The ultimate goal for every team participating in the upcoming World Cup is to win it all. While teams might state they are complacent with a 16 qualification or a quarter-final appearance, everyone deep down wants to raise the cup. Making it past the first round of play demonstrates signs of improvement, but there is no doubt that every player dreams of winning for their homeland. Small footballing countries such as Saudi Arabia or powerhouses such as Brazil all share the same common goal.
With everyone’s eyes set on the greatest prize, let’s explore who stands a better chance of tasting World Cup success. You can also have your say on which team you think is going to win the World Cup by visiting netbet.co.uk and placing your bet.
The hot favorite going into the tournament is Brazil. There are a number of factors that add to this fanfare. First, Brazil has experience of lifting the World Cup trophy, having won it on five different occasions. Second, Brazil is entering this tournament on in good form after winning their last five matches on the bounce. To cap it all, Brazil has one of the best squads in the tournament. In goal, they have two of the best in Ederson of Manchester City and Allison of Roma. On defense, they have PSG’s Thiago Silva and Marquinhos. At defensive midfield, they have workaholics in Fernandinho and Casemiro, while in attacking midfield they have Philippe Coutinho and Willian. Up front, Brazil can call upon Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, or Roberto Firmino.
Just like Brazil, Germany has experience with succeeding in World Cup play. Germany won the most recent tournament in 2014, and they look to become the third squad to ever record a repeat win. Germany will have the same technical staff, including manager Joachim Low, who orchestrated the team’s success at the last World Cup. While Germany is known for its ability to play as a collective unit, they have standout players of their own, including Toni Kroos, Thomas Mueller, Leroy Sane, and Mario Gomez.
After what seemed like a period of decline soon after Spain’s last UEFA Euro success, the team is now starting to perform at the highest level once again. The current Spanish team is a blend of both experienced players like Andres Iniesta, Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique. The team also has some emerging talent in the form of David de Gea, who has been in outstanding form for Manchester United. Other young guns include Real Madrid’s trio of Isco, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez. If Spain can get into their rhythm early in the tournament, then they will be a dangerous team.