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World Cup 2022: Portugal and Uruguay top seeds in Group H

Published on: 20 November 2022

The 2022 FIFA World Cup got underway in Qatar with the host losing 2-0 to Ecuador as the fever of the global tournament get started. 

Today we present you Group 'H', made up of the teams from Portugal, Uruguay, Ghana and South Korea .

This sector has the privilege of having Cristiano Ronaldo , Thomas Partey, Luis Suárez and Heung-Min Son , who start as the most important figures of each of the teams that share group 'H' .

Ghana, 'the black stars'

Ghana is considered one of the best African teams at the youth level, while at the senior level, it barely has three World Cup participations: Germany 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014 , in the first it reached the round of 16, in the second the quarterfinals and in the third was eliminated in the first phase.

His best World Cup was in the 2010 edition in South Africa , he came in seventh place (eliminated in the quarterfinals by Uruguay in an exciting match). The Ghanaian team is ranked 61 in the FIFA Ranking in 2022.

The first game that Ghana plays in Qatar 2022 is against Cristiano Ronaldo 's Portugal , on Thursday, November 24, four days later their rival will be South Korea on Monday, November 28. The group stage against Uruguay ends on December 2.

Its star Thomas Partey is 29 years old and is a midfielder who has a great touch on the ball, plays for Arsenal in England and is led by Otto Addo, who was champion as an assistant to the team in the German Cup in 2021 . How far will the black stars go ?

Uruguay, two-time world champion

The Uruguayan team already knows what it is to be world champion, they were crowned in their World Cup in 1930 and 20 years later they were the protagonists of the famous 'maracanazo', yes, they went to Amazonian lands to defeat a Brazilian team in 1950, considered in those days as one of the best in the world.

He is always a serious contender for the title, he has participated in a total of 13 world championships, two of them world champion and another 3 times he stayed in fourth place, that is, in the semifinal phase, although he also boasts a fifth place in Russia 2018 .

Uruguay's coach, Diego Alonso, waited until the last minute of the Spanish league matches to deliver the call for 26 players who will be in Qatar 2022, including 4 players with a lot of experience: Diego Godín, Luis Suárez, Edinson Cavani and Fernando Musler.

With them and with the rest of the young players Uruguay will compete for their third FIFA World Cup title in Qatar , after their victories in 1930 and 1950.

Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo's last chance Portugal will play its eighth World Cup. The last three editions ended with a taste of disappointment, they were eliminated by Spain and Uruguay in the round of 16 and without being able to get past the group stage in Brazil 2014

In addition, this World Cup means the last opportunity for Cristiano Ronaldo to try to lift the World Cup , although on paper it looks complicated, since he does not have the stars of previous years.

It must be remembered that Portugal 's best result in a World Cup was in England 1966 when they finished third at the hands of Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, better known as the ' Black Panther '.

In Qatar 2022 his coach is Fernando Santos , 68, who won a Euro Cup in 2016 and the League of Nations in 2018-2019 . Without a doubt, although this time he is not a favourite, Portugal cannot be done less.

South Korea, the mystery selection

If there is an Asian team that is always at the World Cups, it is South Korea , it has played a total of 10, the last nine have been uninterrupted, that is, since Mexico 1986 it has not missed a single one and Qatar 2022 will be its experience number 11 where he will seek to advance to the second round.

His best participation was in his World Cup, in the 2002 edition , when he reached the semifinals after beating Italy and Spain in the round of 16 and quarterfinals, respectively. In the semifinal round they lost to Germany 1-0 and in the game for third and fourth place they lost by the same score to Turkey .

In Group 'H' they will be able to enjoy the quality of the midfielder and left winger, Heung-min Son , the creative of Tottenham Hotspur, who has extensive experience at 30 years of age and with the help of his coach Paulo Bento with whom they won the championship Asian in 2019 will seek to make history in this World Cup fair.

South Korea will open group 'H' against Uruguay on November 24, then they will face Ghana on the 28th of the same month and will close the group stage of Qatar 2022, on December 2 against Portugal, in what promises to be a great game.

 

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