Teams Most Likely to Win the 2018 FIFA World Cup
I don't think this should be number 1. They are loosing very badly. It's the lack of teamwork and rather the whole team depending on Messi to get the goals in. It looked like he gave up some parts of the game and was all like,"God, these people need to do something, I can't be doing everything. I am not even going to try, these people have got to learn how to help around". His teammates need to help him, that's why they are there. They did much better in the 2014 World Cup, at least they actually worked as a team and didn't depend on one player.
All greatest players have won a trophy with their National Team: Il Fenomeno (Ronaldo) won the 2002 World Cup, before him it was Zenidin Zidane with France (1998); and there was the great Maradona in 1986 and of course the greatest of all: Pele with Brazil (3 times! ). Also Christiano Ronaldo with Portugal won the Euro 2016. And there is always "Die Mannschaft" who beat Argentina in last World Cup final. But in Russia it must be Argentina. They have to win, they deserve it. It is a golden generation and they will win it with Messi. I hope Argentina will kick Germany out of the World Cup in the Knock Out stage. Messi with Argentina will be the next World Cup winner
Big players, big names, big records. Is the last chance for many of them, the downside is none of them need fame, a career or money, the only achievement left in most of this guys is a world cup champion. We have to see, depends how much they want the tittle and they names in the soccer history because they have the potential, no doubts, Argentina is a giant in soccer but sometimes a sleeping beast.
This World Cup will be the last chance Messi has to make is football dream come true. But in all honestly they have to learn from their mistakes because they seemed different in the Copa America. This could just all be Martino's errors. But I think he will learn from it. So Argentina should be able to win. There's a saying "A winner is just a loser who never gave up." Hopefully this is is true for Argentina
You people mean-mouthing Germany are clueless. The Germans have two things Argentina doesn't: they don't lay down and quit and they play to win when it counts. Argentina can't handle the pressure of a final. They almost always implode emotionally and they cry worse than women when they get beat. That's what I saw in 1990, a final in which they played a negative non-game full of fouling and dirty play (the whole tournament), 2006 and 2010. They behaved a bit better in 2014. They are not a mentally strong team. Germany is.
Germany consistently go further than any other team. In their 18 world cups they've made it to the final 4 a total of 13 times, they've been in final match 8 times, winning it on 4 occasions. Their average placing is third, higher than Brazil's fourth. And although they've missed 2 tournaments (1930, 1950) they've never failed to qualify. They were banned from the 1950 edition, and couldn't afford to send a team in 1930.
Very consistent over the last decade. Fresh talent since 2014. No Overbearing stars that command the ball and a great coach to make a team. They usually show a great attitude and thus are strong under pressure. The spotlight they are in right now is my main concern but I am sure they can handle it and become the first back to back world cup winners. At least it's what I dream of at night.
There are a lot of reasons Germany should be better than Argentina. First: they beat them in the finals of the 2014 World Cup in the finals. (1-0) Second: They have won more World Cups than Argentina. (Germany 4, Argentina 2) Third: They've gone to the finals eight times. Last: Messi has retire from international football.
All Victory since new coach, Many great young player and playing as a team. Gabriel Jesus will keep kicking ass and Neymar too. Not to mention Coutinho has been improving a lot too (He score an amazing goal against Argentina in qualifiers). Douglas Costa is about to hit his peak, Casemiro is too, and best defense and offense in qualifier in South America. Literally they have been killing it the last year or so
From the ashes will rise the towering "inferno". So shall Brazil will rise from the humiliating agony of defeat to the triumphant thrill of victory. This is only possible if the team remains discipline, cohesive, excellent team-work, individual superb skills and ultimately believe in blessings from heaven above, Almighty GOD.
Brazil always strike back after being humiliated. After they lost to Uruguay in the traumatic 1950 final, they won three of the next five world cups (1958, 1962, 1970). Similarly, after being thrashed 3-0 by France in the 1998 final, they won the next world cup (2002). And now, remembering the disaster in the 2014 semi final against Germany, it is time for Brazil's sixth title.
Recently, Brazil's Olympic dive team complemented the national team's ability to dive all over the pitch. They were very enthusiastic about the new dives the team had come up with for the 2018 World Cup. They singled out Neymar for his outstanding ability to dive!
Pogba, considering his beautiful form at Juve, will strongthen their growing midfield alongside Matuidi. Zouma is the defender to watch followed by their first choice Center Back Varane. Obviously Martial, the press just can't stop raving on about his majestic play at Old Trafford and partnered with Griezmann and Benzema Les Bleu's attacking force will reign supreme. Our shot stopper Lloris is a great keeper who consistently outsmarts opposition strikers. Backtrack to France's friendly vs Germany and you can watch 1998 World Cup champion Deschamps leading his country to dominate possession and restrain the German attack. That was less than two weeks ago and just shows how what France are capable of.
The game was interesting. That one goal Croatia scored on France when the goalie was about to kick it and it hit off the players foot and into the goal was kinda ridiculous. If I was the goalie, I would be embarrassed. Overall though, it was a great game.
France has a good chance of winning because they have done great in the euros and now they are doing really well in the 2018 world cup qualifiers.
After losing to euro cup 2016 finals they have built their stamina for FIFA world cup 2018Russia. Antionne Griezmanne is doing great for his team and he is still young..
I'm not the sort of person to believe in fate and it's very unlikely England will win the 2018 World Cup, plus winning a World Cup isn't down to luck or coincidence, but winning a football match could well be. England are the punchline to their own joke, the performance of their football team perfectly reflects their nations sense of humour and overall attitude. Other countries seem to believe the English are arrogant football fans and that can't be more than the truth, although chants could come across big headed they have a underlying self degradence as all England fans know they can now never expect their team to "score one more than you" or even utter the words "footballs coming home" without a sense of unrealistic hope. England don't have bad players and on a good day, they can beat anyone, the problem is they haven't had many good tournament days in their 50 years since '66. Considering this and many other factors, the dreamer inside of me thinks if England can have a few very ...more
England has got a bunch of young players and a very trustworthy front line featuring Vardy, Kane, Lallana etc. Although their Euro campaign was disappointing, until 2018, their youngsters will have gained experience and the English team will contain a lot of talent. Firing Hodgson was a crucial move, since he didn't make correct use of the awesome players he had in his arsenal, and with a new coach, England may have a lot of chances to lift the World Cup trophy. However, I believe that a new goalkeeper must also be found, since Joe Hart isn't at his top shape, and by moving to Torino, his performances will worsen.
England had a very poor outing in EURO 2016 - the Iceland game was a disaster. They have a long way to go. There is no denying the ability of English players. They are good, but 'something' is missing. They do not play well in tournament football, and they have gone from manager to manager to help them improve but to no avail. They should always be considered an outside contender to watch, but that's it. They are not a top 10, but an 11 or 12 - again, outside contender, but nevertheless, still a contender. It hurts, but one can only hope that football returns home one day.
Fifth? Hell I'd be happy to make it through the group stages, England aren't anywhere near good enough too challenge for the World Cup. Poor goalkeepers, shabby defense that might improve, reasonable midfield, and strikers who just can't score (at the moment at least), it just won't happen.
They actually have a good team, and aren't based around a single player, unlike Portugal (Cristiano Ronaldo), Argentina (Messi, though other players are pretty good), England (Harry Kane), Egypt (Mo Salah), Uruguay (Luis Suarez), Croatia (Luka Modric to a degree), Wales (yes, they failed to qualify but Gareth Bale is pretty much their star player) and Brazil (Neymar, who honestly needs an asskicking). If they can put egos aside, Belgium are a very strong force and will need that going into a game with France next. I wouldn't put it past them to lose to whoever wins out of England vs Croatia, but it'd be unlikely.
Young promising squad. As I write this Lukaku is the PL's top scorer, de Bruyne has the highest number of assists and Hazard looks set to win the league. At the time of the world cup they will be 25, 26 going on 27 and 27 respectively. They will have a strong defense and a number of other promising players coming through.
Beligium have a very deep squad, with above average players on the bench. Players like Hazard, Lukaku, Carrasco, De Bruyne, Courtios and Nianggolan who are among the 10-20 best in the world at their position. Assuming a perfect world with no injuries by 2018 other players like Origi, Fellini, Vertongen, Dendocker will get better with experience. It's the World Cup I see them making it, at the very least, past quarters and after quarter finals it's anyone's game.
Really underrated, they have a very strong team despite the disappointment at EURO 2016. They are strong across all areas of the pitch, no weak areas in their squad. If the team work well together they will be a force to be reckoned with.
All your negative comments about Portugal team is questionable and not valid. There are haters out there. I am wondering why? This team has fought hard and has been very strong the last 10 to 12 years. They've gone to the quarters, semis, and finals. They have won the Euro 2016. Why for example Italy, which is my background, is favoured to win. They had so many failed attempts and coaching has been dismal. Contes style of coaching Azzurri doesn't work! I am tired of the defensive strategy that they implement without a true plan of attack. Pirlo was a great set piece. But he is gone. Buffon is getting old.
No idea why people have rated Portugal after Brazil or even Argentina. I mean the clubs are not full to splash close to $50 million on players like Renato Sanches, Bernardo Sivla, Andre Gomes, Andre Silva, Rafael Gurrero to name a few. Add Ronaldo, Nani, WIlliam Cavarlo to that list. Rui Patricia got one of the safest hands around. Yes, Pepe Fonte are ageing but nevertheless I don't see any team more balances than Portugal at the start of the WC 2018. And most of them are starters in their respective clubs.
Portugal worked as a cohesive unit with or without Ronaldo. Coach Santos do wonders with their players in terms of work ethics. Portugal team has Cristiano Ronaldo, one bright star surrounded by unknown stars that will fight for him. They'll have a chance to win the World Cup with luck, passion, determination and GOALS!
Don't ever count portugal out everyone said portugal would not when the euros and they did. Also portugal has maid the last 4 in recent years in major competition s. And portugal isn't just ronaldo there are many talented players. The euro final proved that.
Mexico has a real chance to win, if not go far, in the next world cup. Many new young players are bringing new skills to the table. They are starting to establish a playing style, and are dominating matches. Jesus Manuel Corona, Carlos Vela, Jonathan Dos Santos, Guardado, and Hector Moreno are the backbone of the Mexico National Team, and all play in some of the biggest leagues in Europe. They only lack a real world class striker, sorry Javier Hernandez isn't that, yet.
Mexico has a possibility to win the 2018 fifa world cup. Mexico main key player in the 2018 world cup are C.Vela, Hirving Lozano, Oribe Peralta, Moises Munoz, CHICHARITO, Rafa Marquez, Andres Guardado, Gio Dos Santos, and many more. The main reason that Mexico got disqualify in the 2014 fifa world cup against Netherlands is that the Dutch make a fake dive that cause a penalty and Mexico got eliminated.
Everyone Knows that Mexico will win the World Cup one day at least one title. We have won 2 U-17 World cups, 3 U-22 World Cups 1 olympic gold medal, 7 gold cups, 12 CONCACAF Cups, 1 Asian cup (were invited to partcipate and won) and 1 Confederations cup. We just won first place in olympic qualifing. We are undefeated so far since the Copa America. So our younger players will thrive and win the world cup for us at least one like if u agree
Mexico will take the World Cup. They started by beating offs in Germany upset, then getting their 2nd win in a row. I say Mexico will not lose a single game and take the World Cup this year!
The team that played best football at the EURO2016 but at their own demise fell short against Portugal. If they have played their game that game they would have won the tournament. Amazing midfield and some of the most young talents in the world yet being introduced to the A team.
Croatia is a great team considering their lineup. I'm Croatian, and after doing research, I I found that if Iceland did not score that last minute goal vs Austria, Potugal would've played England, and Croatia would've thrashed Iceland. Oh well. 2018 will be our year!
They are in the top 4, how is this not higher? I hope they win against England. This is a team I turned from hating to loving. They sucked in 2014 and had the worst goalie ever, I even booed them off my T.V. for playing like trash. Now they improved so much and can play really badass now,one of the best teams currently.
My money is on Croatia. Perhaps the most cohesive squad in the tournament, alongside Belgium. This tournament seems to also be poised for the underdogs and it would be refreshing to see a new winner.
The U.S. were already eliminated from the Olympics and have no chance at winning! I'm very disappointed with this team and believe the round of 16 is out of sight.
They are not the best team but I will still support them even when Clint demesy and tim howard aren't on the team any more. But they try there butts off so lets go for team USA!
Is this a joke? They didn't even make it to the world cup! Losing to Trinad and Tobago! Then it is higher ranked that Spain, who beat Argentina 6-1! What is this trash!
Is it a fair competition when the other teams are playing football but the USA keeps playing soccer? How could they possibly win?
I don't think Sweden will win but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a boss on the pitch. And Sweden has never won a World Cup before. trust me. They made it to the finals once and lost 5-2 (lost to Brazil)
Sweden have never won a World Cup. They're decent but definitely need some work.
Ah no! Group A : Netherlands France Sweden * rest of teams are not good. But only two teams can pass on
Sweden was really strong but they gave up against england.
Russian hooligans become more notorious at home. So Russian team can also become more successful at home, I think they can at least make through quarter finals
I'll be surprised if they get out of the group stages. Okay, they might get a fixed group like Brazil in 2014 (proven, look it up), but they'll still manage to mess it up
Personally, I think Russia will loose in the round of 16, nothing against them, but I don't think their good enough yet.
Russia will win they will try hard because they are in their own country, Russia never give up.
They're aging too quickly. They actually have a lot of players left from the 2010 squad.
Spain is a good team but I think their defense has to work harder.
I think we should give spain a chance.
they've got some youngsters
and lets not forget Iker Casillas
They should shine again
I love the Netherlands I've watched the 2014 FIFA while there on vacation and we were rooting for them. I'm from Israel and our soccer teams are nowhere near those in Europe and South America, so I've always stuck to Holland. Robben and Van Persie or some of the best players out there.
I am a Germany fan all the way but I truly believe that Holland is the single team that hasn't won a World Cup, that really, really deserves it. If Germany (or my second favorite, Poland) doesn't win, I hope Netherlands wins it. They are strong with Arjen Robben and Van Persie.
Definitely a team full of young stars in 2018. With the way they are doing now they surely won't be it far. But I'll say with quite a lot of confidence that they have a large chance of winning the World Cup if they play the Organge Lions normally play..
Sadly you need to vote for something so you can comment on it, but I just had to because THE NETHERLANDS DIDN'T EVEN QUALIFY!
Guys my favorite World Cup team is the Netherlands OK I was rooting for them all along 2014 while I was there on a vacation but the amount of stupidity here astounds me. Did none of you even bother to check if they actually got in?
Their sub-20 team shows promise as they won their South American cup, beating rivals like Argentina and Brazil. There's promise of these young guys rising up to fill in some of the roles 2 years from now. Suarez, arguably the best striker in the world, will ultimately be giving his last shot this World Cup
I think France will struggle against Uruguay in the quarter-finals because of their defense...Uruguay can go all the way in my opinion.
I think they'll be second they're already in top of the list.
Don't think that it's gonna happen but with Suarez it is very possible
They play with no insurance.
Are they even playing now?
The equivalent to crap
They would probably make the barefoot excuse like they did in 1950
I think Iran has a chance of beating England and Spain, but not Germany and Brasil, even do we almost tied the game with Argentina in the 2014 World Cup.
Although Iran are out of the world cup but at least their dedication,team work and skills were amazing and they were inches away from destroying Portugal.This makes me really proud of Iran.They are a good team in my opinion.
They have good defense
Pretty strong but they couldn't do it they tied against portugal
Italy, Netherlands, United States, Chile, Bahamas (WT heck? ), Ireland, Wales,Canada,Greece, Turkey,Scotland, Romania,Somalia, New Zealand, Curacao, India, China, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Korea, Ghana, Iraq, El Salvador, San Marino, Fiji, Trinidad and Tobago, Pakistan,Tonga, Cambodia, Paraguay, Guatemala, Hong Kong,Estonia, Uzbekistan and Samoa didn't qualify. All other great (Argentina, Germany, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, France) teams would win if they had better squads. Their coaches messed up the squads and now I believe Poland can win the WC. A half of the teams that are on the list and I said they didn't qualified are put here for a joke. Uruguay and Colombia also have good chances because they have fine squads (although they could also do better). Croatia has a good squad, but they always dissapoint. I think this year, Poland has a chance to win. I'm not Polish, but I will support them (I'm Croatian). GO POLAND!
Well on best day Poland can beat anyone my Heart tells me they can win it all but my mind say top 4 would be fair. Whole team works hard and Lewandowski just wraps it up for them 1 men can't do it by himself. Poland has few unpolished diamonds on bench that can shine during world cup.
I believe in miracles. They can win. In the Euro Cup 2016 the were a penalty kick away from quarter or semi-finals. I don't remember. I think they can get to the top. People will see that they are better than most people think. The team is excelling so we have a chance
This team is being underestimated and that's fine let them fly under the radar. After they win the World Cup all the Polish jokes can be retired.
Bet Korea DPR 3-1 and have strong team could shock the world and could become the Asian Costa Rica.
I think they'll qualify, and might really surprise a European nation
I think Italy has a good cHanceville at the 2018 world cup because. Italy has very good defense starting with chellini then there is bonnuci then barzagli, all these guys are very good at defense plus buffon in net. And these 3 players all play together on juventes. So they are very experienced. Italy can simply score a goal and then play defense the rest of the game, that's what italy likes to do, this is what makes italy so good and that's what helps italy win.
This is Buffon's last World Cup (I'm hoping that he reconsiders and plays for another 10 years). If this is going to truly be him end I want to see him go out as a champion. We just need better strikers. That is our only problem at this point. Here's hoping that Balotelli keeps up his form and continues to grow and improve.
Since Italy finally has a formidable attack with players like Belotti, Insigne, Immobile, and others, I think they have a real chance at winning the World Cup. Buffon is in great form, Italy's midfield is still one the best in the world, and their defense will be unstoppable with the likes of Chiellini, Bonucci, and Barzagli.
Italy have wone the cup in 82, 12 years later only lost in penalties to brazil, 12 years later won the cup again, 12 years later they will be extremely dangerous in Russia, they are improving very quickly and will win it again!
They failed to qualify because they we're in the group with Portugal and Switzerland. They're so unlucky.
"They have never been to a world cup". Canada did appear in the 1986 world cup, but were eliminated in the group stage. Canada can't win because they were eliminated in the qualifiers.
Football/soccer just isn't one of Canada's strong points. They're already good at other sports such as Ice Hockey anyways.
They're too nice to beat anyone. Beating someone would just make them cry. And by the way, other commenter, they have been to a World Cup
Canada will never win
Colombia have chance to win they are becoming more talented day by day. They also deserved the bronze in centenario 2016. James Rodriguez, Bacca and Ospina are the stars of Colombia.
Go James Rodriguez!
He is a great player, and I think he could give Colombia victory even without Radamel Falcao!
They played amazingly this last FIFA without there best player, they'll surely win this coming next one.
James Rodriguez is the best and will surely lead Colombia to victory!
Their unique style and dominance of the ball sets them apart. Now with experience, they might peak at the right time. A new coach with a different style will make them unpredictable and difficult to defend tactfully. The team is very balanced and they play as a team and adapt to the circumstances as the play unfolds. It seems that they all pass and seldom make mistakes. The Goalie has matured and plays for the best team Barcelona and now that they have won a tournament and they believe they can beat anyone. Most of the players have played in Europe and for the top teams, and since most of the South America teams are good unlike Europe who have too many teams that are not to par with the power house teams as Germany, England, Portugal, Spain, France and they don't usually get to play each other.
Their style of play is amazing the way they keep Argentina from scoring in copa america final means something there players they where unlucky in 2014 but by 2018 they will be the one of the powerhouses in football with players like Vidal, Medel Sanchez, Vargas, Aranguiz Henriquez and Diaz. Ibelive Chile will most likely win the 2018 world cup
They win Copa America 2 times continuous, And also jumped to Top 5 Fifa rankings. They will win World Cup or win at least a Bronze medal.
With Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal any team is a good team but Chile have other good players like Vargas.
Panama must win