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Germany won't fear anyone

World Cup Group F
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 By John Duerden

South Korea, Son Heung-Min face tall order to escape hardest group

Ian Darke leads the ESPN panel in predicting the 2018 World Cup winner with names of Germany, Brazil, France and England among the list.
The ESPN FC panel discuss Group F, which contains Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.

The 2018 World Cup is just over a month away, and all 32 teams are preparing in earnest for their shot at the trophy in Russia. ESPN FC is previewing every team ahead of the opening game on June 14. Find all 32 teams here.

Who they are

Captain: Ki Sung-Yueng
Manager: Shin Tae-Yong
Nickname: The Taeguk Warriors
FIFA rank (as of April 12, 2018): 61

How they qualified

South Korea limped through the final round of Asian qualification and were helped over the line more by the failings of others...



Malaysia to learn from AFC U23 success - Ong Kim Swee

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discuss Pep Guardiola's promise to visit JDT if Manchester City win the Premier League title.

Malaysia head coach Ong Kim Swee returned to Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, having told his players that they must learn from their run to the quarterfinals of the AFC U23 Championship in China.

The Young Tigers' stint at the continental championship came to an end on Saturday, but not before putting in an impressive performance against South Korea.

The narrow 2-1 defeat to the Koreans suggested their place in the last eight had been deserved.

N. Thanalaban's goal midway through the second half gave Malaysia...

Malaysia pipped by South Korea in AFC U23 quarterfinal

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discuss Pep Guardiola's promise to visit JDT if Manchester City win the Premier League title.
Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts break down Malaysia U23's upcoming fixtures against Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Jordan.
PJ Roberts delves into JDT's recent signings that will strengthen the Malaysian champions in 2018.

Han Seung-Gyu shattered Malaysia's dreams with a late goal for South Korea to send Ong Kim Swee's side home from the AFC U23 Championship on Saturday evening after a 2-1 quarterfinal victory in Kunshan, China.

It sets up a semifinal meeting for the Koreans with Uzbekistan, who thrashed Japan 4-0 in the last eight.

Ulsan Hyundai midfielder Han burst through the tiring Malaysian defence to claim the winner in the 85th minute of an enthralling clash.

Ong's team had fought back from going behind to...

Ong says Malaysia can match South Korea in AFC quarters

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson discuss Pep Guardiola's promise to visit JDT if Manchester City win the Premier League title.

Malaysia head coach Ong Kim Swee has told his players to forget the historical significance of their run to the quarterfinals of the 2018 AFC U23 Championship and focus on their crunch clash with South Korea on Saturday.

Malaysia clinched a surprise place in the last eight of the continental competition on their debut appearance, thanks to a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia, which saw them advance from Group C.

But while Ong appreciates the significance of the team's performance, he has called for an end...

South Korea thrash South Korea in Tokyo to win East Asian title

The ESPN FC panel discuss Group F, which contains Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.

South Korea handed fellow 2018 World Cup finalists Japan a brutal 4-1 home thrashing on Saturday night as Kim Shin-Wook inspired Shin Tae-Yong's side to a come-from-behind win that sealed a successful defence of the East Asian Championship title.

J.League Player of the Year Yu Kobayashi gave Japan a third minute lead from the penalty spot in Tokyo. But Kim's double, and goals from Jung Woo-young and Yeom Ki-Hun's deflected free-kick, earned the South Koreans an emphatic and historic win.

The defeat...