– Nigeria:Goalkeeping issues will ruin a talented squad
– Panama:First World Cup should provide platform to build for future
– Senegal:It will take more than Sadio Mane to make an impact
– Iran:Team Melli are fighting for pride in 2018
– Belgium:Golden generation led by De Bruyne must deliver
– Japan:Sudden coaching change spells doom
– Colombia:James Rodriguez & Co. will accept nothing less than Round of 16
– Saudi Arabia:New coach faces tall task to gel average squad
– Australia:Socceroos facing uphill battle under new manager
– Mexico:Is this the year they finally crack the round of 16?
– Germany:Champs boast depth but Manuel Neuers fitness a concern
– Croatia:Modric, Rakitic the key to a last-16 appearance
The 2018 World Cup might be missing some big nations, but thats what makes this tournament the best in sports. Brazil are looking to bounce back from a travesty in 2014, while Spain, Argentina and France are hoping to dethrone defending champions Germany and their typically deep squad. Can Belgium or Portugal make a splash? Do England have what it takes to challenge too?
– Egypt:Pharaohs fortunes come down to one player… Salah
– Switzerland:Dont expect Shaqiri & Co. to stick around
– Peru:Hope rests with defence, Guerrero and Farfan
– Portugal:Can Ronaldo lead Euro 2016 champs to global glory?
– Russia:Do weak hosts have easiest group ever?
– Poland:Underestimate Lewandowski & Co. at your peril
– Brazil:Selecao, Neymar hungry to avenge 7-1 humiliation in 2014
– Serbia:Raw squad led by Mitrovic, Milinkovic-Savic hoping to shock
– Marshall:Guardado surgery gives Mexico, Osorio a headache
– Iceland:Dont expect underdogs to escape the group
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– Spain:Andres Iniesta, Spain poised to reclaim World Cup from Germany
– South Korea:Son Heung-Min not enough in tournaments hardest group
– Sweden:Theyre united without Zlatan Ibrahimovic but struggling for form
Read the team previews in Spanish here.
– Argentina:Messi has to bring home the trophy
– Ogden:Who will make the England squad?
– France:Semifinals a realistic aim if Pogba, Griezmann & Co. unite
Read the team previews in Portuguese here.
ESPN FC is previewing every team ahead of the opening game on June 14 in English, Spanish and Portuguese to give a truly global feel to our team profiles. Heres what you need to know about the 32 teams set to do battle in Russia beginning on June 14.
– Tunisia:Injuries will derail underdogs before they get started
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– Vickery:Few surprises in Brazils 23-man squad
– Denmark:Eriksen the key if Danes are to escape the group
– Uruguay:Suarez and Cavanis goals enough to reach the semifinals
– Morocco:Escaping the group will require some serious upsets
– Dove:Injuries leave Tunisia woefully short
– Costa Rica:Ticoshoping for repeat run to quarterfinals
– England:Can Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling carry the Three Lions?