Which country or countries are most likely to win the World Cup next?
What is the best team to ever win the World Cup?
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Spains attack doesnt have as many big names as Argentinas but Diego Costa is as good as the old Torres and both Isco and Asensio are capable of deciding matches on their own. Iago Aspas is an exciting wild card to watch for as well.
They were impressive in the way they dominated the ball for long periods against Russia and deservedly came through that game despite the fortuitous manner in which they ultimately secured the victory. Yet it will be of concern to manager Zlatko Dalic just how swiftly they folded under the pressure of the hosts extra-time onslaught, having worked so hard to establish a lead in the game.
-Teams that are going to make great performances even though they are not in the spotlight right now.
Im sure Iniesta and his friends still have more to prove.
There are many title contenders for the 2018 Fifa world cup held in Russia.
Brazil,the South-American giants have a great side led by the third best player in the world Neymar. They would surely like to repay their fans for the humiliating semi-final defeat to Germany in the last world cup.
Germany, the last world cup winners would surely like to defend their title. However, they lack a bit of finishing edge because of the retirement of their record goal scoring striker Miroslav Klose, but play makers like Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos, Marco Reus and fresh talents like Kimmich, Julian Draxler fill up this weakness. Also the retirement of Philipp Lahm has posed a great responsibility on current Captain Manuel Neuer.
Four years ago, nobody would have guessed defending-title Spain being eliminated in the group stage, Costa Rica surprsing the world while defeating Uruguay, Italy and Enlgand in the death group nor Brazil losing in its home by 7 goals to 1 against an unstoppable German team. And thats why Brazil 2014 FIFA WC was one of the best ever: It was unpredictable. The only two teams which met the predictions were champions Germany and finalists Argentina, and even this pair didnt play at their best level: Germany was the best team troughout the tournament but it had difficults while playing against weaker teams such as Ghana and Algeria,; while Argentina won all of its matches just because of a 1-goal difference despite it had the best player in the world.
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There are other contenders likeBelgiumandPortugal. However Italy and Chiles absence would surely be felt.
Argentina is Argentina, despite losing in the key matches, the team always managed to give quality flashes and reach three consecutive finals after 25 years of bad performances.
Nigeria is in a group next to the always Argentina candidate, the team that everyone loves: Iceland and the star-studded Croatia. Nobody talks about them. Today, Nigeria is not even among the 32 best in the FIFA Ranking. However, the Super Eagles have that seasoning that makes the South Americans great and the Europeans lack: passion. Any South American knows that in a duel between a team with passion and a team with star players, the one that plays to die will always win. And in their international performances they have shown passion. In spite of their bad moment, they will go along with Argentina to the Round of 16 and will make the game difficult for all their opponents. After all, they beat Argentina 4-2 4 months ago.
However, the Spanish golden age seemed to have a clear end to be eliminated in the group stage of the last World Cup in Brazil.
What will also be worrying for their supporters is that by far their most complete performance of the tournament so far came back in their second match the 3-0 destruction of Argentina.
Everything points out to European win once more. If they win again, for the first time in history, Europe will be that dominant.
Who do you see winning the FIFA World Cup 2018?
Like you mentioned, France is a very obvious first choice when it comes to world cup performance. The French national team just go from strength to strength in every position and with the amount of young talent that is flooding french football academies I see them winning the next world cup as well. To give you a brief rundown of some of their best players i will list them below:
Teams with expectations that really will not satisfy them.
According to tradition, European one.
Effective, fast and imposing: the historical characteristics of Brazil that managed to recover. Luckily for football, Brazil returns to please with his game. Could Neymar Jr. raise the cup at the Luzhinki Olympic Stadium next July? Only time knows, but I think its the most likely. (I hope not)
The Croatia-England semi-final is an extremely hard game to call. Of the four teams left, Gareth Southgates men have surely had the easiest route to this stage. But you can only beat whats in front of you, and the Three Lions have done that fairly well so far. Croatia will certainly make them work harder off the ball but England have a confidence and momentum that could take them all the way now.
And granted, Englands defence has not been perfect, but the Three Lions will be licking their lips at how easily Mrio Figueira Fernandes was able to head home Alan Dzagoevs free kick to secure a dramatic late extra-time equaliser for Russia on Saturday night.
Well, this was pretty obvious to choose. Under the mandate of Joachim Low more than ten years ago, Germany has formed a unique generation of players that will remain as one of the best national teams in history. In this way, Germany has undoubtedly become the greatest power in the world of football. And the culmination of this German odyssey was clearly on July 14, 2014, when in the Maracana Stadium in front of 80000 people crowned world champions for the fourth time. A long road with a satisfaction.
France, BelgiumandBrazilare the better teams at one side. Among them Belgium have the highest possibility of qualifying to the final given their current 22 games unbeaten form and they have been scoring many goals thanks to the likes ofEdenHazard,Kevin de bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.
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The euphoria turned up several notches though and that will, presumably, keep energy levels high before they face an England team they will fancy beating. Their technical quality in midfield is as good as anything remaining in the tournament but, as Russia showed, a brisk tempo might cause them difficulty.
Perhaps, contrary to the critics sentiments, they are actually finally starting to fulfil their undoubted potential as a team.
This victory and the change of face for Brazil that led was largely thanks to the new coach Tite, who reaffirmed the new football strength of Brazil through the successful eliminatory and friendly.
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This defeat distanced Spain from the spotlight of the soccer world, but it also produced a healthy renewal with the arrival of Julen Lopetegui as director. Lopetegui through strategic changes has achieved in the last year to get that technical efficiency that led to the Red Fury to the highest in 2010. With great performances of Iniesta and Isco, the Spaniards returned to give soccer classes in the eliminatory and in the last friendly matches. If you are not sure of the Spanish renovation, just look at the last two games against the finalists Germany and Argentina, which won (to Argentina 6-1). The total pressure of the Spaniards leaves the opponents without possibility or vision of game, added to their precise attack and their unbreakable defense constitutes the solid Spanish football base that, to continue like this, will calmly manage to take the Spanish national team to the top by second time.
At first, France was my main candidate. I have come to state publicly that I could bet anything that Les Blues would win the tournament. However, the last two games they played made France lower in my ranking of candidates. Is that France has a problem similar to that of Belgium: lack of passion and synchronization between players. But unlike the Belgians, this situation is reversible.
It is bit of a theme among those remaining but Croatia are yet to completely convince and, as they sweated on a second successive shootout win on Saturday night, the ease with which they disposed of Argentina in the group stage looked a distant memory.
If this question was who do you want to win the World Cup? My answer would be Argentina because Messis career is too special to be burdened by four final losses in a row. And as a die hard Messi fan it would shut all the Messi haters up.
Croatia have managed to reach the 2018 World Cup semi-finals without winning a single knockout game in normal or extra time.
The last European champions simply are not a team with chances to win a World Cup. Having Cristiano Ronaldo is interesting, but not enough. The improvement of the collective game in the last few years will only help to pass the group stage, but I risk saying that they will lose in the second round, probably against Uruguay.
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On the other hand, I feel that Argentina could finally win. They had a rough qualification phase, Messi is still going strong and I think they are very close to finding balance in the team, for the first time after, God knows how many years.
For those who ask what my team is, I am Argentine and I will support the Argentine Soccer Team of course. Since the defeat against Germany in the last World Cup, Argentina has lost the finals of two consecutive America Cups against Chile (which did not even qualify to the World Cup). Accusations have crossed from one side to another, the fans began to get nervous about the game of the team, 3 technical directors in 3 years led and fail in the selection and even Messi has threatened to leave the team. This unique generation of players like Messi, Aguero, Di Maria and Mascherano has not yet been able to get a title, losing finals in 2007, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The pressure is greater every time. After a bad performance in the qualifiers, Argentina secured its place in the World Cup in the last match against Ecuador. When it seemed that qualifying for Russia 2018 had improved performance and collective mood, the defeat against Nigeria 4-2 in November and the humiliation of losing 6-1 to Spain two weeks ago again showed the many defensive and offensive failures of the team. My fears of being eliminated in the round of 16 or in the quarterfinals are becoming more concrete. With this context, why is Argentina still a candidate to win the World Cup?
Can Russia win the FIFA World Cup 2018?
Two-time winners wont really do a great performance in this WC. Despite its big names such as Cavani or Suarez, Uruguay has shown a loss of its football level in recent years. Despite its great performance in South Africa 2010 and its victory in the Copa America Argentina 2011, this generation of great world-class players such as Forlan, Suarez, Cavani, Muslera and Godn seems to have no more to show as a team. I risk saying that there will again be controversy surrounding its elimination (probably in the quarterfinals).
The 2018 World Cup reaches at its final week with four European nations remaining in a tournament that has captured the imagination. The nerve-wracking thought about what we will do with ourselves once it is over can wait, because two well-matched semi-finals await.
Central midfielders: Acuña and Bustos.
BTW, Viva Argentina Carajo! Vamos Messi!
However, the offensive aggressiveness and the accuracy of the German game has declined slightly since 2014, probably due to the wear and tear of this golden generation. In addition, we can say that the rest of the teams (especially Argentina and Brazil) are fed up with the German football hegemony and will give everything to prevent the Teutons from rising again with the cup.
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England have so far scored eight goals from set pieces the most since Portugal in 1966 and they will likely be confident of adding to that tally against an unconvincing Croatian backline.
Nevertheless at the end of the day it is the victory of the most loved sport in the world, so rest assured for an enthralling world cup ahead.
Nevertheless, two factors would appear to give England the edge. The reason Croatia have struggled to make their dominance count at times could be attributed to a slight lack of cutting edge in the final third, where they do not possess a finisher as lethal as Harry Kane.
If Muller, Draxler, Neuer and company manage to regain control over the rest of the football world, Russia 2018 will be their fifth WC and they will reach Brazil as the greatest winners of all time. Thus, the phrase football is a sport in which Germans always win would be a fact.
And the list above was just to name a few. I missed out a few young players because im not sure some of them will get a start in the french national team such as Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir. Bakayoko and many more. So you see if you are looking for a team with strength and reliability everywhere, your best bet is the French national team.
Now, lets start with the prediction itself.
All football fans know the hard road that Spain had to travel under the direction of Luis Aragons and Vicente del Bosque to forget their frustrated past by winning several international tournaments one after another, including the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010. That memorable goal scored by Iniesta at the Soccer City Stadium in the Netherlands at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg remains the biggest soccer milestone for Spain.
Xavi is gone but Iniesta is still world class and Busquet is still as classy as ever. In Xavis void, Spain have Thiago, David Silva, Koke and Saul to choose from. You can almost throw any 3 or 4 players from that list together and it would be a world beater midfield.
May Sampaoli reflect and make these changes that will surely give the team a change of scenery and manage to reinforce the possibilities of Argentina to go far.
Pique and Ramos is probably the best central defender pair this World Cup the only weakness is there temperament, with both being known to have hot heads. Cavajal is one of the best right backs in the world and Alba should rival Marcello to be the best left back in the world. Behind those four, Spain have talent such as Nacho and Azpilicueta in reserve.
Paul Pogba, Ngolo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Frank Ribery, Hatem Ben Arfa, Dmitri Payet, Mathieu Valbuena
If we fail again again, it may be the biggest failure of a generation in soccer history. Messi, passion and hunger for glory are the factors that can put Argentina back on top of football after 32 years. This will only happen if the necessary changes are made. And that is, stop calling the disaster of Gonzalo Higuain and completely change the midfield.
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It is still impossible to ignore the thought that they are playing within themselves, though, and more moments like those Kylian Mbapp served up against Argentina will probably be required against Belgium, in what could be a scintillating shootout between the tournaments best counterattacking sides. France have a feel of a team that can raise their game as the stakes get higher.
With football quality ready, Didier Deschamps will only need to psychologically prepare his world class players through motivational talks that encourage the team spirit. Thus, the French national team will again give flashes of quality and will rise with its second World Cup in history.
De Gea is probably the best goalkeeper in the world at this moment, given that Neuer has missed most of the season through injury and we still dont know if hes the same old Neuer. (Germanys number 2, ter Stegen, is not far behind those two, though.)
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My second choice would beGermany. They have just a tad fewer big names than Spain do, but as a team, theyre always stronger than the sum of their individuals.
From the other side of the tableCroatiaorSpainshould make it to the finals. Spain has more chances than Croatia given their overwhelming midfield strength with the likes ofIniesta, Isco and David Silva. They also have lot of options when compared to Croatia.
While it is difficult to think of a better defensive midfielder in the world than NGolo Kante and Hugo Lloris is a goalkeeper with a wealth of experience at international level who is widely considered as being in the top bracket of goalkeepers at the elite level.
Even so, the champions of the title remain the most technically effective team in the world and each of the 23 players summoned constitutes a threat to the rest of the world.
Unlike in most of their previous matches, against Croatia, they might have to endure lengthy spells without the ball a midfield featuring Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic is always going to be stronger than one anchored by Jordan Henderson, who is a good professional, but hardly on the level of the Croatian duo in terms of skill and ability.
Argentina has many players who shine in Europe but none compare to Lionel Messi. Definitely one of the best players in the history of football, Lio will not leave for any reason that he and his golden generation of players who play together since 2007 lose their last chance to be world champions. As Aguero said, no one in the team imagines a situation other than winning the World Cup.
There are question marks over their defence and Didier Deschamps tactical. Yet in terms of the spine of the team and depth of talent in every position, no other country at the World Cup can match the French sides prowess.
Can Brazil win the FIFA World Cup 2018?
Now, France is without a doubt one of the top candidates to shout champions in Russia next July 13. This was possible thanks to the great renovation of players that we have seen in the last years. Names that shine in Europe as Griezmann, Mbappe, Lloris, Pogba, Payet, Giroud, Koscielny, Matuidi and Martial are part of a large group of players that make up this promising list of top-level footballers. France has managed to form not one or two but 3 teams of players between holders, substitutes and reserves who are qualified to play a FIFA World Cup.
Oh, and about passion; Well, I do not think its something that Brazil doesnt have.
Which team will win the 2018 FIFA World Cup?
So mostly finals will be betweenBelgium and Spainwhere Belgiums strong forwards will be tested against Sapins midfield.Belgiumare not good with handling pressure in important matches. If they find a way to overcome that they will win or else the experiencedSpainwill winFIFA WC 2018.
But, after Spain emerged victorious in S. Africa, Germany won in BRAZIL, making it 3 in the row for Europeans (Italy won in 2006).
And while they enjoyed similar good fortune in the second half against Brazil with contentious decisions going their way and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois needing to be in top form, beating the country many identified as favourites for the World Cup felt like a serious statement and went against the narrative put forward by naysayers, which portrayed this generation of Belgian players as too ego-driven and unreliable to prevail when the pressure is on.
Now, finally, my top 5 definitive candidate teams to win this FIFA World Cup.
Player for player, there is a strong case to be made for Belgium being the best side at the World Cup. Would anyone have stood a chance against Belgiums first-half evisceration of Brazil? Their front three were irresistible and in the process answered the lingering questions about Roberto Martnezs ability to mastermind success on this stage.
They have struggled to emulate that level ever since. Moreover, while England enjoyed a straightforward, comfortable 2-0 quarter-final win over Sweden, the Russia game appeared to take a lot out of Croatia, with several players picking up knocks and struggling badly with fatigue by the end of extra-time.
The wild cards would beBelgium
Martnez got his set-up spot on and, if he is similarly tuned into Frances weaknesses, his team has an outstanding chance of making the final although Didier Deschamps will spy some susceptibility at the back, particularly when faced with pace.
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But this fall I can already see that Russia 2018 is going to be totally different. I guess the strongest candidates are going to live up to expectations while we are not seeing teams such as Costa Rica, Panama, Iceland nor Morocco doing incredible performances again. This doesnt mean the WC is going to be worse than last one though. There are teams that have incredibly increased their level in the last 4 years and many big names will be playing under the russian sky in two months.
Well, until 2010 and World Cup in Africa, European national teams wononlyif the World Cup was played in Europe. But, they woneveryWorld Cup held in Europe, except one. On the other hand, Brazil won in Sweden, S. Korea/Japan and USA and Argentina won in Mexico.
Francehas stunned the world with their performance in the Euro 2016. They have many young talented players like Dembele, Kylian Mbappe, Samuel Umtiti, Anthony Martial and many more. They have a pretty offensive lineup.
Thanks for reading my prediction, I would like to know what you think. I hope you do not go crazy with some of my opinions. Football is something wonderful, but its just a game. Respect at all coasts.
There will never be a better opportunity for this set of players, many of them at or approaching their peak, to confirm the promise they have held for years.
My third choice isBrazil. They have excellent players in all positions.
Which team is going to win the FIFA World Cup of 2018?
Argentinajust made it through the qualifiers, thanks to Lionel Messi. Their coach Jorge Sampaoli is pretty confident about his side. If they work on their team play and tactics their offense can surely give nightmares to the opposition defense.
The Polish team simply will not achieve anything concrete in Russia, I doubt that they can make it to the Round of 16. Polish fans and fans of Lewandowski, dont get angry; its just a prediction.
England is always a big name in the football world, well they are the creators of this wonderful sport. But they have not really been a football power for a long time and their performances in the world have always been miserable (not counting their only title in 1966, which was somewhat controversial to be sincere). The team has been renewed and I admit that I like how it plays, but its still weak. They will improve their performance in contrast to those of the last world cups. I predict a elimination in Quarterfinals.
Modric, Rakitic, Mandzukic and Perisic. An interesting generation to say the least. As they are rivals of my team, I have seen their friendly matches of the last month and really their game has left me unsatisfied. It seems to be one of those teams with great players that fails in effectiveness. Like the next one.
More than anyone else, France have grown into this competition. Victories over Australia and Peru in the group stages were far from convincing, but they have dispatched Argentina and Uruguay impressively in the knockout stages.
The quality of the football team led by James Rodriguez has made them have gone from being one of the best teams in the world in 2014 to another South American team of which there is not much to be expected. I have always believed that this selection integrated by James, Bacca, Ospina, Falcao and Cuadrado had not finished surprising the world and its last victory against the French selection candidate has finished convincing my affirmations. They will not make it to the semifinals, but they will shine again in Russia.
If it is not coming home quite yet then it is, at least, packing its suitcase and preparing a picnic for the journey. The oddity about England is that, to this point, they have not had to sparkle much but that hardly matters. They saw Sweden off with a confidence alien to anyone who has watched recent failures through their fingers and the sense that there is more to come may work in their favour.
Argentina is one of the most passionate teams in the world of football, just look at the fans in the stadium. And, as I said, that is the most important factor that should be in this sport.
France face Belgium while England play Croatia in their major tie for a generation. It is Englands first World Cup semi-final appearance since 1990 when they lost to West Germany on penalties.
Spainhave a young lineup with great talents like Saul, Marco Asensio, Isco, Alvaro Morata and many more. They have a balanced lineup with world class Goal keeper David De Gea and full fledged defenders like Sergio Ramos and Gerrard Pique.
My favorite team in this World Cup. Why? They are simply the team with the most passion. The qualifiers were not easy for Peru, but with great passion they managed to reach a defining match against New Zealand. Agonizingly, they qualified for the World Cup after 36 years of waiting. Farfan and Guerrero may be the only big names on the team, but their defensive aspect has been great through the playoffs. Peruvian fans have waited years for this moment and know that they will not go to Russia without leaving their mark. Together with France, they will easily qualify for the round of 16, eliminating the lower Australia and Denmark. Probably its fourth game was played against Argentina and, you know what? They have many chances to win it. Definitely, I predict that it will be the revelation team of 2018.
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Everybodys talking about them. Yes, its amazing what they have achieved in 10 years. The debutant team will not reach the round of 16, but it will be a historic event for Icelanders and any football lover to watch them play in the most important event of the sport.
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Russia 2018 comes down to 5 clear candidates, some surprises and many failures
In addition to being Argentine, I am as objective as possible. And yes, I am aware that this year Brazil will most likely win its sixth World Cup. Yes, the Brazilians will prevail after 16 years as the greatest power in the world of football. Yes, everything will go back to normal. As long as neither Germany nor Spain, nor France or Argentina prevent it.
But at what precise moment did the Brazilians manage to put on the embarrassment they suffered while hosting the last World Cup in which they lost 7-1 to Germany and to the two failed participations in the Americas Cup 2015 and 2016? The answer is easy: Olympic Games in Rio. By winning the gold medal, the Brazilians won the only international title they still needed to win and revived the hopes of millions from Porto Alegre to Buzios.
The French national has managed to overcome the failed participation that has tended in the world cups since losing the final of the World Cup Germany 2006 by penalties against Italy. Well, it was a tough defeat that put an end to the best generation of French football led by the eternal captain Zinedine Zidane.
Now, as the round of 16 fixtures have been decided.
For the majority, one of the candidate teams to win the tournament. Before Brazil 2014, I had been amazed with the excellent players the best European leagues that form the Belgian team. Hazard, Mertens, Naingolann, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Courtois and many more. Simply incredible. Since then I have watched all their matches as long as I could and I must say that Belgium is the biggest lie in football. How such great players together in a team in the largest generation of Belgian players can play so miserably? It is something similar to what happens with Argentina, but at least Argentina manages to reach important phases of the championships that it plays. As in Brazil 2014, they will make it with luck to the Quarterfinals. A real shame for all football fans.
The Pharaohs agonizing qualification for the World Cup in a drastic game against Congo has been perhaps the emotionally strongest moment of all African qualifiers. Although they are not among the 32 best in the world according to the FIFA Ranking, in their first participation in a FIFA World Cup after 28 years, they will reach the round of 16 for the first time in their tournament together. to Uruguay, beating the weak Saudi Arabia and the locals Russia. This feat will be possible thanks to the Liverpool star Mohammed Salah and the direction of the Argentine Hector Cuper.
IMO they wont make it to the Round of 16 but they have interesting teams.