Right from grooving to the beats of Jason Derulo in the opening ceremony to witnessing nail-biting matches being played, 2018 FIFA World Cup has all the football fans entangled in their own paradise. Brazil and Switzerland have fired their way into the Group of 16 and we know for a fact Serbia did try their best! If you’ve been following Pickyourtrail’s series – ‘The Footie Hub‘, then you can easily guess what’s up next. Here’s a read on the countries clumped under Group E. Take a read and get enlightened on the best players and the best places to visit in the respective countries.
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Bundled with drama and chaos after sacking Coach Dunga and replacing him with Coach Tite- Brazil qualified for the 2018 World Cup after showing excellent character on the field. The squad boasts of the deadly trio in the striking end with the likes of Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus. With so many starts to watch out for, it’s a given fact the Brazil matches will be a delight to watch indeed.
Famous hubs in Brazil:
Ouro Preto UNESCO Heritage Site
Lençóis Maranhenses desert
Fernando de Noronha marine
Chapada Diamantina National Park
Switzerland was made to play the playoff after a nerve-cracking tie against Portugal – which deprived their opportunity of an automatic qualification. Not losing hope and confidence, the Swiss side managed to qualify to the top tournaments. Their entry into the 2018 World Cup was no different. The AC Milan star Ricardo Rodríguez is expected to make use of every opportunity thrown in his way, which will help the Swiss side to end up in the round of 16 atleast.
Famous hubs in Switzerland:
Oeschinen Lake – Toboggan run
Titlis Cliff Walking
Jungfrau train ride
Quick read: Top adventurous things to do in Switzerland
3. Costa Rica
After beating the United States in their home and away match, the Ticos made their way into the 2018 World Cup. Headed by Óscar Ramírez, who also is a former Croatian player, Costa Rica is enriched with talented players. Keylor Navas, Real-Madrid’s goalkeeper is without a doubt the Croatian side’s star player. Placed in a challenging group will not stop the Ticos to qualify for the round of 16, given their never settle attitude.
Famous hubs in Costa Rica:
Corcovado National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park
The Serbian side is highly noticed for firing the managers back to back. Even though the attack isn’t top notch, the team is balanced- both on paper and field. The Serbian side has the right amount of team morality with Aleksandar Mitrovic, Nemanja Matic, being the major backbones of the side. Current coach Mladen Krstajić will have to work out his magic if he wants to keep his managerial position intact.
Famous hubs in Serbia:
The Skull Tower of Nis
Uvac River Meanders
Belgrade Tesla Museum
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