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Our World Cup preview series continues.

Group F consists of countries who are blessed with accomplished players and vast experience.

World Cup 2014: Group F previewArgentina

Group F ArgentinaArgentina enter Group F as strong favourites and they’re tipped by many to achieve success at football’s most prestigious competition.

The two-time World Cup winners qualified with ease, apart from the occasional hiccup – for example a draw versus Bolivia.

An impressive 4-0 victory against Uruguay is highlighted as their most impressive triumph during qualifying.

Without a doubt it is Argentina’s front four which is their most valuable weapon, Angel di Maria, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain could walk into almost every team on the planet. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has score a staggering 20 goals in his previous 21 games for his country.

Player to watch

Angel di Maria’s talent and great work-ethic has earned him a regular place at Real Madrid. The Argentine has had a sensational season, the best so far in his football career.
Argentina player to watch Angel di MariaMadrid’s attacking midfielder has scored eleven goals and has a total of twenty-six assists to his name. A remarkable stat that would fill manager, Alejandro Sabella with confidence. Di Maria will be hoping that he can form a productive partnership with Messi in Brazil!

Where will Argentina finish in Group F? 1st

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Group F Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia are the only debutants at the World Cup this year, however they are tipped by many bookmakers to reach the last 16 of the tournament.

Their attacking quality was evident during the qualifying stages as Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic formed a lethal strike partnership.

The pair managed a very impressive total of thirty goals, eighteen of those credited to Dzeko.

Bosnia and Herzegovina fans will be hoping that this attacking threat and the cavalier tactics implemented by coach Safet Susic will see them progress.

Player to watch

Statistically this season has been Edin Dzeko’s best in the Sky Blue of Manchester City. The 28-year-old has scored 26 goals this campaign in 46 appearances, averaging just under a goal every two games.
Bosnia and Herzegovina player to watch Edin DzekoThe Bosnian also has a fantastic international record scoring 35 goals in 61 caps. He is renowned for his physical presence, which is unsurprising when considering Dzeko’s 6ft 4in frame and also for his ability to strike the ball with power.

Where will Bosnia finish in Group F? 2nd

Nigeria

Group F NigeriaNigeria supporters experienced great disappointment with their failure to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations.

However the arrival of Stephen Keshi has transformed the Super Eagles’ performances and results.

Alongside the Ivory Coast, Nigeria remained unbeaten during the qualification stage, progressing to the World Cup following a 4-1 play-off victory against Ethiopia.

Inconsistency is the best way to describe Nigeria’s World Cup history. In 1994 and 1998 the Super Eagles managed to reach the last 16. Yet in 2002 and 2010 they were not able to progress from their group.

Steven Keshi will be hoping for a vast improvement on their last two World Cup campaigns.

Player to watch

John Obi Mikel is a defensive midfielder highly regarded for his consistent performances, his solid tackling and his discipline. Whilst Chelsea fans would be accustomed to watching Mikel play in deep positions, Nigeria supporters have seen Mikel operate in a more attacking role.
Nigeria player to watch John Obi MikelThis season has been a personal triumph for Mikel goalscoring wise, after breaking his seven year goal drought. Without a doubt his experience will be a vital asset for Nigeria in their attempt to progress from Group F.

Where will Nigeria finish in Group F? 3rd

Iran

Group F IranIran enter the World Cup with a decent defensive record from the qualifiers conceding only two goals in eight games, however they will be more than aware of the magnitude of the challenge that lies ahead.

Iran’s chances of a respectable finish have been bolstered by the appointment of former Portugal manager Carlos Queiroz, who has plenty of experience – including two spells as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant at Manchester United.

Player to watch

Ashkan Dejagah enters the World Cup as one of Iran’s most creative players. Dejagah has experience of playing in the Premier League and the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg and Fulham respectively.
Iran player to watch Ashkan DejagahThe Iranian has scored 6 goals for Fulham this season, and has the potential to be Iran’s most influential player.

Where will Iran finish in Group F? 4th

More World Cup 2014 Group Previews:
Group A .. Group B .. Group C .. Group D .. Group E .. Group G .. Group H

Post written by Llion Carbis
Blog: thatfootyblog.wordpress.com, Twitter: @carbislli

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