WORLD CUP 2014: Group G confirmed runners, riders & predictions

In our analysis of some of the biggest competing countries in this summer’s world cup, we have focused mainly on those in the top 10 of the current FIFA World rankings. However as we are now less than 24 hours away from the start of the biggest tournament in world football, treat this as your full list and reference point for the 23 man squads for every single country playing in this summer’s competition. Alongside the squad listing, @93elby will also be posting his star man, his hot prospect, his dark horse and where he thinks each team will finish this summer.

Now it’s time to have a close look at Group G.

GROUP G SQUADS IN FULL

Germany:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria).

Midfielders: Julian Draxler (Schalke), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich).

Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).

STAR MAN: Thomas Muller
Winner of the young player of the tournament in South Africa as well as joint top goalscorer, Brazil 2014 could be where Muller propels himself further into the limelight and follows in the footsteps of his world cup record breaking team-mate Miroslav Klose.

HOT PROSPECT: Erik Durm
A player whose rise to fame has gone unnoticed everywhere but in the Bundesliga, Erik Durm could be the answer to Germany’s defensive problems at RB or LB as Lahm transfers to a defensive midfield position. Will be a toss-up between him and team-mate Grosskreutz, however both men are more than capable of doing a solid job at the back for Germany.

DARK HORSE: Miroslav Klose
Historic and iconic front-man for Germany, Miroslav Klose may have to do with coming off the bench if he is to make such an impact as he has done in previous World Cups. However in keeping involved at the highest level with Lazio in Serie A, Klose does have what it takes to bag vital goals for Germany this summer with further World Cup records only a matter of goals away.

WHERE WILL THEY FINISH IN GROUP G? 1st Place

Portugal:

Goalkeepers: Beto (Sevilla), Eduardo (Braga), Rui Patricio (Sporting).

Defenders: Andre Almeida (Benfica), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahce), Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid), Joao Pereira (Valencia), Neto (Zenit), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Costa (Valencia).

Midfielders: Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Miguel Veloso (Dinamo Kiev), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce), Ruben Amorim (Benfica), William Carvalho (Sporting).

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Eder (SC Braga), Helder Postiga (Lazio), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Nani (Manchester United), Rafa (Braga), Varela (FC Porto), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg)

STAR MAN: Cristiano Ronaldo
Whether or not he is at full fitness remains to be seen and will unravel throughout the course of the tournament, however CR7 even at half of his fitness is still by far head and shoulders better than several of the players in this years competition. A world-beater at the top of his game and the current World player of the year will go down in history if he can lead Portugal to success this summer.

HOT PROSPECT: William Carvalho
Repeatedly linked with a big money move from his boyhood Sporting Lisbon to one of Europe’s elite, William Carvalho has certainly got people talking following a solid 13/14 with standout individual performances from the young midfielder. A very very hot prospect.

DARK HORSE: Fabio Coentrao
Fell foul of Ancelotti’s team selection following an injury earlier this season but after re-asserting himself into the Real Madrid line-up which led to a starting position in the UEFA Champions League final, an in-form Coentrao can be a dangerous asset to have as an overlapping winger when going forward.

WHERE WILL THEY FINISH IN GROUP G? 2nd place

USA:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders).

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

STAR MAN: Clint Dempsey
Mr.Reliable for the USA, Clint Dempsey is undoubtedly the USA star man this summer, as he always has been for the major tournaments he has competed in for the United States. Dangerous going forward and a constant threat in both midfield and as an attacker, Dempsey is easily the one to look out for if your a defender in Group G.

HOT PROSPECT: Alejandro Bedoya
The young attacking midfielder who plays his club football for Nantes in Ligue 1 could perhaps add a much needed burst of creativity and acceleration in a USA side which is proven to tire throughout the course of a tournament. Whether or not he will get much time is another question though.

DARK HORSE: Jozy Altidore
After a season of ups and downs for Sunderland following his transfer back to the Premier League, Altidore could chip in with a few vital goals and after participating in the 2010 World Cup, his experience could prove to be vital for younger members of the national side.

WHERE WILL THEY FINISH IN GROUP G? 3rd place

Ghana:

Goalkeepers: Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates), Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset), Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars).

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom (Platanias), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege), Harrison Afful (Esperance), John Boye (Rennes), Jonathan Mensah (Evian), Rashid Sumalia (Mamelodi Sundowns).

Midfielders: Michael Essien (AC Milan), Sulley Muntari (AC Milan), Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese), Afriyie Acquah (Parma), Christian Atsu (Vitesse), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough), Andre Ayew (Marseille), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan).

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain), Kevin-Prince Boateng (Schalke 04), Abdul Majeed Waris (Valenciennes), Jordan Ayew (Sochaux)

STAR MAN: Kwadwo Asamoah
Straight from a Juventus side who wrapped things up with a title victory in comfortable style in Serie A this season, Asamoah is perhaps a mirror image of his team-mate Michael Essien several years ago and his age and consistency make him my star man for Ghana.

HOT PROSPECT: Christian Atsu
Another one of the Chelsea youngsters who have been sent out on loan to Vitesse Arnhem in the Dutch Eredivisie, Atsu showed great promise for FC Porto and although who knows where he’ll end up next season, his talent at such a young age should give Ghana a youthful attacking creativity when going forward. Definitely one to look out for and a good world cup could earn him another move, possibly to another strong European side where he may be able to establish himself in the first team.

DARK HORSE: Michael Essien
A few up and down seasons for a player who had it so good for so long in the heart of the Chelsea midfield during the mid 00’s. Essien was crucial to Ghana’s qualification to the 2014 World Cup and if he can find his best form, himself and Asamoah may cause several problems to the likes of Germany, Portugal and the USA (and further teams should they qualify from a very difficult Group G)

WHERE WILL THEY FINISH IN GROUP G? 4th place

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