Star Players To Look Out For In Russia (2)
As the 2018 world cup kicks off in Russia, Sahara Sport brings you the second edition of the star players to watch out for in the tournament.
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Here are second list of players to look in each team in Russia in the next 28 days.
After a successful tournament in Brazil, the German machine are on the march again. As the team look to defend their title, Vice-captain Thomas Muller will be key to the success of the team. Having enjoyed a good goal-scoring spell in his last two world cup tournaments, the versatile Muller is set to light up the Mundial.
The highly efficient German side is one of the favourites for the title in Russia and Thomas Muller needs just six goals to equal Miroslav Klose’s 16 goal competition record. He also has the highest number of assists thus far in the tournament.
Javier Hernandez is the star of this aging Mexican side. The diminutive West Ham striker is a sure bet for goals for the El Tri as they seek to end their second-round hoodoo in the tournament. The striker is one of the best currently in World cup and he will be hoping to make a statement at the world stage to further put paid on his reputation.
Captain Bryan Ruiz remains the central figure in this Costa Rican team. After a very impressive tournament in Brazil where they lost on penalties to Netherlands. The Central American side will be looking for another good turnout in the tournament.
Sporting Lisbon midfielder entered the team in 2005 and after notching up to 70 caps ever since. He is the creative force of the team and will be their anchor as they challenge for glory in Russia.
Serbia will be relying on youngster Sergei Milinkovic-Savic to make a statement in the World cup in Russia. The central midfielder has been the subject of several transfer talks this summer after a sensational season with Serie A side Lazio.
22-year old Milinkovic-Savic, whose father was also a footballer is described as a complete footballer with exceptional defending, passing and goal scoring capabilities. It is his first major tournament and he is the star attraction of the Serbian side.
After the horrendous quarter-final injury to Neymar at the last world cup, the Brazilian team literally collapsed, losing the terribly to Germany and Netherlands. Now, the team is touted as one of the favourites and Neymar is particularly set to appease the Brazilians with the World cup trophy in Russia.
Neymar who made a return to football after a long injury layoff in the build-up to this World cup and has been an instant impact scoring in both warm-up matches he has featured.
The world most expensive player is a star attraction at the World cup and he is expected to boost his reputation with a wonderful performance. A good tournament for him can boost his chances of winning the World Footballer of the Year.
Arsenal midfielder, Granit Xhaka, will be the go-to man for the Swiss team if they seek to make an impression in Russia. After enjoying a not-too-impressive run in the last season, Xhaka will be the anchor of a technically astute Swiss side.
After missing out on an automatic spot and having to resort to a playoff spot, the Swiss side will be hoping to fight for glory in the Mundial. They have never really made a statement in their previous competition and with Granit, who also has his brother Taulant in the squad, the team can rewrite their history.
After the retirement of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from international football, there has not been enough spark in the Swedish team but the team will be relying on RB Leipzig midfielder Emil Forsberg take them far in the competition.
Forsberg, who is part of a wonderful set up at Bundesliga side, RB Leipzig is the star to look out for in this Swedish side who have not been particularly impressive in tournaments lately.
The Koreans will be looking up to Son as they hope to match their fourth-placed finish on home soil in 2002.
It came as a bit of surprise when Tottenham striker, Harry Kane was named as the England captain to the world cup. The prolific striker will be the center of attention as a very young England side is set to take on the world and end their unimpressive run at the mundial in recent times.
Kane who has been in good goalscoring form for his club side will lead the line for the Three Lions as they challenge for glory in Russia.
Belgium is going to Russia with a generation of players in their prime, but out of the star-studded side, Chelsea attacking midfielder, Eden Hazard stands out. He will be the one to lead Roberto Martinez side as they set the world ablaze.
Hazard who came in through the cadet team made his senior international debut at the age of 17.
He has had 85 caps and after a disappointing quarterfinals exit at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2016. Hazard will be looking to help his side finally make a claim to the trophy which has eluded them thus far.
His stints in Spain did not turn out well and he now plays for Club Universitario de Deportes of Peru as an attacking midfielder. Quintero will be looking to prove himself at the world cup as Panama hits the first stage for the first time.
The 27-year-old made his debut for Tunisia in 2012 after playing for both Tunisia and France at the U-20 level.
As he looks to be in the market for a new club in the offseason, Khazri will have the opportunity to show himself to the world.
Bayern Munich midfielder, James Rodriguez, launched himself to the world in the 2014 World cup with a scintillating performance in Colombia’s Quarterfinal run. His world-class performance engineered his move to Real Madrid before moving to Bayern Munchen.
He remains the star attraction of the Colombian team as they look to carry on from where they left off in Brazil. The versatile midfielder will play a vital role in Colombia’s quest to shine in Russia.
Poland has Robert Lewandowski as the nucleus of their team. The striker who had the highest goals during the qualifying series will be on the spotlight as his relatively anonymous Polish side look to show the rest of the world.
The scoring prowess of the Bayern striker cannot be underestimated. He is one of the best strikers in the world at the moment and the World cup is the best stage to show his craft.
Dortmund midfielder, Shinji Kagawa has not been at the utmost best in recent years, but with the world cup taking center stage, he will be charged with the responsibility of leading a Japanese side who are still looking for a big break at the World stage.
Kagawa will be the creative spark for the team and be hopeful to take the team far in the competition.
Liverpool striker, Sadio Mane is the shining light of the Teranga Lions in Russia. Mane had an impressive season with the Merseysiders including a run-in to the Uefa Champions League final where he scored a goal in the embarrassing defeat in the final.
Senegal got to the quarterfinals at their first time of asking in 2002 and has not been lucky enough to make a return until now. They will be looking to the versatile player as they set their sights on bigger things in Russia.