The World Cup is one of the best moments to look forward to all over the world. It ignites the passion in soccer fans supporting their own country or other countries. There have been 20 World Cups so far, and the most recent one in 2014 was won by Germany. The next anticipated World Cup is to be held in Russia. The qualifying rounds have been held since 2015 and will continue until the end of 2017. The teams which have already been confirmed to play World Cup 2018 are Russia, Iran and Brazil.
Germany is one of the top contenders for World Cup 2018. They have a great young talented team which many other teams don’t have. They are 3rd in the world ranking and are leading in the qualifying rounds. However, it is also a concern for fans that legendary players Lahm, Klose, Schweinsteiger and Podolski have retired. The current team with fresh youths are unpredictable. It is no doubt that they are skilled, but we will see how Joachim makes the best use of these youths and if they blend in perfectly with the dream team that has been playing.
Second in the world ranking and another team to look forward to is Brazil. Brazil has already been confirmed to play in the next world cup. They won all the games in the CONMEBOL qualifying rounds securing a place in the world cup. They have great well-known players like Neymar, Coutinho, Alves and Gabriel Jesus. We haven’t seen the team play in World Cup under their new coach Tite. So far he has been doing a good job managing the team. Let us see how he fares with the team in the next world cup.
The France team has definitely gotten back on tracks and improved after their loss in the Euro 2016 finals. They have been playing well in the qualifiers and are pretty much confirmed to have qualified for the world cup in Russia. They are 6th in the world rankings and have talented players like Pogba and Griezmann.
Although they rank 15th in the world ranking, Italy’s new team is a strong contender and one to look forward to. They are in the lead for qualifying and are expected to qualify after the next few matches. The international team announced by Ventura seems to have a promising set of youths. It is also said to be legendary goalkeeper Buffon’s last world cup.
Ranking 1st in the world ranking, Argentina is another team to look forward to. Well, they do have Messi, one of the best footballers well known for his scoring ability and plays. Argentina has an older team, and their performance can be unpredictable. They haven’t shown their best in the CONMEBOL qualifiers. However, they are still one of the best contenders not considering the European countries. They already have good players like Messi, Romero, Higuain, Di Maria and Aguero.