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Canadians can do more than just hockey? Group F layouts ahead of the World Cup

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Teams of Canada and Morocco will try to move the favorites in the face of the teams of Belgium and Croatia. Sport – about the participants in Group F at the World Cup in Qatar.

Belgium

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  • Last Worlds participation: 2018;

  • Worlds best result: third place (2018).

After the bronze in Russia, the team of Roberto Martinez has not undergone major changes. The Red Devils have retained a world-class lineup of Kevin de Bruyne, Axel Witsel, Youri Tielemans, Thibault Courtois. Even Eden Hazard in the national team looks much better than in Real Madrid. However, Belgium is ready to surprise at the World Championships and new names. The national team is counting on Charles de Quetelare. The attacking midfielder has played brilliantly in two Champions League campaigns for Club Brugge and tried on the AC Milan jersey in the summer.

Another discovery was Leonardo Trossard. Midfielder “Brighton” spends a bright segment of his career. He has won UEFA Nations League and qualifying goals, as well as a confident performance in the current season of the Premier League.

Martínez's men seem to be the obvious favorites in Group F. At the same time, there are questions for the national team. Is the team strong enough? Leading players play in leagues with tight schedules, reserves of “physics” in the World Cup may run low. Will the rookies fit into the coaching model and replace the “veterans”?

Canada


  • Last Worlds participation: 1986;

  • Worlds best result: group stage (1986).

The Canadian team returns to the World Cup after a 36-year absence. It's safe to say that the team from North America is the most interesting participant.

Canada was led to the World Cup by John Herdman. The specialist has never played professional football. The Englishman's career began in his student years. Then the young Herdman began to train elementary school children.

Later there was a move to New Zealand. Herdman led the women's national team there. Five years later, he took a similar position in Canada. With girls from North America, the coach took the medals of the Pan American and Olympic Games.

Herdman began working with Maple Leaves in January 2018. During this time, the level of the team has grown significantly. Canadians began to play open attacking football.

The backbone of the team are young talents. Alphonso Davies plays for Bayern, and Jonathan David scores goals for Lille.

North Americans lack experience in big international tournaments. However, Canada will give fire at the World Cup. Rest assured. Herdman's team can surprise with an open game against the group's favorites and an abundance of goals.

Morocco

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  • Last Worlds participation: 2018;

  • Best World Cup result: 1/8 finals (1986).
  • The African team nearly made a splash in 2018. The Moroccans did not have enough time to keep the winning score in the match with Spain and reach the playoffs. Despite the early departure, the national team was noted for their dedication and intransigence. The Lions are distinguished by their uncompromising play and struggle until the last second. A nice bonus is the presence of star players in the squad.

    Ashraf Hakimi is irreplaceable at PSG and is the best right-back in the world. Romain Saiss remains a national favorite in his homeland. The duet of Youssef en-Nessiri and Munir el-Haddadi in Sevilla represents a formidable force.

    The country believes in a bright game of leaders. Some are even convinced that the team will make the playoffs.

    Croatia


    • Last Worlds Participation: 2018;

    • World Cup Best: finalist of the tournament (2018).

    Zlatko Dalic, after silver in Russia, made minimal changes in the composition of the drafts. The Croatian national team is still counting on Luka Modric, for whom the tournament in Qatar will be the last.

    The coach continues to trust other participants in the 2018 World Cup. Domagoj Vida is regularly called up to the national team. On the flank, Ivan Perisic distributes passes, and Dejan Lovren, a friend from his performances for Zenit, works reliably in defense.

    Among the newcomers, Joshko Guardiola can be noted. He consistently plays for RB Leipzig. Former RPL players Mario Pasalic and Nikola Vlašić got a foothold at the start.

    The team passed the selection in the class. The Croats ruffled the nerves of the fans, holding out the dispute for a direct ticket to the last round. There, unfortunately for the Russians, they defeated the team of Valery Karpin.

    It seems that there should be no problems with leaving the group in Qatar. Unless, of course, notorious outsiders do not bring surprises.

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