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it’s been 20 years Brazil Won the last world cup. As the No. 1 ranked team in the world, it is certainly the favorite to win it all in Qatar. four years ago, Seleção trusted too much neymar and lost belgium In the quarterfinals, but with a sizable roster of stars playing in the world’s top league, Tite’s team is expected to bow out of the group.
However, you can’t ignore competitive European sides Switzerlandwhich Brazil had drawn in the 2018 group stage, and Serbiawho beat cristiano ronaldo portugal during qualification. cameroon There is also an experienced group and battle-tested after the playoff victory over Algeria.
Here’s a look at the four teams in Group G:
everything you need to know about Switzerland,
coach: murat yakin
highest finish: Quarterfinals (1934, 1938, 1954)
2018 over: round of 16
Fox Bet Odds: +8000
Key Players: granite facade, sherdan shaqiri, yan sommer
What we’re excited to see: 2018 World Cup group stage rematch between Switzerland and Serbia on 2 December. Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored the game-winning goal in the 90th minute of that game, made headlines for celebrating their goals with Albanian nationalist symbols. Both players, who are also team captains, are of Albanian-Kosovan heritage, and Kosovo is not recognized by Serbia.
What does success look like: leaving the group
Achilles heel: goalkeeper Yann Sommer, who famously saved a penalty kick by France kilian mbappe During Euro 2020 and set a Bundesliga record with 19 stops in a match, he recently injured his ankle. He is a key veteran player for the Swiss, and he will need to stay healthy in Qatar.
X Factor: As long as Chicago Fire winger Shaqiri is in top form, Switzerland should feel good about the prospect of being eliminated from the group.
Three things you need to know about Switzerland
Alexi Lalas offers three things to know about Switzerland ahead of the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
goalkeeper: Gregor Kobel, Jan Sommer, Jonas Omlin, Philip Kohn
defenders: Manuel Akanji, Arre Comert, Nico Elvedi, Fabian Schar, Sylvan Widmer, Ricardo Rodriguez, Edimilson Fernandes
midfielder: Mitchell Ibischer, Sherdan Shaqiri, Renato Stephen, Granit Xhaka, Dennis Zakaria, Fabian Frei, Remo Freiler, Noah Okafor, Fabian Ryder, Ardon Jashari
ahead: Brill Embolo, Ruben Vargas, Djibril So, Haris Seferovic, Christian Fassnacht
But Littman covers college football, college basketball and soccer for Fox Sports. She previously wrote for Sports Illustrated, USA Today and The Indianapolis Star. She is the author of “Strong Like a Woman”, published in the spring of 2022 to mark the 50th anniversary of Title IX. Follow him on Twitter @lecon littman,
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