The biggest prize of International football in 2017, The FIFA Confederations Cup is finally here. The tournament features Russia(Hosts), Germany(World Champions), Portugal(European Champions), Chile(South American Champions), Mexico(North American Champions), Australia(Asian Champions), Cameroon(African Champions) and New Zealand(Oceanian Champions) divided into 2 groups.
Group A: Russia, Mexico, Portugal, New Zealand.
Group B: Germany, Chile, Australia, Cameroon.
In this second part let us discuss about players to watch out for in Group B:
1. Players to look out for in the Cameroon team:
Andre Onana: The Ajax goalkeeper was instrumental in their fine run in the UEFA Europa League where they lost against Manchester United in the final. He kept 14 clean sheets for his club last season and is a strong favourite to replace his cousin Fabrice Ondoa in the starting line up.
Benjamin Moukandjo: The Lorient forward was the man of the match in the African Cup of Nations final earlier this year when the Indomitable Lions defeated Egypt to win their 5th Continental trophy. With a keen eye for goal the 28-year old will be a player to watch out for in Russia.
Christian Bassogog: Bassogog won the Golden Ball award in the African Cup of nations earlier this year. The 21-year old, currently plying his trade in China, is another star striker for the future and the Confederations Cup might just be the big platform for him to shine.
Vincent Aboubakar: The 25-year old Besiktas striker scored the winning goal that ended Cameroon’s 15 year wait for continental triumph. The strongly built striker will have his sight set on the tournament to showcase his talent.
2. Players to look out for in the Chile team:
Gary Medel: The 29-year old defender has been a regular for Italian Giants Inter Milan for the past few seasons. The highly versatile player who can play in both the midfield and defence will be one of the most crucial men for the Copa America champions.
Arturo Vidal: The Bayern Munich midfielder is one of the most physically dominant and effective players at the centre of the football pitch in the modern game. The box-to-box midfielder’s no nonsense play partnered with goals at crucial times will be a thing to look out for in the tournament.
Alexis Sanchez: The Arsenal forward is one of the most talked about footballers in the world right now. The highly skilful Chilean will be Juan Antonio Pizzi’s main man in the coming weeks and his contribution will be monumental in Chile’s chances for silverware.
Eduardo Vargas: The 27-year old UANL Tigres forward has not made it big in European clubs in his career. But when it comes to donning the La Roja, there’s hardly a better goal getter than this man. With 32 strikes in 71 games, Vargas will surely look to improve his tally in the tournament.
3. Players to look out for in the Australia team:
Tomi Juric: The Luzern striker is fresh from his double strike against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the World Cup Qualifiers. Juric has shown time and again that he is a sneaky customer and can prove to be a genuine threat up front for Australia.
Massimo Luongo: The 24-year old QPR midfielder is one of the most promising facilitators of the game in the modern day. He is likely to be at the heart of the midfield for Ange Postecoglou’s side.
Tom Rogic: The Celtic striker has enjoyed tremendous success at Celtic Park under Brendan Rodgers last season, winning the Scottish Premiership and the Cup. With an eye for the goal and a knack for the spectacular (like his winning goal against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the World Cup Qualifiers), Rogic can easily be a top performer in the Confederation Cup.
Tim Cahill: The former Everton striker is the highest goalscorer in history for the Socceroos and is also regarded by many as their best ever. The 37-year old is still a credible threat up front and on his day can be a nightmare to any defence.
4. Players to look out for in the Germany team:
Joshua Kimmich: The Bayern Munich defender is highly versatile who can play in either defence and midfield. Having already shown his talent and ability for his club, it’s time for him to shine in the national team colours.
Julian Draxler: The German captain for the Confederations Cup is surely going to be the central force of the team. Blessed with the ability to use both feet effectively and also a good eye for the goal, the dynamic 23-year old midfielder is sure to leave a mark in the coming weeks.
Emre Can: The Liverpool FC midfielder has grown to be a beast under German coach Jurgen Klopp at Anfield. His overhead goal against Watford this season has won him the BBC and Carling Goal of the Season Awards. The Turkish born 23-year old is sure to fit into the defensive midfield role for Die Mannschaft in the coming weeks with deep impact.
Timo Werner: The RB Leipzig forward has been in incredible form for his club this season scoring 21 goals in 31 appearances. Still only 21, the stage looks set for the young German to leave his mark on the world stage.