Many countries believe they have the best chance of winning the World Cup in 2022. With the diversity of squads qualifying for the FIFA World Cup, numerous countries have genuine chances of reaching the Final in December.
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While belief is one thing, genuine potential is quite another. Only eight nations have won the FIFA World Cup in the competition’s 21 editions. Moreover, only European and South American countries have won or competed in the World Cup Final. Additionally, seven of the last eight finalists are European countries, except Brazil and Argentina (both belong to South America).
Consequently, only a few teams enter the competition with a reasonable shot based on prior trends. Having said that, times change. Even though Belgium, Portugal, and the Netherlands never won the World Cup. Nonetheless, each country has a strong and promising side.
Here are the four countries most likely to win the World Cup in 2022.
When France won its second World Cup in 2018, the defending champions were the second-youngest team.
Kylian Mbappe has been compared to Pelé. Hugo Lloris and his defense allowed only six goals, half of which came in a round-of-16 thriller against Argentina. Every game, Paul Pogba and N’golo Kante ruled the midfield. All of the artifacts will be returned to Qatar in 2022.
France has now added some of the world’s most in-form players. Christopher Nkunku of RB Leipzig enters the fray. In addition, Karim Benzema, possibly the favorite to win the Ballon d’Or in 2022, rejoined France’s national squad during the Euros.
The most prosperous country in World Cup history appears to be primed for another run. Brazil dominated CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying. The Brazilian ace, Neymar, finished second in goals scored as Brazil went undefeated.
With Neymar looking good, it is heartening for Seleço fans to see that Vinicius is experiencing a breakout season at Real Madrid. Similarly, Fabinho, Gabriel Jesus, and others gave crucial depth during the World Cup. Belgium defeated Brazil in the World Cup quarterfinals in 2018, making it two World Cups in a row in which Brazil was eliminated.
As the FIFA World Rankings indicate, Brazil is now ranked first. Brazil has been unbeaten since losing to Argentina in the Copa America Championship.
After failing in 2010 and 2014, England triumphed in Russia in 2018. England, led by Harry Kane, also had the championship’s second-youngest lineup, with an average age of 26. The winner of the Golden Shoe scored seven goals, propelling Britain to fourth place.
2021 marked the return of penalty frustration for England in the Euros. Gianluigi Donnarumma made two saves, and Marcus Rashford wasted another, denying England its first significant prize in more than five decades. The English players can sigh relief after defeating Germany in the Euros, whereas 4-times world champions, Italy, failed to qualify.
Argentina is a team that has gone undefeated in the CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying. It was also the last team to defeat Brazil.
Lionel Messi is probably playing in his final World Cup. Essentially, this could be his last performance, considering that the 7-time Ballon d’Or winner will be 39 years old during the next world cup. Argentina never seemed like a country capable of challenging for another World Cup after narrowly losing in 2014.
However, Messi’s first international trophy clinched for the Albiceleste has lifted some weight off his shoulders. While Argentina lacks the depth and star power of countries such as France or England, any team with Lionel Messi can challenge.
Messi’s performance on the world’s most significant stage for the final time will determine Argentina’s chances.