Perhaps the easiest group to call, world champions Germany will be very happy with this draw. Sweden and Mexico will probably go head to head for the second spot while South Korea themselves have very little expectations about their chances.
When Germany lost in the semi-finals of Euro 2016, many experts predicted that the dominance of the Germans was coming to an end. However, the team bounced back impressively and qualified for the World Cup with a perfect 10 wins out of 10 while scoring a joint European-record 43 goals. The German team also wrapped up the Confederations Cup without a host of big names in their squad quite comfortably indeed rather frighteningly for their rivals. With a host of new, talented players in the squad, Germany is looking to keep up their impressive record at World Cup over the years, and few would bet against them.
History- 4-time champions
Qualification Form- Winners of European Group C ahead of Northern Ireland.
Watch out for: Julian Draxler- The skillful winger having the ability to move inside and play behind the striker as well. Deadly when he is given the chance to cut inside and shoot.
A struggling qualifying campaign, an uninspiring attack, and a leaky defense. South Korea could well be the most out of form team going into the competition. Their fate depends on how their two-star players- Son Heung-min from Tottenham Hotspur and Ki Sung-Yueng from Swansea City performs but hopes back home are not very high.
Qualification Form- Second in Asian Group A behind Iran
Watch out for: Son Heung-min- The forward player from Tottenham had an excellent season and continuously troubled the Premier League defenses. Used as an impact substitute for Tottenham, Son is good with holding and shielding the ball, dribbling and scoring goals. But he needs support from his fellow players.
Mexico did superbly well in their qualifying campaign against other CONCACAF nations. But they look lost when playing against better opposition. At World Cup, they need to get their act together as there are no easy fixtures here and the aging squad may well be tested to its limits. If Mexico does start to get their act together, a relatively easy group means they can make it through to the last 16.
Qualification Form- Winners of CONCACAF round five ahead of Costa Rica and Panama
Watch out for: Hirving Lozano- The Mexican international, affectionately known as ‘Chucky’ in his homeland, had an excellent domestic season in the Dutch Eredivisie with PSV. If this skillful wide attacking player can replicate his domestic form for the national team in this World Cup, his stock will rise immensely after the tournament.
Extremely hardworking and disciplined; an apt way to describe the Sweden team who made it to the World Cup after an upset victory over Italy in the playoffs. That win signified everything that this Swedish team stands for- fight and grind and never give up. This may not be the most talented Swedish team in the history of the nation but is perhaps the most hard-working one.
Qualification Form- Second in European Group A behind France, then play-off win against Italy
Watch out for: Emil Forsberg- Fast, dynamic and extremely efficient in link-up play, Forsberg fits the Sweden team perfectly. The RB Leipzig star had an excellent season with the German club and a move to Juventus, Atletico Madrid or Arsenal is on the cards. Shows just how good a player he is.