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TSN.ca 2014 World Cup Previews: Group E

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TSN.ca Staff
6/6/2014 3:50:37 PM
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Every day leading up to the eve of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, TSN.ca will be previewing one of the eight participating groups. Today, the previews continue with Group E featuring Karim Benzema and France, Xherdan Shaqiri's Switzerland, Antonio Valencia and Ecuador and Honduras with Wilson Palacios. Check back on Monday for Group F.

Just 10 days before opening the tournament against Ecuador, Les Bleus received word that talisman Franck Ribery would be out of the tournament with a back injury. How will Didier Deschamps's charges respond without their best player and can an Antoine Greizmann or Loic Remy step up in his absence?

Click here for the France team preview

Switzerland was the only team able to inflict defeat on eventual winners Spain at the 2010 World Cup, but were unable to pass the group stage and then failed to qualify for Euro 2012. Can the Swiss progress out of Group E to turn the page for the national program?

Click here for the Switzerland team preview

Going into Brazil with the death of teammate Christian Benitez fresh in their minds, can the Tricolor rally around their fallen comrade and honour his memory with a trip to the Round of 16?

Click here for the Ecuador team preview

In 2010, Honduras hoped that a return to the World Cup after 28 years would result in the nation's first-ever win. Instead, they didn't score a goal. Will Brazil be the place where Honduras finally records a World Cup victory?

Click here for the Honduras team preview

France celebrates (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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