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The 2022 FIFA World Cup is getting close.

As a brazilian, people around me are talking a lot about the odds of Brazil finally getting it's 6th title, but I'm not sure if we are ready for it. We have some good players, but... Well, let's just say we may win against weak teams, but if we have to fight an european team or even Argentina, we might lose it real bad.

Is your country at the World Cup? Who do you think will win?



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I'm looking forward to it! Won't be able to watch many games unfortunately though due to the time difference.

As for who'll win it? I'm not sure, I'm pretty confident it'll be a team that's already won it before. On paper France and Germany probably have the strongest squads so if I had to pick, I'd say one of those. They also both have had times where they've imploded and gone out early though.

Japan's my country, we've got a stupidly hard group though so will probably go out straight away



At the moment all of the big nations seem to have their own problems, so I don't see a clear favorite. Regardless, it's very probable that either France, Spain, Brazil or Argentina win the title.

France played a disappointing Euro 2020 in 2021 where their only win came against Germany and even that was only due to an own goal by Hummels; since then they've won the UEFA Nations League despite not looking good against Belgium in the semifinal and they are currently ranked last in their group with two games left to go in the most recent edition of the Nations League. However, they've tried a lot of new players during the four June games, so this lackluster performance isn't truly representative of their current strength or lack thereof.

Spain played a strong Euro 2020 and they've looked like they are finally past the period where they desperately tried to replicate the system from their 2008 to 2012 title streak. They aren't as good as during the heydays of Iniesta and Xavi, but the arrow is pointing upwards for them.

I haven't watched any recent games of Brazil and Argentina, but what I do know is that Argentina dominated Italy in the battle between the South American and European champions. I recognize Argentina as the best squad of South America at the moment.

A few comments on other European nations that are in the extended circle of teams that could win the World Cup: It was very shocking that Italy failed to qualify shortly after they had won Euro 2020 in a deserving manner and with watchable football. The other Euro 2020 finalist, England, doesn't strike me as having what it takes to win a title; the tournament tree had benefited them greatly at both WC 2018 and Euro 2020, so they could advance further than they would have under more normal circumstances. Germany is still searching for their next reliable top striker, so there is an important piece missing to make a run for their next title; aside from that, their quality of play is widely inconsistent from one game to the next, hence why I rank Spain higher than them.

Belgium, Croatia, Portugal and the Netherlands are smaller European nations that can get far if things come together for them, although Portugal is on a downward trend at the tail end of the Ronaldo era (similar things can be said about Croatia and the Modric era) while the Netherlands are still in the phase of creating a new coherent team. That leaves only Belgium as a team that can taken seriously, but it has now been almost a decade of high praise in advance and more often than not falling short of expectations; this is probably the last time they have the chance to make it far before most players of their golden generation are too old.

Austria (my country) is once again not at the World Cup and deservedly so. After an embarrasing qualifying group performance with a fourth place finish behind Scotland and Israel, they wasted their special Nations League WC playoff ticket in Wales where Bale was just too much for them.

And lastly, I should make a pick for the next WC champion. I'll go with Argentina.



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I don't know why I feel that it will be Uruguay.



RolStoppable said:

At the moment all of the big nations seem to have their own problems, so I don't see a clear favorite. Regardless, it's very probable that either France, Spain, Brazil or Argentina win the title.

France played a disappointing Euro 2020 in 2021 where their only win came against Germany and even that was only due to an own goal by Hummels; since then they've won the UEFA Nations League despite not looking good against Belgium in the semifinal and they are currently ranked last in their group with two games left to go in the most recent edition of the Nations League. However, they've tried a lot of new players during the four June games, so this lackluster performance isn't truly representative of their current strength or lack thereof.

Spain played a strong Euro 2020 and they've looked like they are finally past the period where they desperately tried to replicate the system from their 2008 to 2012 title streak. They aren't as good as during the heydays of Iniesta and Xavi, but the arrow is pointing upwards for them.

I haven't watched any recent games of Brazil and Argentina, but what I do know is that Argentina dominated Italy in the battle between the South American and European champions. I recognize Argentina as the best squad of South America at the moment.

A few comments on other European nations that are in the extended circle of teams that could win the World Cup: It was very shocking that Italy failed to qualify shortly after they had won Euro 2020 in a deserving manner and with watchable football. The other Euro 2020 finalist, England, doesn't strike me as having what it takes to win a title; the tournament tree had benefited them greatly at both WC 2018 and Euro 2020, so they could advance further than they would have under more normal circumstances. Germany is still searching for their next reliable top striker, so there is an important piece missing to make a run for their next title; aside from that, their quality of play is widely inconsistent from one game to the next, hence why I rank Spain higher than them.

Belgium, Croatia, Portugal and the Netherlands are smaller European nations that can get far if things come together for them, although Portugal is on a downward trend at the tail end of the Ronaldo era (similar things can be said about Croatia and the Modric era) while the Netherlands are still in the phase of creating a new coherent team. That leaves only Belgium as a team that can taken seriously, but it has now been almost a decade of high praise in advance and more often than not falling short of expectations; this is probably the last time they have the chance to make it far before most players of their golden generation are too old.

Austria (my country) is once again not at the World Cup and deservedly so. After an embarrasing qualifying group performance with a fourth place finish behind Scotland and Israel, they wasted their special Nations League WC playoff ticket in Wales where Bale was just too much for them.

And lastly, I should make a pick for the next WC champion. I'll go with Argentina.

Back in 2014, Argentina made it to the final, but lost it to Germany.

That may be the last chance for Lionel Messi.



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It’s not really hyped or even talked about much here  yet. Doesn’t really feel like anyone really cares or maybe people aren’t expecting much. On the other hand it’s still a while away.

Though it’s probably also because it’s in Qatar, which isn’t popular. At all. I read it’s similar in England and some other places as well. Travel agencies actually had to cancel all sorts of arrangements because there wasn’t much interest. We’ll see of supermarkets will again do promotions with all kinds of orange crap.

Calling a winner, difficult. Every one of the big teams has a chance, I’d say either Argentina or France again. Brazil is probably going to dramatically crash and burn again, and Germany isn’t really up to snuff yet though they can always surprise. Belgium buckles under pressure, so does England.

RolStoppable said:

(..) while the Netherlands are still in the phase of creating a new coherent team. (..)

We are perpetually in this phase.

We’re just lucky we are in the weakest group ever again, like in the past Euros, and then after three questionable wins everyone will get hyped about how we’re easily going to win the whole thing only to hopelessly lose the second we’re up against a team that isn’t a complete joke in the Round of 16.

EDIT: Winner of Group A (likely Netherlands otherwise we’re really terrible) takes on Runner-up of B, so probably United States or Wales. We could still win that. If England happens to be runner-up then no, we’re out. Then in Quarter Finals it would be against the winner of Winner of C versus Runner-up of D, which are likely Argentina versus Denmark, which Argentina wins making the Quarter Final Netherlands versus Argentina. No chance for us to win that, so my prediction concerning my own country; we go out in the Quarter Finals at best, could potentially go out in the Round of 16.

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I haven't been following any national teams in a while so I don't know how their forms are.
But I'd like to see Japan or Argentina go far.

Japan seems to have a tough group though.
Not sure about Argentina.

I feel like Mexico tend to be tough in the WC, but not sure about their current form.
Poland have Lewandowski, but not sure how they work as a team.



Alex_The_Hedgehog said:

Back in 2014, Argentina made it to the final, but lost it to Germany.

That may be the last chance for Lionel Messi.

It's certainly his last chance to win the WC as a world class player in excellent shape. While it's still possible that he'll play another WC at age 39, there's a good reason why so many football players call it quits at or before that age.

Hiku said:

I feel like Mexico tend to be tough in the WC, but not sure about their current form.
Poland have Lewandowski, but not sure how they work as a team.

I think Mexico's streak of reaching the round of 16 goes as far back as 1994, so they are only second to Brazil in that statistic.

Poland is a habitual underperformer and they've been eliminated in the group stage on a regular basis. The team around Lewandowski has rarely functioned as a coherent unit at WCs. If it weren't for Saudi Arabia in their group, I'd predict a fourth place finish for them. Argentina should win the group, because Mexico tends to be strong against Brazil, but not so much against Argentina.



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It's a weird one in that mostly every country isn't looking as strong as they did in the past, except for France. But while France have an insane squad, they're also the current champions, which usually underperform, and they've already been underperforming as of late. Still, you have to consider them clear favorites.

Then you have the usual candidates, Germany, Argentina, Spain all have a chance, but they also aren't as good as they were a few years ago. Same goes for some of the other next best teams, like Brazil, Belgium, Netherlands and such. The only other squad besides France that looks good, or at least better than it used to, is England, but England is to international competitions like Tottenham is to club football (they even wear the same colors), you can never expect anything from them.

It feels like this World Cup is calling for a wild card like Uruguay or, dare I dream, Senegal. It's already a very... "unconventional" one in terms of where it's being seeded and when it'll be played. We'll see.

Edit: oh and also Portugal. They look quite good.

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mZuzek said:

It feels like this World Cup is calling for a wild card like Uruguay or, dare I dream, Senegal.

Senegal even making the final would be incredible. I'd absolutely love to see an African team win it!