Group G Preview
Ivory Coast will look to begin their title defense by outlasting three tough match-ups in Group G. Ivory Coast is a clear favorite to win their group and make a run at the Cup, but the others might have something to say about that! Lithuania left disappointed last year after they fell short in the group stage, but this is a veteran team and will come back regrouped and stronger than last year. Team Nigeria is completely reworked with new leadership and players; they’ll have much to say before they let the “Elephants” take the group. Vietnam had much success last year, and if the games were 20 minutes shorter would’ve been in the knockout round. Even though they know they are in a tough group, they’ll battle all throughout.
MUST-SEE MATCH: September 24, 3pm at 48th & Spruce – Lithuania vs. Ivory Coast
Group H Preview
Group H may be the toughest to prognosticate due to the parity from top to bottom. On paper Congo would appear to be the favorite after their run to the round of 16 last year. Don’t count out the quick feet of the Colombian team or the overall speed of Team Senegal, both of which will be a tough match-up for the rest of the group. Rounding out Group H is France. Not much is known of the French team other than they are a mix of wily vets and young legs to round out their roster. Keep an eye on Group H; it might end up being the most competitive from top to bottom!
MUST-SEE MATCH: September 24, 1pm at Gratz Supersite (Germantown & Hunting Park Ave) – Colombia vs. Senegal
Group I Preview
Another group featuring three returning teams from last year’s Unity Cup. Argentina made it to the knock-out round last year only to be upset by Puerto Rico, but that doesn’t necessarily make them the group favorite. India features two very talented strikers on their front line who can score with anyone. Sudan had an impressive showing in last year’s tournament. The team from Bosnia-Herzegovina will look to impose their will as the most physical team in the group, something the other three teams may not be prepared for!
MUST-SEE MATCH: September 16, 4pm at Ramp Playground (3300-40 Solly Ave) – Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. India