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2014 World Cup: Predicting The Final Outcome Of Group C

World Cup 2014: Predicting The Final Outcome Of Group C

Ivory Coast celebrate a goal at the Africa Cup of Nations
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Many of the groups for the 2014 World Cup are extremely competitive, with very little to separate two, three and sometimes even all four of the teams. Group C is precisely one of those groups. Colombia sit as favorites, just ahead of the very closely matched Ivory Coast, Japan and Greece. Whether star striker Radamel Falcao is fit to play for Colombia will impact just how tight the group could be from first place all the way down to fourth.

4th Place: Greece

Konstantinous Mitroglou of Greece and Fulham FC
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4th Place: Greece

Konstantinous Mitroglou of Greece and Fulham FC
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Greece are a team that will look to be defensively compact and try to keep games tight, hoping to sneak a close win somehow. They may pick up a few points with draws here and there, but, ultimately, they won't pick up enough points to advance. They could, however, severely impact the race for the top two positions by taking points from the other teams in the group.

3rd Place: Japan

Shinji Kagawa dribbles the ball for Japan
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3rd Place: Japan

Shinji Kagawa dribbles the ball for Japan
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Japan have a high energy style of play, and they also have some guile and creativity in the midfield with players like Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda. In what will undoubtedly be a tight group, though, with tight games in every round, Japan just lacks the kind of firepower that the Ivory Coast and Colombia have at their disposal.

2nd Place: Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast celebrate a goal by Yaya Toure
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2nd Place: Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast celebrate a goal by Yaya Toure
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This World Cup will be the final one for the so called 'Golden Generation' of Ivory Coast. Didier Drogba is now in the latter stages of his career, but he is still a dangerous man; and with Yaya Toure, Wilfried Bony, Seydou Doumbia, Solomon Kalou, Gervinho and Lacina Traore to call upon for goals, the Elephants should have no problem scoring the goals they need to advance to the second round.

1st Place: Colombia

Radamel Falcao celebrates a goal for Colombia
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1st Place: Colombia

Radamel Falcao celebrates a goal for Colombia
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How far Colombia can advance in the tournament will depend on whether Radamel Falcao is healthy or not, and if so, just how match fit he is. But even without Falcao, Colombia should still have enough to make it through the group phase. Fellow strikers Jackson Martinez, Carlos Bacca and Luis Muriel should score enough, with the creativity of James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado serving them, to still advance in first place.