Who Will Win The 2022 World Cup?

One of the most controversial World Cup tournaments in the history of sport takes place later this year, as Qatar hosts the biggest event on the calendar. Like betting on March madness, fans will need to assess the squads of all competing nations at the World Cup in November before making a final decision on the team that they think will be lifting the famous trophy just before Christmas.

But, which nations are among the front-runners to win the prestigious honor?

Brazil

This year marks 20 years since Brazil last got their hands on the World Cup trophy, with their most recent success coming back in 2022 and the competition held in South Korea and Japan. That illustrates too long of a wait for many Brazilians, and the five-time winners will be back with a vengeance for the tournament later this year. Many believe that they have an excellent chance of winning a sixth World Cup, mainly because the climate in which the tournament will be played in will favor the Brazilians more than the European nations.

However, since their win in 2022, Brazil has struggled to make much of an impression. They have constantly sailed through the group stages before coming undone against their first stern assignment.

That was evident once again four years ago, as Belgium dumped out Brazil in the Russian World Cup. This is a different Brazilian side that we are seeing nowadays, as the flair that gained neutral support is now non-existent, as Tite instead relies on a strong defensive backbone and cagey victories. Whether that will be enough for the second-ranked side in the FIFA rankings remains to be seen.

France

The reigning World Cup champions will feature heavily among the tipped nations to win the competition in Qatar. However, their case is complex, as only two countries have successfully defended their trophy. The most recent came in 1962 as Pele led Brazil to a second World Cup success after their first-ever win in 1958.

But, the argument that the French squad is vastly superior to any other nation is also one that holds up well. There is incredible strength in depth across the field, with the only position that they potentially look light being the number nine. Oliver Giroud and Karim Benzema have been the players to fill that void in recent tournaments, but both are now the wrong side of 30. That means extra pressure will be put on Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann to deliver the goals.

France never looked in trouble at the 2018 World Cup, as they scored eleven goals between the round of 16 and final success against Croatia. However, there have been glimmers of hope for the chasing pack throughout qualification, as the French were held to three draws and scored just 18 goals in the eight games that they played.

England

While France and Brazil have both achieved recent victories at the World Cup, you will need to go back to 1966 for England’s last victory. The Three Lions have endured no shortage of heartbreak since that win, including penalty shootout defeats and group stage exits. However, there is a feeling that Gareth Southgate is edging closer towards ending the tournament hoodoo.

Southgate and his young England squad have made the nation proud in each of the last two major tournaments. At the 2018 World Cup, inexperience ultimately cost the Three Lions, as they were knocked out at the semi-final stage after extra time by Croatia. England went event closer at EURO 2020, as it was once again the dreaded penalty shootout that they fell victim to, losing to Italy in the final at Wembley.

Everything is pointing towards England ending their major tournament losing streak very soon. They have some of the finest young players in the world in Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden, and Jude Bellingham, while are also able to call upon one of the world’s most lethal strikers in Harry Kane. Piecing all the form together and hoping the stars align for the Three Lions could finally see the dream become reality in Qatar.

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