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

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(Last Updated On: May 11, 2014)

FIFA World Cup 2014: Group D

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

Teams:

Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy

Uruguay

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11 FIFA World Cup Appearances

2 times Champions

6th in Current FIFA Rankings

Coach: Oscar Washington Tabarez

Players to watch out for: Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Diego Lugano, Fernando Muslera

Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Uruguay finished fourth in the last world cup and a year later they won Copa America as well but they could won only 2 points out of their first possible 18 points from the South American qualifying rounds. But they got their act to gather right on time and finished fifth and played in the intercontinental play-offs and won against Jordan by 5-0 and then a goal less draw at home made sure that they are going to Brazil.

Costa Rica

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3 FIFA World Cup Appearances

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

34th  in Current FIFA Rankings

Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto

Players to watch out for: Bryan Ruiz, Alvaro Saborio, Cristian Bolanos, Keilor Navas, Joel Campbell

Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Playing in the COCACAF group, Costa Rica’s fortune changed after Luis Pinto joined the team as their coach. They were just behind the Mexico who were the toppers of the group. In the next six-team phase, they sealed their birth to Brazil with two games to spare and finished second behind USA. In the final phase Costa Rica won all their 5 games and conceded only 7 goals overall.

England

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13 FIFA World Cup Appearances

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1 times Champions

11th in Current FIFA Rankings

Coach: Roy Hodgson  

Players to watch out for: Wayne Rooney, Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andros Townsend, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge

Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

England is the top finishers of the European Group H and hence they have qualified for the Brazil. But the road was not as smooth as it appears. They had two draws against Ukraine away and made their position in bit of trouble, but win against Poland finally booked their tickets to Brazil.

Italy

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17 FIFA World Cup Appearances

4 times Champions – 1934 (Italy), 1938 (France), 1982 (Spain) and 2006 (Germany)

9th in Current FIFA Rankings

Coach: Cesare Prandelli 

Players to watch out for: Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo, Andrea Ranocchia, Marco Verratti, Stephan El Shaarawy, Giuseppe Rossi, Mario Balotelli, Pablo Osvaldo.

Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Unlike in the past where Italy always used to struggle to qualify, but then raise their performance to qualify at the last moment, this time Italy qualified for the Brazil very comfortably despite having Denmark and Czech Republic in their group.

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