2014 World Cup: Predicting The Final Outcome Of Group F

World Cup 2014: Predicting The Final Outcome Of Group F

Maxi Rodriguez celebrates scoring a goal for Argentina
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Group F is one of the more diverse World Cup groups that was drawn for the 2014 tournament in Brazil. With South America, Europe, Africa and Asia all represented in the group, it is a group which is sure to present an intriguing clash of styles and cultures. Argentina are clear favorites to finish in first place, but Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nigeria and Iran are all closely matched which makes for a group where any team could feasibly advance.

4th Place: Iran

Ashkan Dejagah of Iran and Fulham FC
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4th Place: Iran

Ashkan Dejagah of Iran and Fulham FC
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Iran have suffered a shockingly poor build-up to the World Cup so far. Manager Carlos Queiroz has bemoaned a lack of support from both the top clubs in Iran and the Iranian football federation when it comes to the availability of players and the equipment and conditions they have had to work with. Already a tough task to advance from this group, it seemingly gets tougher with every day that passes for Team Melli.

3rd Place: Nigeria

John Obi Mikel of Nigeria and Chelsea
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3rd Place: Nigeria

John Obi Mikel of Nigeria and Chelsea
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Nigeria will initially have their eyes focused on Bosnia and Herzegovina as they try to advance from Group F. The two nations play each other in the second round of group games, and it will probably make for the decider in which side advances of the two teams. Both are closely matched, with each team being better in differing areas, but Bosnia and Herzegovina have the better quality in attack who can make the difference in such a close matchup.

2nd Place: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Edin Dzeko of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Manchester City
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2nd Place: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Edin Dzeko of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Manchester City
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Bosnia and Herzegovina will be looking towards the 'Bosnian Diamond', Edin Dzeko, as they attempt to progress to the second round. The Manchester City star has been on fire in the final third of the Premier League season, and that kind of form can see the Dragons advance from the group. There is a leaky defense to be concerned with but more quality in attack too with the classy Miralem Pjanic, as well as additional goals from Vedad Ibisevic.

1st Place: Argentina

Argentina captain Lionel Messi
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1st Place: Argentina

Argentina captain Lionel Messi
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Argentina are not just clear favorites to win this group but one of the favorites for the entire tournament too. Led by the best player on the planet, Lionel Messi, in addition to the tournament taking place on South American soil, Argentina will be a problem for any team to encounter. Messi will captain the Argentines, although whether he leads them all the way to the trophy, and not just out of this group, is the real question.

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