World Cup Tactics : Chapter 8

WRITTEN BY ALEX STEWART PRODUCTED BY TIFO STUDIOS

Champions Germany qualified with a head of steam, winning every game and finishing with a plus 39 goal difference. They were the sole side in UEFA qualification who won every game, and had the best goal difference; Thomas Muller and Sandro Wagner, who is not in Germany’s 23, led the scoring with five each, while four others, including Timo Werner, netted three.

South Korea marched through their first phase of AFC qualifying, going unbeaten in their group, but then finished second to a very capable Iran team in the third round of qualifying, scoring 11 but conceding 10. South Korea had three 0-0 draws and none of their games were decided by more than one goal in the third round. Spurs’ Son Heung-Min top-scored for South Korea with seven.

Mexico took CONCACAF qualification at a canter under the feisty and unpredictable Juan Carlos Osorio, topping their fourth round and fifth round groups and losing only once in 16 games. PSV’s Hirving Lozano top-scored for Mexico with four goals.

Sweden achieved qualification in the face of serious challenges: first they lost Zlatan, then they came second in a group featuring France and the Netherlands, and finally they overcame Italy in the play-offs. Janne Andersson’s team is well-organised and possessing a great team spirit, despite, or perhaps because of, a lack of superstars.

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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