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FIFA WORLD CUP Group C Preview - by Arshan Ahmad Qaiser

Updated: Nov 19

With so many football players having a last go at this year's Qatar 22 World Cup, it will surely be one to be remembered, and that's the case with group c which features South American giants Argentina. It's going to be one of the most highly contested groups as everyone wants to finish first to face a weaker team in the next round or even spoil the party causing upsets.




Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦


Poor in attack, the Arabian side have had an avarage performance in the world cup qualifiers. Although they made it to Qatar 22, thanks to their great defensive prowess.

Their coach, Hervé Renard has quite an experience as he led Zambia and Ivory Coast to AFCON Cup in 2012 and 2015, becoming the only coach to win the competition with different teams. The major problem with Saudi Arabia is goalscoring as they haven't scored in the past few encounters, sitting back and defending in low block.

They have that defensive prowess which may frustrate the other three teams in group c, but Saudi Arabia's Qualification chances to the next round is very slim.


World Cup Squad 2022


Goalkeepers : Mohamed Al-Owais, Nawaf Al-Aqiq, Mohamed Al-Yami


Defenders : Yasser Al-Shahrani, Ali Al-Bulaihi, Abdulelah Al-Amri, Abdullah Madu, Hassan Tambakti, Sultan Al-Ghanam, Mohammed Al-Breik, Saud Abdulhamid


Midfielders : Salman Al-Faraj, Riyadh Sharahili, Ali Al-Hassan, Mohamed Kanno, Abdulelah Al-Malik, Sami Al-Najei, Abdullah Otayf, Nasser Al-Dawsari, Abdulrahman Al-Aboud, Salem Al-Dawsari, Hattan Bahebri


Forwards : Fahad Al-Muwallad, Haitham Asiri, Saleh Al-Shehri, Firas Al-Buraikan


Mexico 🇲🇽


This side has been going through a transition, specially their coach Gerardo Martino who has also managed FC Barcelona previously and Knows everything about Lionel Messi. So the coach can probably come up with a plan against La Pulga.

Mexico have not been impressive when playing against bigger opponents as seen in the CONCACAF Qualifiers, which might be a drawback going into the world cup. Although their qualification for the next round looks uncertain, they will go all out in the world cup because of their team spirit as they already outplayed Germany in 2018 tournament.

World Cup Squad 2022


Goalkeepers : Guillermo Ochoa, Alfredo Talavera, Rodolfo Cota


Defenders : Jorge Sanchez, Nestor Araújo, Gerardo Arteaga, Kevin Alvarez, Jesus Gallardo, Cesar Montes, Hector Moreno, Johan Vazquez


Midfielders : Orbelin Pineda, Carlos Rodriguez, Uriel Antuna, Roberto Alvarado, Hector Herrera,

Erick Gutierrez, Luis Chavez, Luis Romo, Andreas Guardado, Edson Alvarez, Hirving Lozano


Forwards : Henry Martin, Rogelio Funes Mori,

Raul Jiminez, Alexis Vega


Poland 🇵🇱


They qualified for Qatar 22 via playoffs beating Sweden, doing it the hard way. All eyes will be on Robert Lewandowski, Zielinski, Glik mainly.

Basically they have a defensive approach going into the match, holding until the right moment to hit on counters.

"Polland will be calling themselves lucky as their chances of qualifying are more than 'Saudi Arabia' and 'Mexico' apart from Argentina", as said by Zeeshan Khan.


World Cup Squad 2022


Goalkeepers : Bartlomiej Dragowski, Lukasz Skorupski, Wojciech Szczesny


Defenders : Jan Bednarek, Bartosz Bereszynski, Matty Cash, Kamil Glik, Robert Gumny, Arthur Jedrzejczyk, Jakub Kiwior, Mateusz Wieteska, Nicola Zalewski


Midfielders : Krystian Bielik, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Kamil Grosicki, Jakub Kaminski,

Grzegorz Krychowiak, Michal Skoras, Damian Szymanski, Sebastian Szymanski, Piotr Zielinski,

Szymon Zurkowski


Forwards : Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Krzysztof Piatek, Karol Swiderski


Argentina 🇦🇷


Argentina have a very strong team, unbeaten in their last 35 matches starting from 2019, just 3 shy of beating Italy's 37 match record. If you have a deep look at their current squad, they have team spirit, chemistry, winning mentality and Lionel Messi obviously who will be gracing the pitch for the last time in World Cups.

Their squad is familiar with 4-3-3, 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1

formations, Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martinez

up-front, meanwhile Dimaria, lo celso, De Paul and Paredes taking charge in the midfield.

Argentina are not only favourites to top the group, but also to win the world cup this time.


World Cup Squad 2022


Goalkeepers : Emiliano Martinez, Geronimo Rulli, Franco Armani


Defenders : Nahule Molina, Gonzalo Montiel,

Cristian Romero, German Pezzella, Nicolas Otamendi, Lisandro Martinez, Marcos Acuna, Nicolas Tagliafico, Juan Foyth


Midfielders : Rodrigo de Paul, Leandro Paredes,

Alexis Mac Allister, Guido Rodriguez, Alejandro

Gomez, Enzo Fernandez, Exequile Palacios


Forwards : Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Angel Correa, Julian Alvarez, Thiago Almada, Paulo

Dybala, Lautaro Martinez





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