Who Will Win the 2022 World Cup?
G'day Hive! We're about to enter another World Cup year but it's been tainted by the well documented controversies surrounding host nation Qatar. Even I find it hard to get motivated for it with the corruption and humans rights abuses.
Overlooking it all, there's football to look forward to and it'll be the last World Cup in its current format of 32 teams. It'll also be the first time the tournament is not held in May, June or July; but rather in November and December.
So who will win the 2022 World Cup? Let's take a look.
As usual, Europe has a strong representation in the World Cup with 13 teams from UEFA qualifying for this World Cup.
France are current football world champions and are among the most valuable national football teams with a squad worth in excess of €1bn. With a team boasting superstars such as Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann to name a few, they're expected to be among the best players in the tournament. It's easy to see why many see two-time winners France as the most likely to win the 2022 World Cup.
We shouldn't discount England who last won the World Cup in 1966. They are the most valuable national football team in the world at the moment, worth over over €1.2bn and are led by Harry Kane, Jason Sancho and Raheem Sterling. Italy are reigning EURO champs and Spain also had a strong campaign, and they both rank high among many World Cup 2022 winner predictions.
Germany have been underwhelming in recent years however a change of coach could be what they need. The 'Golden Generation' of Belgium have been extremely underwhelming in major tournaments but are ranked number one in the world so they should not be discounted. The Netherlands looked dangerous at EURO before a loss in the round of sixteen.
Can Portugal win World Cup 2022? With Cristiano Ronaldo anything is possible. Along with World Cup 2018 finalists Croatia, Portugal are World Cup underdogs but are genuine dark horses to win 2022 World Cup.
Argentina have a squad worth around €650.00m and with Lionel Messi in their side, they'll be one of the best teams at the tournament.
Alongside Brazil, they are the strongest teams representing South America and are a big chance to bring the World Cup back to the continent for the first time since 2002.
Dark horses for the World Cup out of Africa are Senegal and Nigeria. Sadio Mane, Edouard Mendy and Koulibaly lead a Senegalese side looking to be Africa's first ever World Cup winners. Ndidi, Osimhen and Iheanacho also give Nigeria's 2022 World Cup hopes a huge boost.
How about the USMNT? The farthest the US has made it in the World Cup is the semi-finals af the 1930 World Cup - the first ever World Cup - held in Uruguay.
The USNMT with players like Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams and Sergino Dest and a wealth of upcoming talent, makes America another genuine darkhorse for the 2022 World Cup.
So...who are you backing to win the tournament?
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