Your Quick Guide To Group C Teams of the FIFA World Cup 2014

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(Last Updated On: May 8, 2014)

FIFA World Cup 2014: Group C

Your Quick Guide To Group C Teams of the FIFA World Cup 2014

Teams:

Columbia, Greece, Cote D’ Ivoire, Japan

Columbia

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4 FIFA World Cup Appearances

0 times Champions – Best performance: Round of 16 in 1990 (Italy)

4th in Current FIFA Rankings

Coach: Jose Pekerman

Players to watch out for: Falcao, Porto, Mario Yepes, Luis Perea, James Rodriguez, Teo Gutierrez

Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Started off very well by winning four points from the first two games itself. Then they lost to Argentina and the coach was replaced. That made all the deference and Columbia then won five games out of their next six which almost made their entry in Brazil certain. They finished in the second place overall which is their best after the introduction of the current qualification system by FIFA

Greece

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2 FIFA World Cup Appearances

0 times Champions – Best performance: Group stages in 1994 (USA) and in 2010 (South Africa)

10th in Current FIFA Rankings

Coach: Fernando Santos

Players to watch out for: Giorgos Karagounis, Dimitrios Salpingidis, Mitroglou, Theofanis Gekas, Giorgos Samaras.

Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

It has been an excellent campaign for Greece this time as they raised 25 points their 10 games and would have almost fixed their place in the finals. But then they lost to Bosnia-Herzegovina on goal difference. The next five of their eight victories came by 1-0 score lines. In the playoffs, they defeated Romania both at home and away and sealed their place for Brazil 2004.

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Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

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2 FIFA World Cup Appearances

0 times Champions – Best performance: Group stages 2006 (Germany) and 2010 (South Africa)

21st  in Current FIFA Rankings

Coach: Sabri Lamouchi

Players to watch out for: Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Didier Zokora, Yaya Toure, Gervinho, Emmanuel Eboue, Kolo Toure

Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Cote D’Ivoire won four games from their first six and conceded only five goals and scored 15. Then two draws against their bete noir Morocco are the real blemish on their qualifications. The most important game against Senegal was almost lost and Senegal was ready to secure their place for the Brazil on aggregate, but at a last moment goal by Salomon Kalou made all the difference.

Japan

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4 FIFA World Cup Appearances

0 times Champions

47th in Current FIFA Rankings

Coach: Alberto Zaccheroni

Players to watch out for: Keisuke Honda, Hidetoshi Nakata, Shunsuke Nakamura, Shinji Kagawa, Shinji Okazaki, Yasuhito Endo, Atsuto Uchida

Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

The Japanese had a very slow progress to their qualifying rounds. They first lost to Uzbekistan and then to the Korea DPR but then they progressed to the fourth round. Victories against Oman by 3-0 and Jordan by 6-0 made their qualifying round going and then they drew against Australia by 1-1 and Oman and Iraq’s losses helped them to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Finals for the 5th Successive time.

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