As the World Cup begins to unwind, we are now in July and entering the final phase of the tournament. The semifinals will find itself with a five-time champion (Brazil), a three-time champion (Germany), a two-time champion (Uruguay), and Belgium
As we head into the quarterfinal round of the 2014 World Cup, we find ourselves with seven nations that have won it all and tiny Belgium looking to win their first. Each selection comes loaded with plenty of weapons, so the difference in each match-up might be the defenses and who might be missing key players due to a red card (accumulation of yellow cards from the group stage is reset at the start of the knockout phase)
Now that we broken down and picked how each of the eight groups will turnout to fill out the round of 16, we begin by breaking down each match-up and selecting what eight teams will move on to the quarterfinals of Brazil 2014
Continuing our World Cup Preview, we reach the eighth and final group. In Group H, we have a country the size of Maryland that is considered the heavy favorite of the group, an Algerian side that gave the United States everything they could handle before the Americans pulled out the victory late, a South Korean selection that hasn't made much noise since making it to the semifinals as co-host in 2002, and a Russian squad that needs to figure out their offense and improve their overall focus-- though their new manager, Fabio Capello, has what it takes to push this team in the right direction
We have now arrived to the dreaded "Group of Death." The group that seems impossible to see how any of the teams can possibly survive group play-- even if two teams advance to the next stage. 2014's version has four teams that all advanced to the knockout stage in 2010
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As we continue in our World Cup Preview, we reach a group with two teams that have little to no World Cup experience and a pair of teams that know each other quite well. In Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran, we see two teams that might just be happy to be here as they have very little history of success in the World Cup-- and none of Bosnia
As we continue with our World Cup Preview, we get to a group with two European squads that reached this point in completely opposite ways. Surprisingly it is the team that struggled more to qualify that many believe to be the favorite to win the group
While not officially the "Group of Death," Group D doesn't exactly seem like a very easy group to make it out of into the knockout phase. This comes with not one, not two, but three former world champions-- plus a pretty dangerous Costa Rica
As we move on in our World Cup, we come what could be the most wide open group in the entire tournament. In Group C, we have four teams that have never faced each other in the World Cup and neither team has ever advanced past the Round of 16 in the Knockout Stage of the tourney
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