Group H: The Forgotten Group?
Portugal, with Ronaldo’s last stand, will more than likely escape this group. While some may overlook Group H, it might hold the attention of aficionados in that Portugal has some stiff competition, albeit less than exciting competition.
Ghana has captured the world’s attention as a program on the rise, and a major foe—in past years—to the United States. Outside of squashing American World Cup dreams, Ghana hasn’t yet done the same to other nations on its quest to World Cup greatness. The problem for Ghana in Group H is that it’s not a clear favorite; Uruguay and South Korea are equal opponents and it’s anyone’s game to advance.
Uruguay, luckily, has Suarez, one of the leading forwards in the world. Without Suarez, Uruguay’s in big trouble. However, with a new coach that sees the game with an offensive mind, Uruguay’s fortunes may soon be changing. In recent World Cup history, Uruguay has been an extremely dull team to watch. Hopefully, with a twist in the coaching department, things will look more prosperous. This group is very equal though, so Uruguay, the big U, has its hands full.
South Korea—led by Superstar Son Heung-min—is hoping to shock the world with a deep run in Qatar. It starts in Group H. For South Korea, this is a problem because all the teams in this group are very level. No one has an edge. What South Korea has to create a wedge is a phenomenally ambitious group that plays with physicality, perseverance, and fortitude.
As to which teams will escape this group: Even Portugal—the 2016 Euro winner—is fighting for a spot. This might not be the “group of death” but this is a very competitive one nonetheless.