Germany, Japan and New Zealand or Costa Rica, Spain’s rivals in the group stage


The Spanish soccer team will face Germany, Japan and the winner of the international playoff number 2 -Costa Rica or New Zealand- in the group stage of the World Cup in Qatar, according to the draw held this Friday in Doha.

Spain, who joined the first pot as the top seed, did not have much luck in the Exhibition and Congress Center of the Qatari city, where they could not avoid the most dangerous rival of the second pot: Germany. In this way, ‘la Roja’ and ‘Die Mannschaft’ will start as big favorites in Group E, where they have been framed.

Four-time world champion, Hansi Flick’s team is always a contender for the title. The last one she achieved was in 2014 after overwhelming Brazil in the semifinals and knocking out Leo Messi’s Argentina in the final. However, the last precedent between Germans and Spaniards ended with a 6-0 for Luis Enrique’s team in the Nations League.

In addition, group E is also made up of Japan, a component of pot 3, one of the most powerful representatives of Asian football and of which there are hardly any precedents between the two teams. The only one was a friendly played in Córdoba, which ended in favor of Spain by a solitary 1-0 in 2001.

Group E will be completed by the winner of the international play-off that faces New Zealand and Costa Rica. In the last pot there were up to three rivals to define and due to the restrictions by continents – there can only be two Europeans – and the rest cannot be repeated, led Spain to face Oceanic or Costa Ricans.

Neither of the two teams should ‘concern’ the national team, with more than enough potential to beat Ticos or the New Zealanders, who have won their place in Oceania and will face the CONCACAF fourth in search of one of the last tickets for the appointment.


The Spanish team will debut in this World Cup on November 23, precisely against New Zealand or Costa Rica, a team where an old acquaintance of the Spanish fans continues, such as Keylor Navas, exporter of Real Madrid, Levante and Albacete, among others.

For its part, Spain’s second match at the event will be against Germany, the star confrontation of all the groups, on November 27 in Doha, in the same stadium where Qatar and Ecuador will open the World Cup on the 21st –the stadium Al Bayt–.

Finally, Spain will close the group stage against Japan on December 1 in a duel where they will be the ‘visitor’, the only one in the entire first phase. In addition, Luis Enrique’s men will meet a group F team where Belgium, Canada, Morocco and Croatia have been drawn.

The World Cup in Qatar will be the first to be held outside the usual European summer dates. This time it will be held in winter, starting on November 21, the date established for the inauguration, and will end on Sunday, December 18.

This Friday’s draw was attended by 2,000 spectators and was led by Carli Lloyd, Jermaine Jenas and Samantha Johnson, who were helped by Cafú (Brazil), Lothar Matthäus (Germany), Adel Ahmed MalAllah (Qatar), Ali Daei ( Iran), Bora Milutinovic (Serbia/Mexico), Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigeria), Rabah Madjer (Algeria) and Tim Cahill (Australia).


GROUP A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal and the Netherlands.

GROUP B: England, Iran, USA and winner of the European playoff.

GROUP C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.

GROUP D: France, international playoff winner 1, Denmark and Tunisia.

GROUP E: SPAIN, international playoff winner 2, Germany and Japan.

GROUP F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco and Croatia.

GROUP H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea.


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