Brazil and Spain are currently the strongest contenders for next year's WC in my opinion, but let's not forget the African teams.

I hope an African team will win the World Cup next year for the first time - Ghana and Ivory Coast seem to be very strong at the moment.



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Brazil and Spain are currently the strongest contenders for next year's WC in my opinion, but let's not forget the African teams.

I hope an African team will win the World Cup next year for the first time - Ghana and Ivory Coast seem to be very strong at the moment.

Egypt ???????



Egypt is still strong, but it seems not as strong as they were when they impressively dominated African Cup of Nations in 2008.



Egypt is very close to not qualifying to the WC, as Algeria is beating them

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Algeria 4 3 1 0 6 1 +5 10
 Egypt 4 2 1 1 6 4 +2 7
 Zambia 4 1 1 2 2 4 −2 4
 Rwanda 4 0 1 3 0 5 −5 1
 
Algeria  3 – 1 11-Oct 1 – 0
Egypt  14-Nov 3 – 0 1 – 1
Rwanda  0 – 0 0 – 1 14-Nov
Zambia  0 – 2 10-Oct 1 – 0



You seriously think Brazils performance dropped? Of course it did, but they are still the best team in the world. In 2002 they probably had the team of the decade with Ronaldo, Cafu, Ronaldinho Roberto Carlos and Rivaldo in their prime. Spain is an overrated team. Yes they won the European championships but the confed cup was a perfect example of their typical choking. Greece won Euro 2004 what did they do in the last 4 years or France after 2000? Can Spain send out a B or C team and beat teams like France or Russia? Brazil would smash france or Portugal. Remember when Brazil gave Portugal a 6-2 ass whipping last year? That waswhen they were playing "bad".

Also Italy being a strong contender is a joke. The squad tehy have is largely unchanged from 2006 and they players they brought in are average. They failed badly at Euro 2008 and Confed Cup. They need some fresh new blood. The strongest contenders are England, Germany, Brazil, Spain, and Holland.





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@CaptainPreferences: It's harder for Canada's men's team because the competition is much stronger in men's football. We especially see it in Europe where "small" (and young) countries like e.g. Bosnia-Herzegovina or Slowakia are getting stronger and stronger every year, because their best players are playing in Europe's top leagues. There are only few really non-competitive small countries left in men's European football nowadays (mainly countries with only few pros in their national teams like - say - Liechtenstein). I assume the same applies to other continents.

Women's football on the other hand is still a very young sport in comparison to men's football and that's why the countries who promoted women's football first (and more important: take it seriously) are still dominatiing today. Outside of USA and GER it was especially the Scandinavian football federations of Norway and Sweden who developed women's football early.

Yea the standard is higher. My two cousins played in Europe for their universities and play for College of Charleston and York University. Its a lot harder to get into club teams in Europe in North America, you have to start off with a school.

But still, the Canadian squad has some decent players at decent clubs. If only they started. But anyways I'm off to footy practice.



Brazil is way better than Portugal, they seem like they dont play ok, but yesterday we were dominating in th 2-2, I could see us winning, but in 4 minutes they make 2 goals out of nothing. And I tell you, the only team I really really fear in the WC is Brazil.



CaptainPrefrences said:
You seriously think Brazils performance dropped? Of course it did, but they are still the best team in the world. In 2002 they probably had the team of the decade with Ronaldo, Cafu, Ronaldinho Roberto Carlos and Rivaldo in their prime. Spain is an overrated team. Yes they won the European championships but the confed cup was a perfect example of their typical choking. Greece won Euro 2004 what did they do in the last 4 years or France after 2000? Can Spain send out a B or C team and beat teams like France or Russia? Brazil would smash france or Portugal. Remember when Brazil gave Portugal a 6-2 ass whipping last year? That waswhen they were playing "bad".

Also Italy being a strong contender is a joke. The squad tehy have is largely unchanged from 2006 and they players they brought in are average. They failed badly at Euro 2008 and Confed Cup. They need some fresh new blood. The strongest contenders are England, Germany, Brazil, Spain, and Holland.



Yeah pretty hard TBH.

Everyone feared Brazil back then, but now they're just one of many good teams.



Oh haha yea I see what you mean. Back then Brazil was invincible.

Thats kinda like USA



Oh haha yea I see what you mean. Back then Brazil was invincible.

Thats kinda like USA. Everyone in CONCACAF would suck their cock and let them finish first every year and win the Gold Cup. Mexico, Honduras, Rica and El Salvador give them a run for their money now.

I won't be surprised if a concacaf team takes Argentina to a penalty shoot out if they make the playoff.