World Cup 2018: Group A Review, Episode 2 (Uruguay, Russia)

Uruguay

Current FIFA rank: 17

World cup appearance: 13th time in 2018

World cup 2014: Round of 16

World Cup 2018
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The history of World Cup Football begins with Uruguay. They were the host for the first ever World Cup in 1930 and as well as the winner. Incredibly, they became the champion again in their second World Cup appearance in 1950, and this was their last time as a champion in the World Cup.

Though they qualified for the World cup by standing on the 2nd place from Latin America, that race was not that easy for them. They went through so many up and down situation in the qualifies.

Skillful, dynamic and often controversial, Luis Suarez is the main hope for his country. Suarez, the all-time top scorer of Uruguay, would like to finish his third World cup appearance in a high.

Luis Suarez
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He has Edinson Cavani alongside him, who was South America’s top scorer in qualification. Team captain Diego Godin is the respected organizer of the defensive line.

Except these three, Uruguay has some other potential names in their team as well. Together, they can make a huge mass to any team.

Uruguay World Cup Squad

Preliminary World Cup Squad – The final 23-man squad is yet to be announced.

GOALKEEPERS: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama), Martin Campana (Independiente).

DEFENDERS: Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Sebastian Coates (Sporting Lisbon), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Maximiliano Pereira (Porto), Gaston Silva (Independiente), Martin Caceres (Lazio), Guillermo Varela (Penarol).

MIDFIELDERS: Nahitan Nandez (Boca Juniors), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria), Matias Vecino (Inter Milan), Federico Valverde (Real Madrid), Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus), Carlos Sanchez (Monterrey), Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro), Diego Laxalt (Genoa), Cristian Rodriguez (Penarol), Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Monterrey), Nicolas Lodeiro (Seattle Sounders), Gaston Ramirez (Sampdoria).

FORWARDS: Cristhian Stuani (Girona), Maximiliano Gomez (Celta Vigo), Edinson Cavani (Paris St-Germain), Luis Suarez (Barcelona).

Boss Oscar Tabarez is probably in his last coaching job, he will look to go out with a bang. Relatively, his side is in an easier group, but in competitions like World Cup, there is nothing called easy in it.

Russia

Current FIFA rank: 66

World cup appearance: 11th time in 2018

World cup 2014: Eliminated from Group stage

russia
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This World Cup’s host nation Russia is not a very popular name in world football. In fact, they haven’t done anything extraordinary in the field so that anyone can notice them. Their selection as a host for World Cup was a huge controversial fact, but that’s a different story. We are not going to discuss that today.

As being the host nation, they didn’t have to play the qualifiers. But they had very busy friendly matches scheduled for the last two years.

The main star player of the Russian squad is their keeper Igor Akinfeev. Midfielder Alan Dzagoev is also a key player for them. Akinfeev has more than 100 caps to his name and is closing in on Sergei Ignashevich’s national record of 120 appearances. Though, after Andrei Arshavin, Russia is in a lack of world class finishers, but few new faces are rising day by day.

Russia World Cup Squad

They announced this 28-man preliminary squad on May 11th

COACH: Stanislav Cherchesov

GOALKEEPERS: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Brugge), Soslan Dzhanaev (Rubin Kazan), Andrei Lunev (Zenit St. Petersburg)

DEFENDERS: Vladimir Granat, Fyodor Kudryashov (both Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Roman Neustadter (Fenerbahce), Konstantin Rausch (Dynamo Moscow), Andrei Semyonov (Akhmat Grozny), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Mario Fernandes, Sergei Ignashevich (both CSKA Moscow)

MIDFIELDERS: Yury Gazinsky (Krasnodar), Alan Dzagoev, Alexander Golovin (both CSKA Moscow), Alexander Erokhin, Yury Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev (all Zenit St. Petersburg), Roman Zobnin, Alexander Samedov (both Spartak Moscow), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Tashyev (Dynamo Moscow), Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal)

FORWARDS: Artem Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Aleksei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fyodor Smolov (Krasnodar), Fyodor Chalov (CSKA Moscow)

Russian coach Stanislav Cherchesov needs to get results under the pressure of the home crowd. But it seems like that most of the Russians are exciting with hosting the World Cup rather than expecting something big from their home team. Definitely, it’s a positive thing for the Russian squad.

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