2018 FIFA World Cup Group F Preview
Matchup at a Glance
Date & Time: June 14 – July 15, 2018
Quick Picks: France at 6/1, Germany at 9/2, Brazil at 5/1, Spain at 7/1, Croatia at 40/1, Iceland at 200/1
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is just a few months away and in this article, we will take a look at and preview the teams competing from Group F. Group F teams will consist of Germany, Mexico, Korea Republic and Sweden. Each of these teams will play in Group play from June 17 thru June 27. The Winners of Group F will face the Runners-Up of Group E. The Runners-Up in Group F will advance and take on the Winners of Group E.
Germany are the reigning FIFA World Cup Champions and FIFA Confederations Cup Winners. Germany will be looking to become the first team since 1962 to repeat as returning champions and win the FIFA World Cup. They are ranked #1 in the FIFA rankings and will be appearing in their 19th FIFA World Cup. Germany has won the crown on four occasions in 1954, 1974, 1990 and most recently in 2014. They are led by head coach Joachim Low, who has been with the team since 2006. Low is an amazing coach and has a plethora of success in his background to make them another favorite to win this year’s FIFA World Cup!
Mexico will be appearing in their 16th FIFA World Cup, with their most recent coming in 2014. They have made it to the quarterfinals in 1970 and again in 1986. They are led by Juan Carlos Osorio, who has been with the team since 2015 as their head coach. They were one of the earliest teams to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, securing their bid with three games to spare.
Korea Republic will be appearing in their 10th FIFA World Cup and will be looking to advance past their best finish ever, which was a 4th place finish in 2002. Korea Republic first appeared in the FIFA World Cup in 1954 and although they are experienced, they are one of the biggest underdogs in the tournament.They are led by Shin Tae-Yong, who was appointed in July of 2017 after the dismissal of former coach Uli Stielike. His coaching experience is limited to the national U-20 team and also won the AFC Champions League with Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in 2010.
Sweden punched their ticket to play in Russia by winning the aggregate playoff against Italy, winning by the score 1-0. They will be making their 12th FIFA World Cup and are currently ranked 18th in the FIFA rankings. Sweded appeared in the finals one time, losing their only shot at a title in 1958. They are coached by Janne Andersson, who is one of the most experienced coaches in the World Cup. Andersson took over the Sweden National Team in 2015 and has created some excitement in Sweden after leading them to a World Cup qualifying win over Italy.
June 17 Germany vs. Mexico Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia
June 18 Sweden vs. South Korea Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny, Novgorod
June 23 South Korea vs. Mexico Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don, Russia
June 23 Germany vs. Sweden Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia
June 27 South Korea vs. Germany Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia
June 27 Mexico vs. Sweden Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg, Russia
Spooky Express Winning Picks for World Cup Group F
Defending champion Germany sets out to win its second World Cup in a row, and we do not see this group stopping them whatsoever. Mexico is packed with talent but has gotten itself a horrible draw even though they sailed through the World Cup qualifiers. Mexico just doesn’t have enough talent to compete with teams such as Germany.
Sweden is full of confidence after defeating Italy but they have too many flaws to advance and the same goes for South Korea who after hosting the Olympics and improving are just not strong enough to compete.
It looks like nothing will stop Germany, but Mexico will put up a fight and come in second. Sweden will fall into third place, and South Korea into fourth.