Today we are going to look at group B in the World Cup. This is part of my series reviewing each squad in the World Cup in order to asses strengths and weaknesses and understand squad make up. If you haven’t seen the other Blogs go check them out group A went live yesterday and the other groups will follow over the coming days. Group B consists of Spain, Portugal, Iran and Morocco.
The first thing to look at is the age composition of the 4 squads. Interestingly Iran seem to generally have the youngest squad in the group with the lowest median. Also Spain seem to have the largest grouping around peak age between 27-30. Morocco despite having the highest median have the lowest age players in the group. Portugal have some young players but also have some of the generally older players with a lot of squad members above 30.
Looking at the experience of the players Morocco looks clearly the least experienced squad. This could be because of the high amount of lower age players compared to the other teams. Spain and Portugal have similar caps profiles with a group of inexperienced players but also complimented by a few experienced players.
The main thing that’s interesting with the squad composition of the 4 teams is that Portugal and Spain have the same composition. Is this a template the the bigger countries seem to be following? Also there is an increase in attacking players in these 4 squads compared to Group A which should mean these are all better balanced. In fact Morocco, Portugal and Spain have the same amount of attackers. With Iran having more Midfielders then any other team could this give them more options however lack of attackers could harm them if chasing a game.
Finally we look at the chances of team qualifying from the group and the chance of winning the World Cup. Qualification for the group looks like a pretty much over and done deal. Portugal and Spain look to have by far the strongest chances of qualifying from the group. This could make this group not too interesting for spectators. Portugal and Spain do play each other in the first game which if there is a loser could add extra pressure when they come to play Morocco or Iran. I’m surprised the low chance compared to Spain of Portugal winning the title. Portugal are the reigning European champions and have mercurial talent Cristiano Ronaldo. Spain however look to be one of the big favourites so it will be interesting to see how they do after last World Cups total failure.
Thats it for group B overview any questions or comments let me know or if you have any ideas of other things i should look at let me know.