Group E preview

Group E


Federation: CONMEBOL

FIFA World Rank: 26

Nickname: La Tri (Tricolor, refers to three colors on Ecudorian flag)

Coach: Reinaldo Rueda

Player to know: Jefferson Montero, midfielder. Great one-on-one player who has already made 40 appearances for the national team despite just being 24 years old.


Federation:  UEFA

FIFA World Rank: 17

Nickname: Les Bleus (The Blues)

Coach: Didier Deschamps

Player to know:  Paul Pogba, midfielder. Only 21 years old and already one of the best at his position.


Federation: CONCACAF

FIFA World Rank: 33

Nickname: Los Catrachos

Coach: Luis Fernando Suárez

Player to know: Roger Espinoza, midfielder.  Born in Honduras but moved to Denver when he was 12. Played for Yavapai College. Attended Ohio State. Became an American citizen in 2008. Wait, why isn't he playing for the Yanks?


Federation: UEAF

FIFA World Rank: 6

Nickname: La Nati (The National Team)

Coach: Ottmar Hitzfeld

Player to know: Xherdan Shaqiri, midfielder. A 22 year old who was a teenager when he won Player of the Year for the Swiss Super League in 2011…and 2012.


France and Switzerland advance.