Sunday, December 8, 2013

WORLD CUP 2014: Which Asian Team is the Strongest?

It's out already. Everyone now knows the result of the 2014 WORLD CUP draw. Brazil as the host will be in Group A, while defending champion Spain is in group B. And to be honest, I already supported Spain even though they lost the first game to Switzerland in their opening match by 1-0. At last, my support was really NO REGRETS as they eventually had won the cup! Next year, I wish they will not win again. HAHA. But for now, let's focus on Asian team first. 4 teams from respective qualification group are further highlighted their potential in the competition as below:

 
1 - IRAN


Current World Ranking (Dec 2013)  :  45th
No. of World Cup played                   :  3 times (1978, 1998, 2006)
Highest Achievement                        :  Round 1 (1978)
Worst Achievement                           :  Round 1 (2006)

Key Players: 
Andranik Teymourian (30 years old / Esteghlal / Midfielder)
Javad Nekounam (33 years old / Esteghlal/ Midfielder)
Khosro Heydari (30 years old / Esteghlal / Defender)
Mohammad Hosseini (34 years old / Malavan / Defender)
Mehdi Rahmati (30 years old / Esteghlal / Goalkeeper)

2 - SOUTH KOREA


Current World Ranking (Dec 2013)  :  54th
No. of World Cup played                   :  8 times (1954, 1986, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)
Highest Achievement                        :  Semi Final (2002)
Worst Achievement                           :  Group Stage (1998)

Key Players: 
Park Chu Young (28 years old / Celta Vigo / Striker)
Lee Keun Hoo (28 years old / Sangju Sagmu / Striker)
Koo Ja Cheol (24 years old / VFL Wolfsburg / Midfielder)
Kwak Tae Hwi (32 years old / Al Shabab / Defender)
Jung Sung Ryong (28 years old / Suwon Bluewings / Goalkeeper)

 
1 -JAPAN


Current World Ranking (Dec 2013)  :  48th
No. of World Cup played                   :  4 times (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010)
Highest Achievement                        :  Round of 16 (2002, 2010)
Worst Achievement                           :  Group Stage (1998)

Key Players: 
Keisuke Honda (27 years old / CSKA Moscow / Striker)
Shinji Okazaki (27 years old / FSV Mainz / Midfielder)
Shinji Kagawa (24 years old / Manchester United / Midfielder)
Yasuhito Endo (33 years old / Gamba Osaka / Midfielder)
Eiji Kawashima (30 years old / Standard Liege / Goalkeeper)
  
2 - AUSTRALIA


Current World Ranking (Dec 2013)  :  59th
No. of World Cup played                   :  3 times (1974, 2006, 2010)
Highest Achievement                        :  Round of 16 (2006)
Worst Achievement                           :  Group Stage (2010)

Key Players  : 
Brett Holman (29 years old / Al Nasr / Striker)
Joshua Kennedy (31 years old / Nagoya Grampus / Striker)
Lucas Neill (35 years old / Omiya Ordija / Defender)
Matt McKay (30 years old / Brisbane Roar / Defender)
Luke Wilkshire (32 years old / Dynamo Moskow / Defender)

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