Korea in Group F with Germany, Mexico, Sweden for Russia World Cup

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2017

"We inherited it. Thanks for that", Morocco coach Herve Renard said. "Portugal have to accept that we are one of the favourites but if you look in a bit more detail, you can see it's very hard".

Group F is the arguable group of death, made up of reigning World Champions Germany, Mexico, South Korea and Italy's conquerors, Sweden. "That's what I like best, when we know what to expect".

Neymar's Brazil meanwhile will have to negotiate a group which has Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia as they seek a sixth title. We start out in Sochi, very near Krasnodar, which Julen Lopetegui has selected as the team's base, meaning travel to the game the day before. "Despite the (travel) distances, there are quick way to get there".

Croatia, debutants Iceland, and Nigeria will all fancy their chances of joining favourites Argentina in the knockout phase from Group D. It is the fifth time Nigeria have been grouped with Argentina in their six World Cups.

"For me, it's a very special group, because Portugal is my country and I was fortunate to train Real Madrid, so I have a good knowledge of Spanish football".

Another newcomer, Panama, will take on England, Tunisia and Belgium in Group G.

"They are something other than just Cristiano", Lopetegui said. Egypt will be spearheaded by Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah while Saudi Arabia will make their first return to the World Cup since 2006. The only player that they have that is worth watching is Tottenham's Heung-Min Son. "What interests us is to play a great game and be able to beat them". That brings that understanding.

France and their potent strikeforce featuring Antoine Griezmann and teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe will play Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C.

Group H, the only group not to include a former World Cup victor, features world No 7 Poland, Colombia, along with Senegal and Asian giants Japan.

Defending World Cup and 2017 Confederations Cup champions Germany drew Mexico, European playoff winners Sweden and South Korea in a tough Group F.

But we can feel well treated by the draw, although not as much so as Russian Federation. "They are going to demand the best of us".

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