The time has come again for the FIFA World Cup, a competition which we haven’t seen since the magical event in Brazil back in 2014. I was fortunate enough to go that World Cup wit my buddy Yigang Tang and it was one of the best trips that I have ever taken. The question as to whether or not Russia can live up to the billing of Brazil in hosting the World Cup remains to be seen, but most importantly the question is who will in fact be victorious, and lift the coveted Jules Rimet trophy, let’s take a look at who is the most likely, according to the experts.
Despite the embarrassment of losing 7-1 to Germany in the Semi Finals of the World Cup in their home country, Brazil have recovered well and are odds on favorites to win this year’s event. Star player Neymar made the move from Barcelona to Paris St Germain this summer, which has seen him become the star man of the team having previously been overshadowed by a certain Lionel Messi. Brazil greatly lack d striker in the last World Cup but Manchester City starlet Gabriel Jesus has shown since 2014 and could be the man to make the difference. What was once a young and ambitious Brazil side, is not a perfect blend of youth and experience and it is easy to see why they are favorites.
Only a fool would count Germany out of the running to lift the World Cup this year and having won the European Cup and of course the 2014 World Cup, they have a team who knows what it takes. The German academy has produced some wonderful players over the years and their golden generation looks set to continue with the likes of Leroy Sane and Julian Wiegl playing for some of Europe’s biggest clubs. Much like Brazil, Germany can count on a perfect combination of youth and experience and with the winning mentality instilled in their minds, they will take some beating this year.
Since France won the even on home soil in 1998, the national team have stuttered and struggled to find any success. This year however, looks set to be the year that Les Bleus change the script and once again take their place at the top of world football. The new generation which is coming through has given France an absolutely frightening team which, if they can all play in sync with one another, could blow the competition away in Russia. The national team have stars all over the pitch with the likes of Paul Pogba, Antione Griezmann, Dimitri Payet, Kylian Mbappe and Hugo Lloris, all playing at the peak of their powers. Whilst this French side may not have won anything yet, each player at their respective clubs has won trophies and understands just what it takes to win the competition. As far as outside favorites go, France is the one to watch.