The fourth day of games world Cup will have group F as one of the protagonists. The key has the presence of the Belgiumthird in the last World Cup, from Canada, who returns to a World Cup after 36 years, from Croatia, current vice-world champion, and Morocco, which arrives as one of the best teams in Africa. O TO THROW! prepared a special guide for the set, with the teams, the stars and the curiosities.
Big favorite to “be champion” of the group, Belgium open against Canada on Wednesday 23, at 4 p.m. (Brasilia time), while Croatia face Morocco the same day, but at 7 a.m. (Brasilia time). The teams return to the field on November 27 and December 1.
SEE THE MATCH SCHEDULE
Morocco vs Croatia – 11/23 (7am)
Belgium v Canada – 23/11 (4pm)
Belgium v Morocco – 27/11 (10am)
Croatia vs Canada – 11/27 (1pm)
Croatia – Belgium – 12/01 (4 p.m.)
Canada vs Morocco – 12/01 (4pm)
Third in the last World Cup, the Belgium arrive for the World Cup in Qatar with the pressure of having the “last chance” of a generation. The famous “great Belgian generation” achieved their best result in 2018, but want more in 2022 and are looking to clinch their first title.
Dubbed the second best team in the world, according to the official FIFA rankings, Belgium continue to have big stars to dream of the unprecedented title: Thibaut Courtois, chosen by France Football as the best goalkeeper in the world last season and Kevin De Bruyne, considered the third best player on the planet also by France Football. Eden Hazard, down at Real Madrid, and Romelu Lukaku, out of his best physical condition, can also contribute to Belgium’s golden dream.
CAMPAIGN IN THE QUALIFIERS
The qualification for the World Cup went very well for Belgium. With six wins and two draws from eight matches, the Belgian side led European Qualifiers Group E on 20 points, five ahead of second-placed Wales in the play-offs.
Guardians: Thibaut Courtois, Koen Casteels and Simon Mignolet
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld, Zeno Debast, Leander Dendoncker, Wout Faes, Arthur Theate, Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Meunier, Timothy Castagne
Midfielders: Kevin De Bruyne, Amadou Onana, Youri Tielemans, Hans Vanaken, Axel Witsel, Yannick Carrasco, Thorgan Hazard
Forwards: Michy Batshuayi, Charles De Ketelaere, Jeremy Doku, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens, Lois Openda, Leandro Trossard
TIME BASIS: Courteous; Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Debast; Castagne, Tielemans, Witsel, Meunier; Eden Hazard, De Bruyne and Lukaku
Technician: Roberto Martinez
Returning to the World Cup after 36 years, the Canadian team arrives for its second appearance as a candidate for the “sensation” of the World Cup. With strong individual highlights from the likes of Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David, Cyle Larin and Tajon Buchanan, Canada come in as underdogs in a complicated group, but have everything to spice up the fight for a place in the round of 16, which would be something of a surprise. history for the country. .
Alphonso Davies, the company’s main star, has seen his participation in the World Cup threatened by a recent injury. During a Bayern Munich game, the player felt his thigh and left the game, leaving all Canadian fans in distress. But the injury was not that serious and the athlete, who did not participate in Canada’s last friendly before the World Cup, is a confirmed presence in the team.
Cyle Larin and Jonathan David form Canada’s forward pair and have simply been instrumental in the team’s CONCACAF qualifying campaign. Larin, the national team’s all-time top scorer, has scored 13 goals, while David has netted nine times.
CAMPAIGN IN THE QUALIFIERS
With such a talented generation, it was to be expected that Canada would fight for the first World Cup ranking since 1986, but what was seen was an absolute Canadian tour and ranking with praise for Qatar. . In 14 games, there have been eight wins, four draws and only two losses, with the best attack (23 goals scored) and the best defense (7 goals conceded).
Guardians: James Pantemis, Milan Borjan and Dayne St. Claire
defenders: Samuel Adekugbe, Joel Waterman, Alistair Johnson, Richie Laryea, Kamal Miller, Steven Victoria, Derek Cornelius
midfielders: Liam Fraser, Ismael Koné, Mark-Anthony Kaye, David Wotherspoon, Jonathan Osorio, Atiba Hutchinson, Stephen Eustaquio, Samuel Piette
Attackers: Tajon Buchanan, Liam Millar, Lucas Cavallini, Iké Ugbo, Junior Hoilett, Jonathan David, Cyle Larin and Alphonso Davies
TIME BASIS: Borjan, Johnston, Victoria, Miller; Buchanan, Eustache, Hutchinson, Davies, Adekugbe; larin, david
Technician: John Herdman
Current vice-champion, Croatia arrives for the World Cup in Qatar with a slightly older generation and without one of its pillars: Ivan Rakitic. However, the Vatreni have their big star to repeat the historic 2018 campaign: Luka Modric.
Voted best player in the world after the runners-up in 2018, Modric is the main asset of the Croatian national team. The midfielder seems not to have aged in this World Cup cycle and continues to parade his football with refinement and with the same quality as always with the Real Madrid shirt. Moreover, he won another Champions League title in 2022.
CAMPAIGN IN THE QUALIFIERS
In a group with Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta, Croatia had a tough campaign in the Qualifiers and reached the final round in second place behind Russia. But the last round kept a direct confrontation between the teams and the Croatian team won. With a slim 1-0 victory, Croatia reached first place in the group and qualified directly for the World Cup.
Guardians: Dominik Livakovic, Ivica Ivusic and Ivo Grbic
Defenders: Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Borna Barisic, Josip Juranovic, Josko Gvardiol, Borna Sosa, Josip Stanisic, Martin Erlic and Josip Sutalo
Midfielders: Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic, Mario Pasalic, Nikola Vlasic, Lovro Majer, Kristijan Jakic and Luka Sucic
Forwards: Ivan Perisic, Andrej Kramaric, Bruno Petkovic, Mislav Orsic, Ante Budimir and Marko Livaja
TIME BASIS: Livakovic; Stanisic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Barisic; Brozovic, Kovacic, Modric; Pasalic, Perisic and Kramaric.
Technician: Zlatko Dalic
After a lackluster and winless campaign at the 2018 World Cup, Morocco arrive in Qatar with their main stars, but with a question mark in the minds of fans over how the team will perform under the watchful eye. a new coach. Yes, it’s true. The Moroccan national team arrives for the World Cup with a practically new coach.
In August, when the team was already classified for the World Cup, Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic was sacked even with a fine performance of 20 wins and three losses in 30 games. However, the coach’s poor relationship with Ziyech and Mazraoui, two of Morocco’s biggest stars, with the right not to be called up, ended up weighing in favor of his dismissal. No sooner said than done. With the departure of Halilhodzic and the arrival of Walid Regragui as new coach, the two highlights returned to the selection to compete in the World Cup.
CAMPAIGN IN THE QUALIFIERS
Morocco did not have any major difficulties to obtain its place in the World Cup in Qatar. Still under Halilhodzic and without the presence of Ziyech, the Moroccan team went through the group stage of the Qualifiers without a hitch and won against the Democratic Republic of Congo in the final phase to guarantee their second consecutive qualification for a World Cup.
Guardians: Yassine Bounou, Munir, Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti
Defenders: Achraf Hakimi, Noussair Mazraoui, Romain Saiss, Nayef Aguerd, Achraf Dari, Jawad El-Yamiq, Yahia Attiat-Allal, Badr Benoun
Midfielders: Sofyan Amrabat, Azzedine Ounahi, Abdelhamid Sabiri, Selim Amallah, Yahya Jabrane, Bilal El Khannous
Forwards: Hakim Ziyech, Zakaria Aboukhlal, Sofiane Boufal, Youssef En-Nesyri, Ez Abde, Anass Zaroury, Ilias Chair, Abderrazak Hamdallah, Walid Cheddira
TIME BASIS: Bounou, Hakimi, Aguerd, Saïss, Mazraoui; Amrabat, Ounahi, Amallahi; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal
Technician: Walid Regragui
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