Important Question Costa Rica’s draw in the group stage draws is a sign that few people expect it to repeat its 2014 heroics, which saw it within a penalty shootout. the semifinals. After all, its group that year was much harder than it appeared on paper: England and Italy. Costa Rica should be more ambitious this time.

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Pedigree It is an interest of curiosity. the Draw that Germany should be in a group alongside Spain the Parallels between the two. Germany followed Spain’s lead and won the second round. the World Cup, 2014 with a scarring exit from the group stage four years later. Germany responded like Spain by naming a squad that was made up of young talent.

The Missing Germany’s unassuming, popular coach, Hansi Flick may, in his most gloomy moments, reflect on how his resources have been reduced by injury more than many. Although it’s a loss, Florian Wirtz, Marco Reus, and Timo Werner are all a tragedy, it is also a chance. for the Karim Adeyemi & Youssoufa Muukoko like this. the Borussia Dortmund striker turns 18 this month

Important Question It is clear that Germany is stuck between two generations. the one represented by Thomas Müller, now well into his 30s, and the One represented by his heir for Jamal Musiala is the country and club representative. Flick’s task is to build a team that can accentuate the The best of both.

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Ambition Japan has qualified for Everywhere World Cup since 1998. Usually, it alternates between elimination and the Group phase and exit the round of 16. Hajime Mriyasu, the coach, has a strong enough squad to see. the This is a realistic goal, but it’s not easy to meet up with Spain and Germany.

Experience The vast majority of Moriyasu’s squad now plays in Europe: There are only seven representatives of J League clubs among his selected 26, and two of them have only recently returned home. This, at least in theory, may be true the Japan’s strongest, most experienced team has ever been to an international tournament. World Cup.

Important Question If there is one flaw in Moriyasu’s squad, it is up front. Japan has no shortage of creative players — Takumi Minamino, Junya Ito, Takefusa Kubo, Daichi Kamada — but finding a reliable source of goals has been a problem for Some time. It is not showing any signs of improvement.