The FIFA World Cup in Qatar is fast approaching, and anticipation for this showcase is growing. Football teams from around the globe will come together to contest for the biggest prize in football.
Many international football teams have been waiting for four years to prove that they are the best. How do the teams stack up, and who is the favourite? In this article, we give you all the info you need to be in the know of who is in contention for the biggest prize.
Who are the outright favourites?
A European Champions, Italy. Some teams have shown that they are ready for the world cup finals, while others have faltered. Italy fell in their World Cup playoff game against North Macedonia. The Italian team lost 0-1.
The outright favourites to win the FIFA 2022 world cup are France, Germany, England, Spain, Brazil and Argentina. Other teams showing the potential of winning the world cup are Belgium, Portugal, and Croatia making a good case.
These are some of the teams we think will impact the world cup.
Germany is coached by Hans-Dieter “Hansi” Flick, who replaced the German world cup winning Coach Joachim Löw after the UEFA Euro 2020.
Germany has been able to field a strong squad for the last 20-years, and this year is no different. In their team, you will find formidable players like Antonio Rudiger, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer and Joshua Kimmich. They can also rely on their young German stars like Kai Havertz, Leroy Sane and Jamal Musiala, to name a few.
The Brazilians are well known in the footballing world, and they have lifted the FIFA world cup a record five times. In Brazil’s last 27 fixtures, they have only lost twice to arch-rivals Argentina. Brazil ranks second in the FIFA rankings. Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, who is also referred to as ‘Tite,’ is the coach of the Brazilians.
In the Brazilian squad, there are impressive names who are eager to lift the world cup for the sixth time. There are plenty of stars in the Brazil lineup, but these three players should be watched closely: Philippe Coutinho, youngster Vinicius Jr, and the most talented player in the squad Neymar.
Brazil’s last four world cups have fallen short of the finals because of European teams. To turn this around and life the cup in Qatar, they will have to overcome some of the top teams in Europe.
France is the FIFA world cup champion. They boast an impressive squad with Paul Pogba, Karim Benzema, and Kylian Mpappe leading the attack. They have also won the Nations League in November. Didier Deschamps is the coach and hopes for another world cup win.
Fernando Santos is the leading man in charge of Portugal as they go to the world cup. It’s the last world cup that will feature CR7, so they have it all to play. They convincingly won North Macedonia, which eliminated European Champions Italy. They also have a great squad with Christiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Jota, and Bernardo Silva. It’s the last world cup that will feature CR7, so they have it all to play.
It’s turning out that the world cup 2022 in Qutar will be a memorable one. There are a lot of contenders this year, and for the first time, there isn’t a clear cut favourite. Furthermore, this is the last world cup for Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo, who are considered the world’s best players. Our picks above are just the warm-up, and the real deal in November will be much more fun.