Group G – Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast and Portugal
In this group the letter G is for Goals. You will see plenty of them in this group. Besides North Korea this group possess three of the top teams in the world.
As always Brazil is stacked with talent. So much talent that players like Alexandre Pato, Ronaldinho, Dani Alves, Diego and Alex will either come off the bench or not be in South Africa. Brazil enters this Cup as they do all soccer tournaments, as favorites.
Brazil plays a fluid 4-2-3-1 formation. Everyone on the field is capable of attacking. They are fast, physical and play brillant football.
Kaka – One of the best players on the planet. Kaka is the focal point of the offense.
Lucio – Captain who spreads confidence throughout the team
Julio Cesar – Full of athletic saves and always quick off his line to snuff out danger
Luis Fabiano – A strong, mobile and uncomplicated finisher
Coach: Dunga – World Cup captain during Brazil’s triumph in 1994. Despite his coaching inexperience, he has forged a team with a clear tactical plan and good team spirit.
I don’t know much about this team, but not many people do. This is their first World Cup since 1966. They play very defensive, though that will not help them in this group. They need a miracle to advance.
Pele has a dream of an African country winning the World Cup. The Ivory Coast was the best bet to do this until Didier Drogba’s injury. If he comes back and plays the Ivory Coast is a title contender. They have the talent without him to make it out the group just not the scoring punch.
Didier Drogba – Arguably the Worlds top striker, he is a charismatic leader with world class stats at the international level.
Yaya Toure – Giant midfielder is the key thet provides the link with a formidable attack and cover for a poor defense.
Didier Zokora – Midfield rock with a tough tackling style. Very consistent performer.
Coach – Vahid Halilhodzic – has reputation as a task master who keeps his stars in check.
Widely considered a “one man” team the Portugese want to dispell this notion in the worst ways. The Portugese play a formation that allows Ronaldo to roam where he pleases. Portugal can be very exciting and frustrating all in one game.
Ronaldo – Superb in every aspect of the game. He has yet to bring his club form to the international stage.
Deco – Although older and slower the playmaker is still the one that makes this team click.
Bruno Alves – Portugal’s most passionate and vocal player who leads by his never-say-die example.
Coach – Carlos Queiroz – Assistant to Ferguson at Manchester United during the title runs, he had an unsucessful stint as Portugal’s coach in the early 90’s. Very knowledgable and skillful coach.
Brazil – 9 points
Ivory Coast – 4 points
Portugal – 4 points
North Korea – 0 points