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Asia At The World Cup2 min read

Japan Australia Iran South Korea Saudi Arabia

5 Asian teams get ready to represent their country at the World cup and have started their preparation by playing friendlies against various teams around the globe. Let’s take a look at what promise they hold and a few things they need to tweak before Russia 2018.

 

Saudi Arabia:

Saudi Arabia is the lowest ranked team in the tournament and they will have a mountain to climb at their first World Cup since 2006. They will be facing Suarez led Uruguay, Salah’s Egypt and the home team Russia backed by their home support and will have to pull off a huge surprise, if they are to make it to the next round of the competition. They qualified for the world cup after edging Australia on goal difference in the group- B of the AFC Asia qualifiers.

Japan:

The dismal performance at the 2014 World Cup still looms over the heads of the Japanese as they look to overturn their fortunes. For the Samurai Blue to fire, their three main superstars need to fire on all cylinders- Shinji Kagawa, Shinji Okazaki, and Kasuki Honda. After sacking their previous manager citing the lack of communication, the Japanese are desperate to well in a group of Colombia, Senegal, and Poland which seems to be relatively open.

 

South Korea:

The hopes of Korean success at the world cup rests on the shoulders of ace Tottenham striker, Son. But it would take something extraordinary to make it through a group consisting of Sweden, Mexico and the current world champions, Germany. Their FIFA ranking of 61 is higher than the combined rankings of their opponents. Low expectations from the team have certainly reduced the pressure from the team but will be a huge surprise if they extend their stay until July.

 

Australia:

Australia is yet another team that will be looking to make a statement at the world cup. Their 38-year-old warhorse, Tim Cahill might yet again be called upon for his services for the Socceroos, although he has played only 90 minutes of football during the entirety of last season and will only be called upon if the times are tough. He has scored during his last three world cups and seems to be their go-to man for the big occasions. They have a tough group but is passable as they have to play France, Denmark, and Peru.

 

Iran:

Iran was probably the most prolific team to qualify from Asia. The qualified with relative ease way back in June with a 2-0 win against Uzbekistan. They topped their group with great efficiency and are also the strongest Asian side at the World Cup. Their group, however, seems too hard for them to fight off with former World champions Spain and Portugal pitted against them and will need to pull off a miracle to go through.

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