It is a convention after each World Cup draw to select by means of the pool pairings for the ‘Group of Death’ – the group made up of the 4 strongest groups.
The horrifically robust swimming pools of the previous – equivalent to Argentina, England, Sweden and Nigeria collectively in 2002 – are now not so viable now that FIFA organises its pots through rating quite than continental confederations.
However, the draw for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has thrown up some tasty trying swimming pools – however which is the hardest?
The 2022 World Cup group stage attract full
Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Netherlands, Senegal
Group B: England, Iran, USA, Scotland/Wales/Ukraine
Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
Group D: France, UAE/Australia/Peru, Denmark, Tunisia
Group E: Spain, Costa Rica/New Zealand, Germany, Japan
Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea
Which is the group of loss of life?
It seems the trickiest group in Qatar is Group E, which options two former world champions from Europe and arguably Asia’s strongest contender.
Spain had been world champions in 2010 whereas Germany had been final winners in 2014, having taken the title on 4 events. However, each have suffered latest group stage exits, in 2014 and 2018 respectively.
They should each be cautious of Japan, who eased by means of their qualifying pool with a seven level hole over Australia, whereas Costa Rica and New Zealand – who should face in a play-off to resolve who goes to Qatar – each have latest historical past of World Cup upsets.
Costa Rica got here by means of their very own group of loss of life in 2014 – that includes England, Italy and Uruguay – on a run to the quarter-finals, whereas New Zealand had been unbeaten of their final World Cup, drawing all three pool matches in 2010.