The 2022 World Cup in Qatar promises so much, and we have all the info you need about Group E. We, here at LordOfOdds, have info about each team in Group E, including Spain, Germany and Japan, their players, coaches and how they got to the group stage. Also, we have the schedule of games for the group, and we answer your questions, too.
This year’s competition kicks off in Qatar on November 21, with the Group E teams as strong as any. Check out all you need to know about some of the best teams in the world. You can also take a look at our betting on the World Cup with bet365 page and see what this operator has to offer.
Group E Teams
Group E features some fascinating teams. Just two of these teams will make it out of the group stage. It’ll require some effort to meet England, Brazil, or France in the later games. We have all the info you need on each team in Group E.
Spain is the fourth-favourite when it comes to the odds, and that reflects what a good team they are. However, bear in mind that the odds are constantly changing.
- Coach: Luis Enrique. A leader on the pitch for Spain back in the day, now the manager of the team.
- Players: The Spanish team is dominated by those from their top domestic league. Aymeric Laporte, Jordi Alba, Dani Carvajal, Koke, Pedri, Rodri and Ferran Torres may all feature.
- Qualification Results: Spain won 6, drew 1 and lost 1 of their eight qualifiers. They topped Group B ahead of Sweden and Greece.
- Last World Cup: Spain made the last edition in 2018. They also won it in 2010.
Germany features very highly in the odds, as we’d expect. They won the tournament in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014.
- Coach: Hansi Flick. The Heidelberg man only took over the team in 2021, having been assistant to the previous coach. He won his first game in charge 2-0.
- Players: Germany features several representatives from the Premier League in England. Antonio Rudiger, Robin Koch, Kai Havertz, Ilkay Gundogan and Timo Werner all play there. The bulk of the team plays in the Bundesliga, including Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller and Leroy Sane.
- Qualification Results: Germany won Group J. They won 9 of their ten games, averaging 3.6 goals per game.
- Last World Cup: Germany made the last edition in 2018 but did not make it beyond the group stage. They lost 2 of their three group games.
Japan are outsiders according to William Hill’s odds for this year’s competition, but they can be dangerous.
- Coach: Hajime Moriyasu. A veteran of the game as both a player and manager.
- Players: In Takumi Minamino and Reo Hatate, Japan has players in both the Premier League in England and the Scottish Premier League too. They have players playing in other top world leagues.
- Qualification Results: Japan did well with their qualifiers. In a league featuring Saudi Arabia (1st) and Australia (3rd), Japan finished second. They won 7, drew 1 and lost just 2 of their games.
- Last World Cup: Japan made the 2018 edition, though they lost 3-2 to Belgium in the last-16 having got through the group stage.
Costa Rica played New Zealand on June 14 in Qatar for the last place in Group E. It was a one-off game.
- Coach: Luis Fernando Suarez
- Players: Keylor Navas is the well-known Costa Rica goalkeeper, still playing major league football in Europe.
- Qualification Results: In the CONCACAF qualifiers, Costa Rica finished fourth behind Canada, Mexico and USA. They won their one-off game against New Zealand, who won all three games in their group stage before beating Tahiti and Solomon Islands to make it to Qatar for the last qualifying game.
- Last World Cup: Costa Rica made the group stage of the 2018 edition.
Group E Match Schedule
Group E gets going in Qatar on November 23, two days into the group stage. Here’s what the teams face, game by game:
- November 23 – Germany v Japan. 01:00 (November 24, NZ Time).
- November 23 – Spain v Costa Rica. 04:00 (November 24, NZ Time).
- November 27 – Japan v Costa Rica. 22:00.
- November 27 – Spain v Germany. 07:00 (November 28, NZ Time).
- December 1 – Japan v Spain. 07:00 (December 2, NZ Time).
- December 1 – Costa Rica v Germany. 07:00 (December 2, NZ Time).
Group E will be a tough one for Japan. Both Germany and Spain are two of the top teams in the world, along with England, France and Brazil.
After this group stage, the winner of Group E plays the runner-up from Group F on December 5, while the Group E runner-up plays the Group F winner on December 6.
New Zealand at the 2022 World Cup
Unfortunately, New Zealand team has not qualified for Group E. The last of their qualifiers took place on June 14, a one-off game in Qatar against Costa Rica.
New Zealand dominated their own group stage games in the OFC qualifiers. They have lost a precious few, with star striker Chris Wood the main man.
Given the presence of Germany and Spain, Group E looks like a belter. The group is one of the strongest at this year’s competition in Qatar, making things difficult for Japan as well as Costa Rica.
To make it through to face the likes of Brazil, Argentina, France or England, the teams here will have to be at their very best in each and every game.
Group E FAQ
Your top Qatar World Cup questions are answered here.
There are eight groups in the first round of the World Cup, groups A-H. The top-rated teams in each group are the Netherlands, England, Argentina, France, Spain, Belgium, Brazil and Portugal.
No, New Zealand lost to Costa Rica in Qatar on June 14, who went on to qualify for Group E in November.
The World Cup in Qatar runs from November 21 to December 18, 2022.
Yes, the last AFC team played Peru on 13th June, while New Zealand played Costa Rica on June 14. 32 teams have now made the group stage in November.