Major favorites to win the football world cup in Russia 2018
So the confederations cup has come to an end with players returning to their respective clubs for preseason friendly prior to another eventful season. With all the qualifiers out of the way, football lovers around the globe will shift their attention to the world cup in Russia 2018. It is the perfect time to look ahead and weigh up the chances of the favorites to win the title next year. Let’s look at the number national teams that are all set to take the football world by storm in Russia.
Can the Germans hold on to the title?
The topic of Germany’s title retention will be on the lips of every football fan. The indomitable German squad totally outshone and outperformed major national teams in Brazil 2014. Renowned for their consistency on international level, the title contenders have not changed much in terms of squad structure except for a few new additions. Having won the confederations cup with what was essentially the youngest squad in German football history, the Germans are in better shape than ever to challenge their title. A combination of experienced cup winners and emerging crop of young talent looks set to repeat 2014 feat.
Hold on to that thought, the French are here to conquer
Although consistency is not France’s strongest point, they would still be heading to Russia in high spirits. The likes of Griezmann, Pogba and Kante are performing at world class level for club competition and are poised to strike gold for the country. The depth and potential of the French squad is breadth taking to say the least. They do have a real match winner in the most sought after prospect, Kylian Mbappe. French Football team is credited with producing historic individuals who have stepped up to deliver big on international level. It’s worth noting that France currently trails Sweden in world cup qualifier group on goal difference.
Will Brazil settle scores with Germany?
Football fans around the globe went into a meltdown when Brazil made an early exit in the group stage from Copa America. With Naymer out injured, Brazilians were clearly out of their depth seemed to lack any serious inspiration upfront. A lot has changed for Brazil since the Copa America failure. Tite’s appointment as the head coach as given everyone in the squad a much-needed lift. As has been seen throughout the world cup qualifiers, team’s overall performance has improved dramatically. With four matches to go in the qualifiers, Brazil has qualified for Russia and sits top in the group. In order for Brazil to win the tournament, they will need top players like Neymar and Coutinho to be at the top of their game.
Will it finally be the year of Argentina?
Over the years, world cup tournament brought to fore many amazing talents. For the little magician, Messy, world cup has not brought too many fond memories. In tournament after tournament, Messi bears all the expectations, only to be bogged down by the responsibilities. Not surprisingly, supporters become growingly upset when the star-studded Argentinean line up fail to score. However, nobody in their right mind would write off the chances for team comprised of Messi, Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain. As counterintuitive as it may sound, the world’s most worshipped player has a point to prove in the international arena. As it stands Argentina lies fifth in the qualification table and is looking down at play-off game to reach Russia. Much of the trouble faced by Argentina has been due to the underperformance of various star players in the squad. Hopefully, the magic of Messi will shine through this time around.
Spaniards always bring surprises
Spain was crowned thrice in Major tournaments between 2008 and 2012. The giants of football at the time are even credited with introducing Tiki-taka which received worldwide recognition. However, things have taken downward spiral for Spain. Later on in 2014 Spaniards became only a shadow of their former selves as they made an early exit at the Euros. To make matters worse, Spain has also lost four of their last seven matches in different championships. Ever since Julen Lopetegui replaced Vicente Del Bosque as the team manager, things have taken a positive turn. Spain promises to bring a sublime blend of experience and youthfulness to the tournament next year. The prospect of facing players who practice their trade in big clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich can still frighten any opponent in football world.
With a point to prove,