2014 FIFA World Cup Profiles: Mexico and Cameroon

Mexico World Cup

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil now less than 100 days away, I thought I’d start introducing my predictions for where each team will finish. Obviously I won’t introduce my winner straight away, but I’ll start with the two teams I think will lose out in Group A.

Group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon

Mexico

Top ScorerOribe Perelta (11 goals in qualifying)

                     Javier Hernandez (35 goals in total for Mexico)

Most CappedGerardo Torrado (146 appearances)

Qualifying fact: If not for a late goals by Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson in rivals USA’s 3-2 win over Panama, Mexico would not be at the World Cup.

Mexico limped into the World Cup group stages and I expect that’s as far as they will go. Their defense isn’t up to the standard of previous years and although their attack is dangerous leaking goals to expansive teams like Brazil and lacking creativity to overturn an organized Croatia will leave them squabbling to avoid finishing bottom of their group with Cameroon.

I think they will beat Cameroon, but will struggle to pick up enough, if any other, points as they look to progress beyond Group A. Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez will need to be on top form for the Mexicans to be playing more than three games.

Prediction – 3rd in Group A – ELIMINATED

Cameroon

Top ScorerChoupo-Moting, Samuel Eto’o (2 goals in qualifying)

Samuel Eto’o (55 goals in total for Cameroon)

Most Capped player in squadSamuel Eto’o (114 appearances)

Qualifying fact:

Cameroon boasted a 100 percent win record during World Cup qualifying, finishing, with a 4-1 record. Away from home they failed to win a single match, but were awarded a victory over Togoafter the home side fielded an ineligible player.

Cameroon has their work ethic to thank for their place at the 2014 World Cup; with no single player really stealing the limelight during qualifying. However, when you’re in pressure situations you do look for your top players to perform, and if they’re looking at anyone in these situations it will surely be Samuel Eto’o.

The Chelsea striker has played all over Europe and has always scored goals, but has historically struggled against the big teams. Playing Brazil in their own country will prove too much for the African side, and Croatia simply play a more disciplined brand of football. They have a chance against Mexico, but their poor away form suggests they won’t be able to cope in an atmosphere that isn’t 100% behind them.

Prediction – 4th in Group A – ELIMINATED

There’s two down, 30 more to go! Who do you think will lift the famous trophy in July? Agree/Disagree with my predictions? Let us know below or on my twitter: @scottiej24

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Scott Johnson is our British based Soccer writer who writes regular reports focusing on the EPL. When he's not watching/playing/writing about Sports he is currently completing his Masters degree in the UK.