World Cup 2014 Previews, Group F: Nigeria

Posted: May 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

World Cup 2014 Previews, Group F: Nigeria

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Team: Nigeria
Group: F
Schedule: June 16 vs. Iran; June 21 vs. Bosnia; June 25 vs. Argentina
World Cup Record: 4-8-2 (Round of 16, 1994/1998)
Qualifying Form: The Super Eagles went unbeaten in third stage of African qualification, then defeated Ethiopia 4-1 over a two-leg playoff.

Manager: Stephen Keshi — a mild outlier in sub-Saharan African soccer in that he’s a former player from the nation he’s coaching, rather than a hired hand from Europe. Keshi led Nigeria to victory at the African Cup of Nations in 2013, turning a dysfunctional, underachieving group into winners. Even so, the Nigeria FA is notorious for its meddling and politicking so without a strong World Cup, Keshi will likely be cast aside.

Player to Watch: Fans of the Premier League or English soccer in general probably think Victor Moses is grizzled veteran, but he’s only 23. He was a bit player on-loan from Chelsea at Liverpool this…

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