Players you need to Watch in Every Group of FIFA World Cup 2018

By | June 30, 2018

The FIFA world cup sees arguably the best players of the sports playing for their respective countries. This year the world cup will be hosted in Russia. 32 teams will be playing against each other for the big title. These teams have been divided into eight groups i.e. Group A, Group , Group C, Group D, Group E, Group F, Group G and Group H.

Players you need to Watch in Every Group of FIFA World Cup 2018

Players you need to Watch in Every Group of FIFA World Cup 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018 is here. Some of the best players of the tournament are Lionel Messi for Argentina, Christiano Ronaldo for Portugal, Raheem Sterling for England, Marcelo for Brazil and Toni Kroos for Germany. There are more players from other countries that are best in their team and you need to look forward to.

Let’s look at the best players of each group of the FIFA world cup:

Group A:

The following are the teams in this group:

  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Egypt
  • Uruguay


Igor Akinfeev, Russia

Igor Akinfeev

Country: Russia

Russia has been to the FIFA world cup 2008’s semifinals. However, the current team of Russia doesn’t look so strong. Igor Akinfeev is the only member of that 2008 world cup who is still playing and has a good from. Hence, he might be the best player of this side who can push the chances of getting more wins for the team.


Mohammed Al-Sahlawi, Saudi Arabia

Mohammed Al-Sahlawi

Country: Saudi Arabia

Al-Sahlawi is a promising player from the gulf country Saudi Arabia. He has scored a whopping 16 goals in the world cup qualifiers. Robert Lewandowski was the only other player who made this record. Saudi’s other players are not in a form and don’t have much international exposure. Hence, Al-Sahlawi could be a key player for this side if he continues his current form.


Mohamed Salah, Saudi Arabia

Mohamed Salah

Country: Egypt

Mohemed Salah is an Egyptian player with a great potential who plays for the Liverpool club. Egypt is qualified to the FIFA world cup 2018 after a long gap of 28 years thanks to Mohamed Salah who scored 2 very important goals in the world cup qualifying match against Congo and helped Egypt win the match. He is the first African player who won the FWA award. He had great season with Liverpool.


Edinson Cavani, Uruguay

Edinson Cavani

Country: Uruguay

Edison Cavani is another player you need to watch out for in the upcoming FIFA world cup. He is currently having a very consistent form in the game which is a good new for Uruguay. The team will depend on him and Suárez to unlock the defense of Russia in the upcoming worldcup.


Group B:

The following are the teams in this group:

  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Morroco
  • IR Iran


Sardar Azmoun, Iran

Sardar Azmoun

Country: Iran

Sardar Azmoun is one the best that Iran football’s team has to offer and the one we need to watch out. Sardar Azmoun has great dribbling skills and troubles the opponent’s defense very easily. He can take a shot at the goal from quite a distance. His football skills and consistent performance has even got Liverpool spotting him as a footballer with potential. Some other players that Iran has are Karim Ansarifard, Reza Ghoochannejhad and Alireza Jahanbakhsh who would complement Sardar’s play.


Hakim Ziyech, Morocco

Hakim Ziyech

Country: Morocco

Morocco is going to play the world cup after a huge gap of 20 years. Hakim Ziyech should be credited the most for this qualification. Hakim Ziyech was named as the Ajax player of the year which is huge deal. He has a great balance and touch which enables him to pass through the defenders on the football field very easily. Hakim Ziyech’s passng range is great so are his skills with the dead ball.


Isco, Spain


Country: Spain

Isco is considered as the best replacement for the legendary midfielder of Spain Iniesta. Iniesta has made an announcement that this would be his last world cup for Spain. Isco has already gained popularity as an attacking midfielder. He has displayed his smooth dribbling skills various times in the past. He is also able to turn the pace in way that no other Spanish player can. He is making his team’s midfield very strong and this would just be a start. FIFA world cup 2018 will the right stage for him to break out into his full potential.


Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo

Country: Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo needs no introduction. He is a living legend of the football world who has proved himself time and again on the field. He is also going to be the most important player for the Portugal team. Fans have a lot of expectations from this striker to break all record in the upcoming FIFA 2018 world cup in Russia.


Group C:

The following are the teams in this group:

  • France
  • Australia
  • Peru
  • Denmark

Antoine Griezmann_France

Antoine Griezmann

Country: France

Antoine Griezmann would be one of the forwards that France will bank on for scoring its goals. He was also the top scorer in the Euro 2016. This man has a great dribbling abilities and pace to give the opponent team a run for its money. Antoine is a young but very talented players that fans of France football team are looking forward to see perform in the FIFA world cup 2018.


Mile Jedinak, Australia

Mile Jedinak

Country: Australia

Mile Jedinak is a midfielder from Australia who scored a hat-trick against Honduras in the qualifiers for the FIFA world cup 2018. He is a very talented midfielder that can restrict the pace of the game. He is going make the Australian team strong in the midfield section. His set-piece ability is impeccable too. He is arguably one of the best players in the Australian world cup football team.


Paolo Guerrero, Peru

Paolo Guerrero

Country: Peru

This promising football player from Peru is ready to shine in the world cup 2018 which is the first world cup Peru is playing since 1982. Paolo Guerrero is also the captain of the side and a very strong one too. He is major goal scorer for Peru. His set-piece taking ability can be a make or break for Peru team. His partnership with Farfán might be a great asset for Peru team.


Christian Eriksen, Denmark

Christian Eriksen

Country: Denmark

Christian Eriksen is one of the biggest reasons for Denmark’s qualification to the FIFA World Cup 2018. They were the last team to qualify to the FIFA world cup 2018 from Europe. This is Denmark’s fifth appearance in a football world cup and Eriksen had to sweat it out to secure a spot in the tournament for his team. The hat-trick goals he scored against Ireland in the qualifier did the job for him and his team.


Group D:

The following are the teams in this group:

  • Argentina
  • Iceland
  • Croatia
  • Nigeria


Lionel Messi, Argentina

Lionel Messi

Country: Argentina

Probably one of the best players in the history of the sports to have graced game, Messi’s reputation precedes him. He is one the strongest weapons Argentina have in its bag. He has an amazing record as a striker for his country. Argentina has lost final games of three major tournaments recently. This would be the motivation enough for this fabulous player to push his and his limits to  give the best in this tournament.


Gylfi Sigurðsson, Iceland

Gylfi Sigurðsson

Country: Iceland

Iceland is the smallest country to ever play in the world cup. FIFA world cup 2018 will mark their first ever appearance in the football world cup. Gylfi Sigurðsson was the major reason for this joy for Iceland. He has scored the most number of goals for the team in the qualifying campaign and bought his team a ticket to Russia. He is at ease on field and can shoot a ball with both his strong and weak foot. His dead ball skills are something to watch out for.


Ivan Perišić, Croatia

Ivan Perišić

Country: Croatia

Croatia didn’t have a great run in the last three world cup tournaments where they were restricted to the group stage matches in the 2002,06 and 14 world cup tournaments. However, Ivan Perišić could be a ray of hope for this team who can change the results for the country drastically. This winger who plays from the left of the midfield for Croatia has great range of passing and play making ability with both his left and right feet.


Kelechi Iheanacho, Nigeria

Kelechi Iheanacho

Country: Nigeria

Kelechi Iheanacho is one the important players for Nigerian team who didn’t face a loss in the whole qualification campaign. He may not have had a great debut season at Leicester. However, Kelechi Iheanacho would be looking to get back in form at 2018 FIFA world cup.


Group E:

The following are the teams in this group:

  • Brazil
  • Switzerland
  • Costa Rica
  • Serbia


Nemanja Matić, Serbia

Nemanja Matić

Country: Serbia

This year’s tournament is Serbia’s second appearance in the world after its near miss to qualify for the world cup in the last edition in 2014. Nemanja Matić is the midfielder who really talented and has the onus of the team on his shoulders. His shots are really powerful who has a strong demeanor. He stands tall in the midfield for his team. He has a great coordination with his team’s defenders Branislav Ivanović and Aleksandar Kolarov.  So does he with the forwards of team.


Keylor Navas, Costa Rica

Keylor Navas

Country: Costa Rica

Keylor Navas has been playing for the Real Madrid club from past four years and been part of the two champions league winning teams. This is the fifth world cup appearance for the Costa Rica in the football world cup tournament. The last time they made an appearance they gave an astonishing performance by winning in the group which had football legendary teams such as Italy, England and Uruguay.


Granit Xhaka - Switzerland.

Granit Xhaka

Country: Switzerland

The control of Switzerland’s midfield will be taken over by Granit Xhaka. He did have a bit of issues regarding his poor tackling skills in the last season. He was also criticized for not so impressive decision making skills in the last season. However, he bounced back in this season while playing for Arsenal and showed off his technical football skills. He will be one of the most important players for Switzerland in the midfield for them to face teams like Brazil.


Marcelo, Brazil


Country: Brazil

Marcel very famously wrote “one final mission” of his is to win a world cup for Brazil. With his football skills and talent he might make this dream come true. Marcelo is a world class full-back and he is one of the best at it. He is great with both attacking and defensive football skills.  He is one of the best strikers Brazil has got. Hence, watch out for this guy in the upcoming FIFA world cup.

Group F:

The following are the teams in this group:

  • Germany
  • Mexico
  • Sweden
  • Korea Republic


Toni Kroos - Germany.

Toni Kroos

Country: Germany

Germany is the crowd favorites to win the world cup this year. This country has some great players in its team. Toni Kroos, the talented midfielder, is definitely one of those great players of Germany that people need to look forward to. This midfielder is possibly the best out in the field in this edition of worl cup, Castrol Performance Index which is a statistical analyzer had rated Toni Kroos to be the best player of the last world cup with 9.79/10 where Germany won the world cup.


Hirving Lozano, Mexico

Hirving Lozano

Country: Mexico

Hirving Lozano is the leading winger from Mexico. Mexican fans have lots of hopes on Hirving to perform. He had a great in this season at PSV Eindhoven. This was a great thing because of it was his debut season in Europe. Lozano has an amazing pace that can jeopardize the opponent’s defense. His style of playing football has brought him into spotlight. He is going to be one of the key players for Mexico.


Emil Forsberg, Sweden

Emil Forsberg

Country: Sweden

Zlatan was one of the major players of the Sweden football team. However, he is retired now and the one person is Emil Forsberg who can step into his shoes to support the Swedish soccer team in the world cup of 2018. Emil Forsberg is winger who is going to make a great difference especially in very tight matches. Forsberg can strike a dead ball really well.


Son Heung-Min, Korea Republic

Son Heung-Min

Country: Korea Republic

Son Heung-Min is arguably best Asian player currently in the sport today. He is sure going to be an important player for the South Korean football team in the upcoming FIFA world cup 2018. He is a winger and has an ability to score goals for his team. He has consistently proved himself in the national squad from some time now. However, Son Heung-Min still is needs to impress at an international tournament.


Group G:

The following are the teams in this group:

  • Belgium
  • Panama
  • Tunisia
  • England


Raheem Sterling, England

Raheem Sterling

Country: England

Raheem Sterling is very well-known for his balance in the game. In recent years, he has completely transformed his entire game and redefined his moves. This will definitely benefit the England’s team play in the FIFA 2018 world cup. Sterling can turn the game around in favor of England under the captaincy of Harry Kane. This time England has a very young and energetic team. However, they have been facing issues with their performance.


Wahbi Khazri, Tunisia

Wahbi Khazri

Country: Tunisia

Youssef Msakni was the key player and star perfomer of Tunisia. However, he didn’t get a place in the world cup squad of 2016 as he had a knee ligament injury. Hence, there is a lot riding on the capable shoulders of Wahbi Khazri. His dribbling skills are something to look forward to. He has good goal scoring ability too.


Édgar Joel Bárcenas, Panama

Édgar Joel Bárcenas

Country: Panama

Panama created a history by getting qualified to the FIFA world cup for the first ever time. The major concern of Panama team is that it has many aging players. Édgar Joel Bárcenas is a young player with a lot of potential. He will bring the pace of the games up for the Panama team which has many experienced players on its side.


Kevin De Bruyne, Belgium

Kevin De Bruyne

Country: Belgium

Apart from Belgium, Kevin De Bruyne also plays for the Manchester City club. He had a great run at Premier League for Manchester City. He was even declared the Premier League Playmaker of the Year. He is one of the most powerful weapons of Belgium world cup football team. His passing and shooting skills are unmatchable. His creativity and energy will be a big plus for the Belgium football team.


Group H:

The following are the teams in this group:

  • Poland
  • Senegal
  • Colombia
  • Japan


Robert Lewandowski, Poland

Robert Lewandowski

Country: Poland

Robert Lewandowski is arguably the best player Poland has got. He is one of the highest goal scorers of Poland in the history of their country’s football. Lewandowski has a formidable strength and an eye for the goal. Poland would be highly dependent on him to score as many goals for them as possible. Apart from being the top goal scorer, he is also a captain of Poland’s world cup team. He is going to lead from the front.


Sadio Mané, Senegal

Sadio Mané

Country: Senegal

Sadio Mane is a young Senegal football player who is strong and has great attacking skills. Senegal has a great blend of youth strong players and experienced players. Sadio also plays as a forward for Liverpool when he is not representing his country. He is the best from Senegal’s side to score goals. Senegal’s performance might be dependent on him.


James Rodriguez - Colombia.

James Rodriguez

Country: Colombia

James Rodriguez is a key player of Colombia who has shown a great consistency in his performance in the past few years. Rodriguez was the best player from Colombia’s side in the World cup 2014.He is great with passing and shooting at the games. He is a wonderful mid-fielder. However, he can also be used by Colombia as a winger.  He is going to be a game changer for Colombia in this world cup.


Shinji Kagawa,Japan

Shinji Kagawa

Country: Japan

Japan is one of the strongest Asian teams in the tournament and Shinji Kagawa is the strongest player in the Japanese football team.  He has a great vision and the best in the team. He is a midfielder for Japan. He has very attacking way of playing game. He can be a major advantage for Japanese team.

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