Last Updated on November 23, 2022 10:31 pm by Gambyl Nation Editorial Team

One of the most complicated groups in this World Cup in Qatar 2022, if not the most, is Group E, which has two big teams such as Germany and Spain, the orderly and athletic Japan, and surprising Costa Rica.

World Cup Group E: Germany

One that is always a candidate in each World Cup in Germany. The four-time world champions arrive in Qatar hungry and with the obligation to clean up the terrible image they left in Russia in 2018, where they were the great disappointment of the tournament by finishing last in their group that they shared with Sweden, Mexico, and South Korea. 

In addition, the ‘Teutons’ also had a very bad UEFA Nations League, where they finished third by only being able to beat Italy (5-2). Undoubtedly, very poor numbers contrast with their history and with their road to the World Cup, where they won 9 games and lost only 1, although it is true that they faced third and fourth-level teams. 

Among the notable absences are those of Marco Reus and Timo Werner, who were injured in the last weeks. The loss of Reus hurts a lot, he was at a very good level and had already missed the 2014 World Cup due to injury, where they were champions, and the 2016 and 2020 European Championships. 

On the other hand, among the surprises of the call is the return of Mario Gotze, the hero of Brazil 2014, after more than 5 years of not playing with the Mannschaft. His good performances at PSV and Frankfurt earned him a call. 

The other great news is the presence of the young Youssoufa Moukoko, who will turn 18 on November 20 and who is making history and breaking marks of precocity in the different categories of Borussia Dortmund and the German National Team. This season he has already scored 6 goals and given 4 assists. 

Hans Flick will have the task of improving the image of Germany and himself because since his arrival he has been criticized for the team’s play.

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp

Defenders: Matthias Ginter, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule, Nico Schlotterbeck, Thilo Kehrer, David Raum, Lukas Klostermann, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Christian Gunter

Midfielders: Ilkay Gundogan, Jonas Hofmann, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiala, Joshua Kimmich, Thomas Muller, Julian Brandt, Mario Gotze

Forwards: Kai Havertz, Youssoufa Moukoko, Niclas Fullkrug, Karim Adeyemi

World Cup Group E: Spain

As expected, Luis Enrique gave a list with many controversies and was criticized for bringing players who are not at their best level into the clubs, and for leaving others who are having it and who have a lot of hierarchy. However, the coach has always turned a deaf ear to what they say and ensures that he uses whoever he thinks works for him. 

The bastion of the team, according to Luis Enrique himself, will be Sergio Busquets. Although the Barcelona player is no longer at his best, the coach assures that ‘La Roja’ is going at the pace he sets. Among the notable absences are those of Thiago Alcántara (Liverpool), Sergio Ramos (Paris Saint Germain), Iago Aspas (Celta de Vigo), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Canales (Betis) and Borja Iglesias (Betis). 

The most criticized have been the Barcelona players Eric García, Jordi Alba, Ansu Fati, and the Athletic Bilbao player, Nico Williams, who only has 2 games with the National Team. Regarding the results, despite not being liked, Luis Enrique’s Spain has been effective and advanced to the Final Four of the UEFA Nations League after an agonizing victory against Portugal (0-1), and they have only lost 1 of their last 10 games.

It is a team with a lot of youth where players like Pedri, despite being 19 years old, is called to be the one with the ideas in the team and to lead the offensive.

Goalkeepers: Unai Simon, Robert Sanchez, David Raya.

Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Cesar Azpilicueta, Eric Garcia, Hugo Guillamon, Pau Torres, Aymeric Laporte, Jordi Alba, Jose Gaya.

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Rodri, Gavi, Carlos Soler, Marcos Llorente, Pedri, Koke.

Forwards: Ferran Torres, Nico Williams, Yeremi Pino, Alvaro Morata, Marco Asensio, Pablo Sarabia, Dani Olmo, Ansu Fati.

World Cup Group E: Japan

True to its style and order, Japan was the first team to deliver the squad and to settle in Qatar. The Asian team qualified for their seventh World Cup, all consecutively, and will seek to overcome the round of 16 for the first time, which they have reached 3 times. 

Currently, many players play or have played in Europe, such as Yuto Nagatomo (former Inter Milan), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal), Hidemasa Morita (Sporting Lisboa) or Ritsu Doan (Freiburg), to name a few. However, three players on the offensive end will undoubtedly give the team a lot, and those are Daichi Kamada (Frankfurt), Takumi Minamino (Monaco), and Takefusa Kubo (Real Sociedad)

The order and work of the team added to the quality of these players at a great time who are figuring in their clubs. 

They had a great tie, finishing second in their group behind Saudi Arabia with 7 wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses. The ‘Samurais’ continue their constant growth and with several players in the German league, they hope to surprise the two favorites of the group.

Goalkeepers: Shuichi Gonda, Daniel Schmidt, Eiji Kawashima.

Defenders: Miki Yamane, Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Shogo Taniguchi, Ko Itakura, Hiroki Ito, Yuto Nagatomo.

Midfielders: Wataru Endo, Hidemasa Morita, Ao Tanaka, Gaku Shibasaki, Kaoru Mitoma, Daichi Kamada, Ritsu Doan, Junya Ito, Takumi Minamino, Takefusa Kubo, Yuki Soma.

Forwards: Daizen Maeda, Takuma Asano, Shuto Machino, Ayase Ueda.

World Cup Group E: Costa Rica 

Costa Rica will play it’s third consecutive World Cup and fifth of the last six, showing that they are already one of the powers in Concacaf. Although in 2014 they surprised by reaching the quarterfinals despite sharing a group with Uruguay, Italy, and England, eliminating the latter two, in 2018 they were not so lucky and fell in the first round. 

However, the team is not very convincing to the Costa Ricans themselves. Without great figures, the only player of renown is Kaylor Navas, and they hope that Joel Campbell shows some of that talent that brought him to Arsenal about 10 years ago. For the rest, coach Luis Fernando Suárez will have a fairly combative group that will appeal to their physical condition to beat their rivals. 

The Ticos advanced to the World Cup after finishing fourth in their tie, and beating New Zealand in the playoffs 1-0 with a goal from Campbell after 3 minutes. 

Among the biggest criticisms received by Suárez for the call is the one of striker Johan Venegas and leaving out the young Aarón Suárez.

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Esteban Alvarado, Patrick Sequeira.

Defenders: Francisco Calvo, Juan Pablo Vargas, Kendall Waston, Oscar Duarte, Daniel Chacon, Keysher Fuller, Carlos Martinez, Bryan Oviedo, Ronald Matarrita.

Midfielders: Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Youstin Salas, Roan Wilson, Gerson Torres, Douglas Lopez, Jewison Bennette, Alvaro Zamora, Anthony Hernandez, Brandon Aguilera, Bryan Ruiz.

Forwards: Joel Campbell, Anthony Contreras, Johan Venegas.


We believe that Germany will qualify first, but that Spain and Japan will fight for second place and the duel between them will be key. Costa Rica this time will not surprise and will probably be last in the group.

Fixture Schedule

Wed, Nov. 23 Germany vs. Japan 8 a.m. 

Wed, Nov. 23 Spain vs. Costa Rica 11 a.m. 

Sun, Nov. 27 Japan vs. Costa Rica 5 a.m. 

Sun, Nov. 27 Spain vs. Germany 2 p.m. 

Thurs, Dec. 1 Japan vs. Spain 2 p.m. 

Thurs, Dec. 1 Costa Rica vs. Germany 2 p.m.

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