The countdown begins. Completed the chess of the 32 nations that will dispute the most atypical FIFA World Cup, without a doubt the focus of greatest attention will be on Germany and Brazil, even other powerful ones whose circumstances could also settle the most competitive fair that is remembered for decades in terms of potential lift the splendid trophy in Qatar 2022.
Although it will have its longest absence – the four-time champion Italy – since it is played with at least 16 nations, the most influential fair in any sport promises a high competitive level due to exceptional factors, including the calendar of this event (November-December).
Although it is not time to deepen predictions with almost five months remaining for the whistle in the Arabian Peninsula, it is time for some budget after completing the groups.
Although the absence of the transalpines has been a blow not only for the nation, but also for world football, a much more equitable level by selections that will be presented now, with greater options even for a great surprise, is no less certain.
the great colossi
After the earthquake in the 2018 World Cup due to its untimely exit in the group stage, at the hands of South Korea!, the customarily feared Germany arrives ready to return to the forefront of the great event. These Teutons are always the greatest expression of pure football, and to kill them requires exceptional weapons. Tough on each flank, with Thomas Mueller and Manuel Neuer already legends.
Although his greatest figure is diluted in ambiguities about his immediate future with his parties and slump at the league level – the case of Neymar (always much better with Brazil), the auriverde returns full to fight for the FIFA title. He is endorsed by a constellation of stars all over the field.
Along with Italy, those two teams are by far the synonym of universal football, so except for accidents, they always swarm the path of the most coveted title that the world sport of nations has.
Let no one be deceived. This may turn out to be the most plethoric World Cup in terms of true candidates to lift the “massif” of gold. The monarch France and the very silent, but scavenger Argentina today are the great antithesis of a sport that continues to be treacherous.
The most powerful France that could be seen arrives at an ideal moment, due to the mixed make-up of its squad loaded with super stars and that are qualified by Killian Mbappé, Karim Benzema, but whose results (without wins in four games, negative goals index) of Nations League worry.
The Argentina of the much-vituperated Lionel Messi –the Copa América title saves his honor a little-, today happens to be a squad that “is not scary”, but it is more successful than all the squads of the post-Diego Maradona era. He has not lost since 2019 (33 games).
Another candidate for the Cup is England, plagued by stars erected in the immediate present (perhaps immature for the challenge) and veterans -Harry Kane- who perform at the highest world standard. Despite the disaster in the Nations League (last in its group), it could be the most compact offense and defense.
But Holland and Spain should not be ruled out as potential title holders either, especially Clockwork Orange (large accumulated debt and sweeping the Nations League). Watch out for Memphis Depay and this great offense! And an Iberian brimming with rising talent, led by Pedri.
There are three other teams, such as the runner-up Croatia (mediocre performance in the Nations League), Uruguay and Denmark, which will surely give a lot of water to drink. They complete the “top ten” of the World Cup, subject to a detailed analysis below.