World Cup Tactics : Chapter 2

WRITTEN BY ALEX STEWART PRODUCED BY TIFO STUDIOS

Iran qualified from the AFC third round unbeaten, topping a tough group including South Korea and Syria. Sardar Azmoun, the Rubin Kazan striker, scored 11 goals in AFC qualifying. This will be Iran’s fifth World Cup appearance, following their debut in 1978, and their first back to back.

Portugal breezed through UEFA qualification, losing only their first away game against Switzerland. Cristiano Ronaldo scored two hat-tricks on his way to 15 goals, while A.C. Milan’s Andre Silva bagged nine.

Morocco will be appearing at their fifth tournament, and their first since 1998, when they went out in the group stage despite only losing to Brazil. To get to Russia 2018, Morocco topped a very difficult group without conceding, seeing off the Ivory Coast and Gabon. Khalid Boutail netted four in the group stage, including a hat-trick at home to Gabon.

Julen Lopetegui steered his Spain side through qualifying without a hitch, which is hardly a surprise given that Spain have qualified for every major tournament since Euro ’96 without defeat. Spain had four players score five in qualification, including Alvaro Morata who did not make the cut. Many of the Golden Generation who won back-to-back European Championships, and the World Cup in 2010, are still present: Andres Iniesta, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, and Sergio Busquets started in 2010 and will likely start in Russia.

Series: World Cup Tactics

World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group A World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group B World Cup | Tactical Preview | Spain World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group C World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group D World Cup | Tactical Preview | France World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group E World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group F World Cup | Tactics Explained | England’s 3-5-2 World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group G World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group H World Cup | Tactical Preview | Germany World Cup | Tactics Explained | Belgium’s 3-4-2-1 World Cup | Tactics Explained | Why Is Kyle Walker Playing Centre Back World Cup | Tactics Explained | How Portugal Maximise Cristiano Ronaldo’s Influence World Cup | Tactics Explained | Where Should Messi Play For Argentina World Cup | Tactics Explained | Why Iceland Are Better Than You Think World Cup | Tactics Explained | How Did Mexico Beat Germany World Cup | Tactics Explained | Aliou Cisse’s Senegal World Cup | Tactics Explained | How Serbia Can Beat Brazil World Cup | Tactics Explained | Why England Should Beat Belgium World Cup | Tactics Explained | Croatia’s Luka Modric & Ivan Rakatic World Cup | Tactics Explained | Japan’s Inventive 4-2-3-1 World Cup | Tactics Explained | How Switzerland Progressed World Cup | Tactics Explained | The Critics Were Wrong About Russia World Cup | Tactics Explained | How Colombia Could Stop England World Cup | Tactics Explained | Uruguay’s Effective Tactics World Cup | Tactics Explained | What Happened to Two-Man Striker Teams World Cup | Tactical Profile | Kylian Mbappé’s Brilliance World Cup | Tactics Explained | Sweden’s Weaknesses World Cup | Tactics Explained | Raheem Sterling Is Better Than You Think World Cup | Semi-Final Preview | France v Belgium World Cup | Semi-Final Preview | How Can England Beat Croatia World Cup | Final Preview | Croatia v France World Cup | Team Of The Tournament | Russia 2018 World Cup | Final Review | France v Croatia
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