The Group of Death is now a World Cup tradition. Most commentators immediately handed the title to Group G, which includes Brazil, Ivory Coast and Portugal. But keen observers of the game suspect that Group D is likely to be where the real action is.
As top seed, Germany’s position is undisputed thanks to a glittering World Cup history. However, they do not have the strongest squad in world football and one of Africa’s top teams, Ghana should be good enough to challenge them.
Add Serbia to the mix – a technically strong side that was impressive in European qualifying – and it is already difficult to predict who will qualify for the second round.
Australia may not seem like a great team on paper, but their performances at the last World Cup show they can give anyone a tough game.
Group D has four teams, each capable of taking points off the other. Now that’s a real Group of Death.