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Sorare World Cup Special - Part 3

Updated: Jul 20, 2023

Do the south American teams have an advantage with the warmer weather?

Well, I've looked it up. The average is 28°C, that's about 80 °F. Not that hot compared to the Qatari summer. That being said, all stadiums will have air conditioning.

The warm or conditioned weather won't help Costa Rica get past the group phase. Read the round-up for Group E and F.

Don't sleep on our other Sorare articles in the World Cup Special:

Part 4: Group G & H

"You want to know the name of my balls?" Seems a bit personal but the World Cup official ball is named Al Rihla, it means The journey and it will be the fastest ball in World Cup history. Look out goalkeepers!

Another good question I got: "When does the World Cup start?" You'll have to imagine the TV series 24 sound effect.


The Group stage:

Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan.

This group seems an open-and shut-case on the first view, but is it really that simple?

Germany seems a logical contender to go through the knock-out phase of the tournament. A team of superstars, a new coach (Hansi Flick), and one of the world's best goalies, Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munchen). "Give them the cup already!" But let's not forget the World Cup in Russia where die Mannschaft only got three points in the group stage and got to go home very early in the competition. However, I don't see this happening again. Maybe one name drop then, keep an eye out for Karim Adeyemi (Dortmund)

La Furia Roja or Spain is another contender for the World Cup. A team on the rise. They have an amazing balanced team, Rodri (Man City), Sarabia (PSG), and Asensio (Real Madrid) just to name a few. Also loads of quality with two world-class goalkeepers: Unai (Atletico Madrid) and De Gea (Man U.), with the goalkeeper from Atletico Madrid being the first choice. The rise of prospects such as Ferran Torres, Pedri, and Ansu Fati (all Barcelona) bodes well for the future, but it remains to be seen whether Spain will be strong enough to go all the way in Qatar. That said, the Nations League run, beaten in the final by France, is another good indication.

Japan, or Samurai Blue. The goalkeeper position is fairly uncertain. The notion is that Gonda (Shimizu) has won the position from Kawashima (Strasbourg) and will be the starting goalkeeper for the World Cup. Before throwing your money at Gonda, make sure you follow the situation in the J-League, as there is a chance Shimizu might relegate. However, the chances are high his utility for the World cup will end in three games, where he conceived a fair amount of goals. Japan's football is on the rise in Europe, with an invasion of players. Kubo (Real Sociedad), Minamino (Liverpool), and Ueda (Cercle Brugge).

Costa Rica barely made the World Cup after the inter-confederation play-offs. They will have a hard time competing in this group and even a great goalkeeper like Keylar Navas (PSG) won't be saving (pun intended) them. Unfortunately, I predict a swift exit from the World Cup stage.

Our prediction:

David: 1. Spain, 2. Germany, 3. Japan, 4. Costa Rica.

Tom: 1. Germany, 2. Spain, 3. Japan, 4. Costa Rica.

Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia.

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