweden’s early 2000s sides.
It may come as a surprise that this will be South Korea’s ninth consecutive appearance in the World Cup finals. But even with the Premier League trio of Son Heung-Min, Ki Sung-Yueng and Lee Chung-Yong to call upon, it’s unlikely they’ll reach the round of 16.
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SK scraped through qualifying in a nery 0-0 draw with Uzbekistan in their final group fixture, and Coach Uli Stielike was subsequently replaced by under 23 coach Shin Tae-yong, who has never coached outside of Korea and Australia. To finish in the top two of Group E would be a shock, to say the least.
GROUP F FIXTURES LIVE AT TOPGOLF
Germany vs Mexico 17/06 KO 4PM
Sweden vs South Korea 18/06 KO 1PM
South Korea vs Mexico 23/06 KO 4PM
Germany vs Sweden 23/06 KO 7PM
South Korea vs Germany 27/06 KO 3pm
Mexico vs Sweden 27/06 KO 3PM