World Cup 2022 FIFA World Cup - Group E - (Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan)

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The Group of death imo Japan and Costa Rica ain't gonna be pushovers and Germany ain't nowhere near as strong as they use to be. Spain well.. they can be anything, they can be total crap or they can go on and win the whole thing all depends which Spain turns up.

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Germany aren't where they have been, even Spain has had some issues.
They should qualify but Japan (we all know) are very technical, very tough.
Costa Rica are good but perhaps punching above their weight.
I'm going with Spain and Germany here, if only for the experience and theoretical quality factor, but Japan could prove a surprise. If either Spain or Germany lose their opening game, it will make the clash between them a tense, nervy match.
Spain squad

Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao), Robert Sanchez (Brighton), David Raya (Brentford).

Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Eric Garcia (Barcelona), Hugo Guillamon (Valencia), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Jose Gaya (Valencia).

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri Hernandez (Manchester City), Gavi (Barcelona), Carlos Soler (Paris St-Germain), Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid), Pedri Gonzalez (Barcelona), Koke Resurreccion (Atletico Madrid).

Forwards: Ferran Torres (Barcelona), Nico Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Yeremi Pino (Villarreal), Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Pablo Sarabia (Paris St Germain), Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Ansu Fati (Barcelona).

No Thiago. Morata still in the team though.

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Costa Rica World Cup squad

GoalkeeperEsteban AlvaradoHerediano (CRC)3324
GoalkeeperKeylor NavasPSG (FRA)35107
GoalkeeperPatrick SequeiraCD Lugo (SPA)232
DefenderFrancisco CalvoKonyaspor (TUR)3075
DefenderDaniel ChaconColorado Rapids (USA)218
DefenderOscar DuarteAl-Wehda (SAU)3370
DefenderKeysher FullerHerediano (CRC)2829
DefenderCarlos MartinezSan Carlos (CRC)235
DefenderRonaldo MatarritaFC Cincinnati (USA)2852
DefenderBryan OviedoReal Salt Lake (USA)3274
DefenderJuan Pablo VargasMillonarios (COL)2711
DefenderKendall WastonSaprissa (CRC)3461
MidfielderBrandon AguileraNott'm Forest (ENG)
Guanacasteca (CRC)
MidfielderJewison BennetteSunderland (ENG)187
MidfielderCelso BorgesAlajuelense (CRC)34154
MidfielderAnthony HernandezPuntarenas (CRC)212
MidfielderDouglas LopezHerediano (CRC)242
MidfielderBryan RuizAlajuelense (CRC)37144
MidfielderYoustin SalasSaprissa (CRC)263
MidfielderYeltsin TejedaHerediano (CRC)3073
MidfielderGerson TorresHerediano (CRC)2512
MidfielderRoan WilsonGrecia (CRC)202
MidfielderAlvaro ZamoraSaprissa (CRC)202
ForwardJoel CampbellClub Leon (MEX)30118
ForwardAnthony ContrerasHerediano (CRC)228
ForwardJohan VenegasAlajuelense (CRC)3380

Japan World Cup squad​

GoalkeeperEiji KawashimaStrasbourg (FRA)3995
GoalkeeperShuichi GondaShimizu S-Pulse (JPN)3333
GoalkeeperDaniel SchmidtSint-Truiden (BEL) 3011
DefenderYuto NagatomoTokyo (JPN)36137
DefenderMaya YoshidaSchalke (GER)34121
DefenderHiroki SakaiUrawa Red Diamonds (JPN) 3271
DefenderTakehiro TomiyasuArsenal (ENG)2329
DefenderMiki YamaneKawasaki Frontale (JPN)2814
DefenderShogo TaniguchiKawasaki Frontale (JPN)3113
DefenderKo ItakuraBorussia Monchengladbach (GER)2512
DefenderHiroki ItoStuttgart (GER)235
MidfielderGaku ShibasakiLeganes (SPA)3059
MidfielderWataru EndoStuttgart (GER)2943
MidfielderTakumi MinaminoMonaco (FRA)2743
MidfielderJunya ItoReims (FRA)2938
MidfielderRitsu DoanFreiburg (GER)2428
MidfielderDaichi KamadaEintracht Frankfurt (GER)2621
MidfielderTakefusa KuboReal Sociedad (SPA)2119
MidfielderHidemasa MoritaSporting (POR)2717
MidfielderAo TanakaFortuna Dusseldorf (GER)2414
MidfielderKaoru MitomaBrighton (ENG)259
MidfielderYuki SomaNagoya Grampus (JPN)257
ForwardTakuma AsanoBochum (GER)2736
ForwardAyase UedaClub Brugge (BEL)2410
ForwardDaizen MaedaCeltic (SCO)258
ForwardShuto MachinoShonan Bellmare (JPN)234

Germany World Cup squad​

GoalkeeperManuel NeuerBayern Munich (GER)36113
GoalkeeperMarc-Andre ter StegenBarcelona (SPA)3030
GoalkeeperKevin TrappEintracht Frankfurt (GER)326
DefenderArmel Bella-KotchapSouthampton (ENG)201
DefenderMattias GinterSC Freiburg (GER)2846
DefenderChristian GunterFreiburg (GER)296
DefenderThilo KehrerWest Ham (ENG)2622
DefenderLukas KlostermannRB Leipzig (GER)2618
DefenderDavid RaumRB Leipzig (GER)2411
DefenderAntonio RudigerReal Madrid (SPA)2954
DefenderNico SchlotterbeckBorussia Dortmund (GER)225
DefenderNiklas SuleBorussia Dortmund (GER)2742
MidfielderJulian BrandtBorussia Dortmund (GER)2638
MidfielderLeon GoretzkaBayern Munich (GER)4414
MidfielderIlkay GundoganManchester City (ENG)3162
MidfielderMario GotzeEintracht Frankfurt (GER)3063
MidfielderJonas HofmannB. Monchengladbach (GER)3016
MidfielderJoshua KimmichBayern Munich (GER)2770
MidfielderJamal MusialaBayern Munich (GER)1917
ForwardYoussoufa MoukokoBorussia Dortmund (GER)170
ForwardKarim AdeyemiBorussia Dortmund (GER)204
ForwardNiclas FullkrugWerder Bremen (GER)290
ForwardSerge GnabryBayern Munich (GER)2736
ForwardKai HavertzChelsea (ENG)2330
ForwardThomas MullerBayern Munich (GER)33118
ForwardLeroy SaneBayern Munich (GER)2647
Spain and Germany are obviously favourites to progress, butt Japan are a sneaky chance to progress. There is some talent in that squad. Kawashima is also still kicking on at 39.
It’s hard to beat the juggernauts, the beauty of soccer though is the unknown. A couple of mistakes can change a tournament so you never know I guess is your point. Hard to see anyone else getting through.

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