Group F is really a no brainer. Argentina should have no problem winning the group easily. If they don’t then some internal personnel changes will be forthcoming. Led by the great Leo Messi, Argentina can win the group. The second place finisher is completely up for grabs as Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iran, and Nigeria are all capable of collecting the points to advance. If I had to pick I would possibly end up in a coma, but I feel Bosnia can play best with Argentina and beat the other two teams. Nigeria always seems to draw Argentina in their group and because of that can never advance out of the group stages in previous world cups. The Nigerians have a good team that just needs a bit of discipline to get over the hump. Iran is a team that not many people, even professional analysts know too much about. They do play hard from start to end and that effort could possibly land them a place in the knockout stages.
Argentina: The Argentinians are candidates to winning the whole tournament. The setting in their home continent helps create a familiar playing environment for them. The legendary Diego Maradona helped to build Argentina into a soccer powerhouse and his reincarnation has finally arrived. Leonel Messi is the world’s best player. The fact that he has one the Ballon d’Or three times in the last four years is no surprise and is just a testament to Leo the Greats caliber. He is the best ball handler, the fastest player with the ball, and the deadliest striker period. Argentina will need Messi to just do him and they will make a great cup run. Very much overshadowed by Mr. Messi is Kun Aguero better known as Sergio Aguero. Aguero is also an elite striker in the world and for me one of the five best. The combo of Aguero and Messi is enough to win any tournament. The key for them is creating that chemistry. Aguero has speed, craftiness on the ball, and clinical finishing abilities. To make matters worse for the world Argentina also has the world’s best winger, Angel Di Maria. Simply put Di Maria is just a nasty boy. The thing this lad can do with a soccer ball is just phenomenal. The defense for Argentina is the question mark and will need to be strong if Argentina will win it all. Other notable players are Pablo Zabaleta playing right back, Javier Mascherano the elite ball winner playing holding midfield, Ezequiel Lavezzi creating mischief on the wing, and Ezequiel Garay organizing a sometimes suspect back four.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Bosnia has enough talent on their roster to make a run in the cup and go places in Brazil. This is the nation’s first ever World Cup so nerves will be there but Bosnia must overcome that and showcase their talent. Frontman Edin Dzeko is a top 10-15 rank striker in the world and will have to be scoring goals in bunches if Bosnia want to do well. Dzeko stands 6’4 tall and is a nightmare for defenders in the air. The unique thing about Dzeko is that he has very good foot work for a man that big and doesn’t waste his chances. Vedad Ibisevic is Dzeko’s running mate up top and is a quality forward that can string plays with his midfield and help Dzeko finish opportunities. Other notable players are goalie Asmir Begovic, and creative midfielder Zvjezdan Misimovic.
Iran: Iran is a relatively unknown team that primarily defends with all 10 field players then try to strike on the counter attack. They don’t really have individual stars but they are very much a collective unit of players that play well together. Ashkan Dejagah is that one bright light bulb in the batch. He is a brilliant footballer with tons of skills and would probably start for any other nation as well. The fact that he is on an unknown team hinders him from just a global perspective. Brazil will be a great stage for him to show off his talents.
Nigeria: Nigeria always leaves its fans and countrymen longing for more. They always have loads of talent but lack the discipline at crucial times to make that next leap as a footballing nation. The Nigerians would like Brazil to be a whole new beginning for them. For Nigeria, Victor Moses will have to be at his best. Moses has elite talent and can play anywhere in the attacking third. He prefers to play on the wing and run at defenders. He usually comes up with an array of flashy moves to beat the man in front of him. He is also a great goal scorer. The speedy and super talented Peter Odemwingie playing striker can change a soccer match at a moment’s notice. He is such a cool customer and very deceptive on the ball. Other notable players are strong playmaking midfielder John Obi Mikel, veteran defender Joseph Yobo, striker Emmanuel Emenike, and young up-and-comer Ahmed Musa. — BoSo