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World Cup 2014: Group of Death

Group G is clearly the "Group of Death". (©GettyImages)
Group G is clearly the "Group of Death". (©GettyImages).

Group G contains European heavy-weights Germany and Portugal; and the emerging footballing nations of U.S.A and Ghana. Group G is touted to be the "Group of death", with Germany's injury problems and Portugal's over-dependence on Ronaldo makes this group wide open.

Germany:

Germany are one of the favourites to win the World Cup in Brazil, given their domestic league's dominance in Europe and their abundance of young, up and coming talent.

One major issue that concerns the German National Team manager Joachim Low, is the injuries to the midfield duo of Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Sami Khedira is likely to miss-out with a ruptured Knee ligament but the Bayern Munich midfielder can make it to Brazil if he regains his fitness.

Germany have played with a "False Nine" in most of the matches this year, the lack of a lethal center forward could make things a bit difficult.

Germany may head to Brazil with an inexperienced squad but not one that lacks world class talent. Germany contains the talent that can light up Brazil, the likes of Mesut Ozil, Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan, Thomas Muller, to name a few. Can terrorize any defense.

Portugal:

Portugal team are often criticized for their over-dependence on the Ballon d'or nominee, but there is more to the team than the Real Madrid Hit-man.

With a stable midfield containing the likes of Miguel Veloso, Joao Moutinho, Raul Meireles, M. Fernandez to choose from and an effective defense makes Portugal a team to watch out for in Brazil.

If they can keep Cristiano Ronaldo fit and firing, the 2013 Ballon d'or nominee can spearhead the team to success.

U.S.A:

Under Jurgen Klinsmann, the United States have matured into World Cup naturals, they have started to become a threat in the coveted tournament.

The U.S. national team is currently ranked 14th after posting a record-long 12-game winning streak in 2013 amid World Cup qualifiers and international friendlies.

United States can pip Portugal to be the second team to qualify given they rise up to the occasion.

But whether they are ready for the "Group of Death", whether Jurgen Klinsmann can lead his young brigade to the knockout stages is yet to be seen.

Ghana:

One thing that most football fans will never do, is to write off the Ghanaian national team, they are touted to be the underdogs in this group.

The team has a powerful midfield line up containing the likes of Kevin-Prince Boateng, Kwado Asamoah, Sulley Muntari and Michael Essien. They also bolster a lethal and pacey strike force containing the likes of Ayew brothers, Chrustian Atsu and Asamoah Gyan.

The Ghanaian FA has set semi-finals as their goal. Kwesi Appiah, the head coach has his work cut out for him to qualify from the group let alone make it to the semi-finals. His biggest concerns heading to Brazil is the weak defensive line-up.

Germany maybe the only clear-cut favorites from this group, but football is a crazy game. No team can be written off or predicted to make it past the group stages. Everything depends on how they perform when it matters. With months to go, World Cup 2014 is already lighting up.

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