With the World Cup just around the corner, the fans are brimming with immense joy and excitement. Some people just need another reason to search something about the World Cup. We tend to connect the things that we love; one way is to look for players who represent our clubs in the World Cup and add another few countries to the list of teams to support in the upcoming World Cup. This article will look at one club Juventus and the 10 players who are off to Russia.
Here are the players from Juventus who will be playing in the FIFA World Cup 2018
ARGENTINA: Gonzalo Higuain & Paulo Dybala
Jorge Sampaoli’s side is in Group D, beginning their World Cup campaign against Iceland on 16th June. Further fixtures follow against Croatia on 21st June and Nigeria on 26th June. Gonzalo Higuain has been a reliable source of goals for Argentina with 31 goals in his 70 caps. At the age of 30, El Pipita is still expected to be a key player for his country alongside Messi.
Higuain & Dybala arrives in Russia (Moscow) with Argentinian NT. 🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/qoKPOTFGWR
— Forza Juventus (@ForzaJuve2017) June 10, 2018
One of the best young footballers in the world, Paulo Dybala hasn’t had a major impact on his nation with no goals in his 12 caps. La Joya will certainly hope to change that in the upcoming World Cup in Russia.
BRAZIL: Douglas Costa
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 7, 2018
For the first time since 1950, Brazil, Switzerland, and Serbia were all drawn in the same first-round group. Brazil pitches their enterprising, attack-minded brand of football, they are considered to be one of the most powerful sides going to the 2018 FIFA World Cup and they are widely expected to top the group. With such a deadly attacking squad, it is difficult to fit into the team, Douglas Costa is one such player who might not get as many minutes as he’d like. He has scored just 3 goals in his 23 matches for the nation. But he will definitely be motivated by his recent permanent deal with Juventus.
COLOMBIA: Juan Cuadrado
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 7, 2018
Jose Pekerman’s side will face Japan, Poland, and Senegal in Group H. Colombia is poised to finish on the top of the group. In terms of who will advance to the knockout stages, the battle between Poland and Colombia could prove pivotal. Juan Cuadrado will be one of the key figures in the Colombian squad for the upcoming World Cup, he has already made 69 appearances for his nation and will be looking to add to his tally. His link with star James Rodriguez will be crucial for Colombia’s World Cup Campaign.
CROATIA: Mario Mandzukic
One year ago today…
Mario Mandzukic produced what was considered to be the best overhead-kick scored in a Champions League final 👀
Real Madrid would go on to secure their second of three European titles in a row.pic.twitter.com/dTeYQHXqBh
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) June 3, 2018
Croatia will play against Argentina, Nigeria & Iceland in Group D. Even though the competition is tough, Croatia will likely qualify for the knockouts. A prolific goalscorer who is known for his defensive contribution and aerial power, Mario Mandzukic has already scored 30 goals in his 82 caps for his country and will play a crucial role in Croatia’s World Cup campaign in Russia.
FRANCE: Blaise Matuidi
— Blaise Matuidi (@MATUIDIBlaise) June 7, 2018
France is in a relatively easy group with Peru, Australia, and Denmark, all of them considered to be leagues below France. Blaise Matuidi is looking forward to his 2nd World Cup at the age of 31. The Juventus midfielder has played 67 matches for his country and has managed to score 9 goals. He is all set to take his country into a great victory.
GERMANY: Sami Khedira
— Sami Khedira (@SamiKhedira) June 8, 2018
Joachim Low’s reigning champions will face Mexico, South Korea, and Sweden in Group F. The four-time world champions and current FIFA Confederations Cup holders, Germany is widely expected to top this group. Die Mannschaft will be looking to defend their title as the World Cup champions of 2014. Centre-midfielder Sami Khedira has already appeared in 2 previous world cups and is all ready to use his experience to another victory. 31-year-old Juventus player has appeared in 75 international matches with 7 goals. He is all set to work hard for another victory for his country.
MOROCCO: Medhi Benatia
Medhi Benatia showing true class as captain 🇲🇦👏
— Dugout (@Dugout) June 5, 2018
Morocco is the dark horses in their group which has Iran, Portugal, and Spain. They will require a lot of hard work and a good set of players in order to rise in the World Cup chart. Medhi Benatia is ready to take his nation through this big challenge. The 31-year-old center back has appeared in 56 matches for his country with 2 goals. He is looking forward to providing a lot of clean sheets.
POLAND: Wojciech Szczesny
€12m plus bonuses for Szczesny
€12m plus bonuses for Perin
Two promising goalkeepers for less than €25m initial outlay in this age? That’s brilliant business no matter which way you look at it. pic.twitter.com/wX1v7IvWcq
— Juvefc.com (@juvefcdotcom) June 6, 2018
Poland is in group H with Colombia, Senegal & Japan. They stand a good chance in qualifying for the knockout stage. With some great talent in their team, Poland is ready to play well this World Cup. Goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny will be set to maintain as many clean sheets as possible. He has played in 34 matches for his country at the age of 28 and will be looking forward to more.
URUGUAY: Rodrigo Bentancur
Uruguay have been used to aggressive midfield destroyers, but in Juventus starlet Rodrigo Bentancur they have certainly bucked that trend. 🇺🇾
— Goal (@goal) June 10, 2018
The two-time champions, Uruguay are looking like the team which will most likely top Group A against Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the home team, Russia. In May 2018 the 20-year-old Rodrigo Bentancur was named in Uruguay’s squad for the World Cup. The hard-working midfielder has appeared in 6 matches for his nation and is hoping for more in his debut World Cup in Russia.