2014 World Cup: Breaking Down Group C
In Group C, Radamel Falcao and Columbia drew Ivory Coast, Japan and Greece. While Columbia will be the favorites, none of the three teams will allow them to advance with ease.
Easily one of the best strikers in the world, Falcao will be looking to lead his nation deep into the latter stages of the 2014 World Cup. Joining him up top are speedsters Jackson Martinez and Luis Muriel, who will perfectly complement the tall, strong Falcao in the middle.
Fredy Guarín, James Rodríguez, Juan Cuadrado and Juan Quintero will hold down the midfield and supply the deadly trio up top with ball after ball, meaning the Columbians could be in for quite a goal fest.
Les Elephants will be seeking their first entry past the group stage of a World Cup when they go to Brazil. Boasting a number of stars plying their trade all over Europe, the Ivoirians will at least hope to be the best African nation in 2014. With a somewhat favorable draw, making their first appearance in the knockout stages looks to be a real possibility.
Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure and Boubacar Barry are all longtime veterans and could possibly be playing in one of their last, if not the last, World Cups. Talent at every position should see Les Elephants progress and maybe make a shock run into the quarterfinals.
The Samurai Blue are led by Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa and Yuto Nagatomo and will be looking to surprise a few by giving Columbia and Ivory Coast trouble. After a round of 16 appearance in 2010, Japan will hope to replicate that, but will have a difficult time overcoming the two aforementioned nations.
Greece will hope to tap into the past and bring forth the spirit of the 2004 Euro squad that shocked the world by winning it all. Unfortunately, the Greeks don’t have the best goal scoring record, only netting 12 goals in 10 World Cup Qualifying matches. The stalwart defense led by Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Vasilis Torosidis only allowed four goals though, so the Pirate Ship could prove to be a headache for the other three teams.