World Cup Preview: Group A
By Vishnu Nagaraj
The 20th FIFA World Cup begins on the twentieth of June from Brazil and it promises to be a spectacular event. Fans from around the world will flock to the so-called “home of soccer” to cheer for their home country. This year’s tournament features an incredible amount of talent, both young and old, that promise to entertain everyone. In the days leading up to tournament, Dabuzzza will release a preview for each group every day following up with my final predictions.
Group A consists of Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, and Cameroon. The team to watch in this group is without a doubt the hosts of the tournament, Brazil. Led by Captain and top defender Thiago Silva and exciting young winger Neymar, this team has the talent, the leadership, and hometown advantage to make a strong push to win it all. Croatia are a dark-horse contender in this group. With their big three of midfielders Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, and Striker Mario Mandzukic, this team can be expected to score plenty of goals. Next we have Mexico and Cameroon. Both teams are led by their star strikers, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez for Mexico and Samuel Eto’o for Cameroon. These two teams have the potential to advance to the knockout round from this group but will need big time results to make that happen. Many people will say that Brazil are locks to advance deep in the tournament but they will be under immense pressure to play well. They will be going against teams that have serious talent so keep an eye out on the matches in this group.
Vishnu Nagaraj is a finance major at Binghamton University. He is a self-taught DJ and sports fanatic. His favorite teams are the Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, San Diego Chargers, and FC Barcelona. You can follow him on twitter at @DJVishMusic.