World Cup Preview: Group C
By Vishnu Nagaraj
Group C consists of Colombia, Greece, The Ivory Coast, and Japan. This could be the most wide-open groups in the entire tournament. All four teams can make a legitimate case to advance to the knockout stage. Colombia are led by one of the best strikers in the world, Radamel Falcao, but there is a problem with that. Falcao suffered a horrific knee injury while playing for French club AS Monaco. He was not expected to recover in time to play in the World Cup but modern rehabilitation methods have sped up his recovery process and he has been named in Colombia’s provisional squad. However, this does not guarantee that he will be fully fit in time for Colombia’s first match. His recovery could be the difference for Colombia and how far they advance in this tournament. Greece always seems to find a way to perform at a high level in these types of tournaments and they should definitely be in contention to advance from this group. They have a core of veterans who have been together for the last two world cups and they know how to play with each other, which could be a huge advantage for them. When it comes to star power within this group, look no further than the Ivory Coast. With iconic striker Didier Drogba and powerful midfield anchor Yaya Toure leading them, they could be primed to make a deep run this year. The wildcard in this group has to be Japan. They have a talented duo of midfielders in Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa who will be expected to run the show for the Japanese. This group will be exciting to watch with each team believing that have a chance to win the group and advance to the knockout rounds.
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.