The strongest candidate to win the 2022 World Cup . It doesn’t feel like this universal soccer party is just counting the months. Several teams deserve to be put forward as champion candidates.
Unlike the previous editions, the 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar from November to December. This period is the middle of the season in Europe’s top competition.
However, the competitive atmosphere makes it a challenge for the coaching team and players. Well, as usual, there are always several teams that are considered qualified so that they deserve to be champions.
Without denying other teams, a series of countries below have the potential to repeat their best achievements in the most prestigious tournaments every four years. Here are 10 countries that deserve to be championed at the 2022 World Cup Qatar.
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Coming with a line of their best players, England are ready to chase their second title as they did at the 1966 World Cup at Wembley. The Three Lions have progressed rapidly under Gareth Southgate.
At the 2018 World Cup, England appeared shiny and finished in fourth place. A great achievement, considering that they have not experienced the semifinals since the 1990 edition.
At the Euro 2020 stage, the Three Lions are also stunning. They appear as runners up. Armed with these achievements, Harry Kane et al are more confident to seal the status of champions.
Belgium remains a serious threat even though they have never tasted the sweetness of the title. In Qatar later, not a few who favor De Rode Duivels.
Inhabited by qualified pillars on all lines such as Kevin de Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois, Axel Witsel and Romelu Lukaku, Belgium is ready to go far. FIFA ranked 1st status, Roberto Martinez’s fleet will be a scourge for his opponents.
Four years ago, Belgium pushed to the semifinals and won third place. It was their greatest achievement in their Golden Generation.
Dubbed the tournament specialist, Germany is a World Cup regular. They only missed two times, the 1930 and 1950 editions.
So far, Die Mannschaft has won four titles, namely 1954, 1974, 1990, and finally 2014. Unfortunately, in the 2018 edition they appeared sluggish.
At that time, coming as the defending champion, Germany was actually eliminated at the beginning of the tournament. Manuel Neuer is convinced that Germany can bounce back and be strong again under coach Hansi Flick’s ingredients. “Winning the 2022 World Cup is realistic for us. We have a chance for that,” said Neuer, reported by Sport Bild.
Shortly after confirming himself to qualify for the 2022 World Cup finals, Cristiano Ronaldo immediately spread terror. “Goal achieved, we are in the Qatar World Cup. We are in the right place! Forca Portugal!” wrote Ronaldo on his personal Instagram.
Ronaldo is not bragging. The Euro 2016 stage can be a reference. At that time, , Selecao das Quinas less favored.
However, Ronaldo and colleagues actually came out as champions after defeating the top French team in the final. Coach Fernando Santos must have prepared a precise strategy to carve history in Qatar. Portugal has never won. Their best achievement is only up to third place. It was presented at the 1966 World Cup.
You could say, Senegal is a dark horse ready to give a surprise in Qatar. The 2002 edition was their first appearance at the World Cup.
At that time Senegal immediately made a spectacular breakthrough because they were able to survive until the quarterfinals. Proud, because no African team has ever made it beyond the quarter-finals of the World Cup so far.
Senegal also has a cool-handed eccentric coach, Aliou Cisse. In 2021, the skipper presented the African Cup of Nations title to the people of Senegal. Armed with a line of star players such as Cheikhou Kouyate, Sadio Mane, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Abdou Diallo, Les Lions de la Teranga are ready to pounce on their opponents.
Long time without being on the podium of honor, La Celeste will rise from its long slump. After 1930 and 1950, Uruguay never again lifted the trophy.
At the 2018 World Cup, for example, they only reached the quarter-finals. A stifling nick, considering Uruguay never run out of stock of star players.
Now, under the regime of Diego Alonso, La Celeste vows to repeat history. Replacing the legendary coach Oscar Tabarez, Alonso did not take long to immediately set up with Luis Suarez and his friends.
Will the curse soon end for the Netherlands? Three times as runner-up, namely 1974, 1978, and 2010, the Dutch people again became anxious. Van Gaal, the coach, knows very well what the De Oranje supporters expect.
“My goal is to become world champion,” said Van Gaal. “But I can’t do it alone,” he added. That means, Virgil van Dijk et al have a formidable mission: ending the curse. Hopefully!
One 2010 World Cup title and three European Cups (1964, 2008, 2012) put Spain in the elite list of candidates to win this time. It’s been a long time without being on the podium of honor, adding to the elan that the La Furia Roja players are getting more and more smoldering.
Dani Carvajal, Pedri, Rodri and Ferran Torres are some of the famous names that coach Luis Enrique brought to Qatar. Enrique himself advances undaunted.
“Our style is very clear and it will be very difficult to play against us. This is the message I have to give. We respect our opponents, anyone can beat us, but we can beat anyone,” he said.
The five-time championship (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002) puts Brazil at the top of the list of all-time World Cup winners. After failing in several editions, A Seleção is determined to make Qatar a place of revival.
In the Conmebol zone qualification, Neymar et al went without a hitch and sat proud at the top of the standings. “It’s time to go back to the final and be a champion,” said Tite, the skipper.
Remember the 2014 World Cup final? At that time, Argentina met Germany in the final. The Argentineans prayed endlessly with one hope: La Albiceleste emerged as champions.
Unfortunately, Argentina lost 0-1. The dream to repeat the success in the previous two editions, 1978 and 1986, has been dashed.
Lionel Messi is the most highlighted figure behind the failure of Team Tango. But now, Messi et al are ready to fight it out for the prestigious trophy. “As long as there is Messi, we are candidates for champions. We have the best players of all time,” said Juan Roman Riquelme, related to Lionel Scaloni’s fleet chance in Qatar, reported by TyC.