World Cup Preview: Group G

USA face an uphill battle if they are to make the latter stages of the tournament

The Colorado Rapids sales and service staff put together previews of each World Cup group, and we will be running their perspective and predictions on the day that each group opens play. Today is Group G, written by Account Executive Morgan Wurzburger.

Germany: As one of the top teams at the World Cup, Germany is the favorite to win Group G. Every position is filled with world class talent – highlighted by Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Neuer, and 2010 World Cup Golden Boot Winner Thomas Muller. Even without midfield force Marco Reus, out due to injury, nobody would be surprised to see Germany take all nine points from the group.

United States: While the USA won its group in 2010, the goal in this tournament’s Group of Death is just to make it into the knockout phase. Bradley, Dempsey, Beasley, and Howard all have the experience that is needed for a successful World Cup run, but they will need some of the younger and lesser-known players to step up if they want to make it deep into the knockout stage.

Portugal: Portugal’s chances in this edition of the World Cup could depend on the health of one Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been battling multiple injuries recently. As perhaps the greatest player in the world, his country’s success could depend on him – but the same thing was said in 2010 when Portugal got shut out twice in the group stage. Currently ranked third in the world by FIFA, Portugal falling short of the knockout stage would be one of the biggest upsets of the tournament.

Ghana: Led by Asamoah Gyan, Ghana is looking to build on their quarterfinal run during the 2010 World Cup. Ghana has plenty of experience with their opponents from Group G, having defeated the USA at the past two World Cups and losing to Germany in 2010. However, placement into this year’s Group of Death could mean the end of their recent World Cup success.

PREDICTED FINISH:

  1. Germany
  2. United States
  3. Portugal
  4. Ghana