Table of Spain, Germany, Japan and Costa Rica

Neither Spain nor Germany would lose sight of their group mates Japan and Costa Rica when the quartet canceled their participation in Group E for the 2022 World Cup in November.

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Japan reached the last 16 at the last World Cup and gave Belgium everything they could handle before exiting 3-2, while Costa Rica surprised everyone in 2014 when they climbed to the top of Group D with England, Italy and Uruguay, then beat Greece. In the round of 16.

Of course, Spanish coach Luis Enrique and Germany’s Hansi Flick will imagine themselves as the favorites to get out of the group, but anything can happen in Qatar.

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Below is everything you need to know about the 2022 FIFA World Cup Group E.


Group E schedule (all times are Eastern Time)

November 23: Germany – Japan – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 8 am
November 23: Spain vs Costa Rica – Al Thumama Stadium, Doha – 11 am
November 27: Japan vs Costa Rica – Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan – 5:00 am
November 27: Spain vs Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm
December 1: Japan vs Spain – Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan – 2 pm
December 1: Costa Rica vs Germany – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 2pm

When: 22-30 November 2022
Group stage matches begin: 5 AM, 8 AM, 11 AM, 2 PM
Site: Qatar
TV channel: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock


Spain

Current FIFA World Ranking: 6
World Cup titles: 1 (2010)
Number of participations in the World Cup: 16
How they qualified: UEFA automatic qualification (1st place)
Coach: Luis Enrique
Main players: Rodri, Pedri, Pau Torres, Jordi Alba

Germany

Current FIFA World Ranking: 11
World Cup titles: 4 times (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014).
Number of participations in the World Cup: 20
How they qualified: UEFA automatic qualification (1st place)
Coach: Hansi Flick
Key players: Manuel Neuer, Antonio Rudiger, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka

Costa Rica

Current FIFA World Ranking: 34
World Cup titles: 0
Number of participations in the World Cup: 5
How Qualified: Qualified by CONCACAF via Inter-Association Qualification
Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez
Key Players: Keylor Navas, Joel Campbell, Celso Borges, Brian Ruiz

Japan

Current FIFA World Ranking: 24
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup participations: 7
How to Qualify: Automatically Qualified by the AFC
Coach: Hajime Moriyasu
Key players: Maya Yoshida, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Takumi Minamino, Daiichi Kamada

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