ARGENTINA • CROATIA • ICELAND •
Argentina vs. Iceland
Croatia vs. Nigeria
Argentina vs. Croatia
Nigeria vs. Iceland
Iceland vs. Croatia
Nigeria vs. Argentina
The leader of Group D is, with no doubt, Argentina; but Nigeria and Croatia are also very good teams and can be challenging to play against.
ARGENTINA FIFA RANKING: 4
The coach of the national team of Argentina is JORGE SAMPAOLI.
When you think of Argentina, the first player that may come to your head is Lionel Messi – who is considered, along with Cristiano Ronaldo, the greatest football player in the world at the moment. Messi decided to leave the national team after losing the World Cup 2014 final to Germany and after the heartbreak of losing Copa América 2015 and Copa América Centenario. The squad struggled without Messi and he eventually decided to join the national team again.
Argentina have a group of very talented players available. Alongside Messi, there are some star players: Sergio Agüero, Ángel Di María,Sergio Romero, Gonzalo Higuaín, Éver Banega and Lucas Biglia. For most of the veteran players in the team, this is the last chance to have a World Cup trophy in their collection.
CROATIA FIFA RANKING: 17
The COACH of the national team of Croatia is ZLATKO DALIĆ.
Croatia is a small country with very talented players. They have group of star midfielders -Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic of Real Madrid, along with Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona are probably the best midfielders at this tournament who will help the incredible strikers Andrej Kramarić and Mario Mandžukić score.
ICELAND FIFA RANKING: 22
The coach of the national team of Iceland is HEIMIR HALLGRÍMSSON.
Iceland is a small Nordic country where football is mostly played indoor, due to the weather. Most of the players in this team play part-time football. Their first participation in a major tournament was at the Euro 2016, where they eliminated England from the tournament. This is the first time in history that they have qualified to a World Cup.
They have a tall and strong defence that will put problems to any team playing against them. The team is motivated and confident – ready to surprise spectators at this tournament like they did in 2016.
Their key players are strikers Kolbeinn Sigþórsson and Alfreð Finnbogason and midfielder Gylfi Sigurðsson.
NIGERIA FIFA RANKING: 50
The coach of the national team of Nigeria is the German GERNOT ROHR.
Nigeria is one of the best African national teams, with a lengthy history at the World Cup. They have a powerful defence and quick attack, with very athletic players.
Their best players are midfielder and captain John Obi Mikel. Nigeria also has amazing forwards like Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Victor Moses.
Along with Argentina they are the team with the biggest chance of progressing far in this year’s tournament.