Teams Most Likely to Win the 2018 FIFA World Cup

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The Top Ten
Argentina

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

Argentina will have Messi still at his best, Aguero a goal scorer and great dribbler, Di Maria with his pace, dribbling,passing and shot, Mascherano might be 34 years old but still brings the experience and leadership, Lavezzi, Lamela, Dybala one of the merging superstars in Seria A, Higuain a goal scoring machine and overall even if their defense might bring them down their attack will send them to glory. Messi will be as hungry and desperate as ever to win the world cup as he is getting older which will help Argentina win the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Go Messi, Go Argentina!

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

Germany

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.

Brazil

It is very strange but when Brazil are favorites they disappoint massively and when they do not qualify for the FIFA Confederations Championship and struggle to qualify for the World Cup and are counted out they win they were favorites in 82 and 86 and 90 but failed they came back and struggled to qualify in 94 needing a desperate win against Chile and pleading with Romario to help the team qualify and guess what they won the whole thing, in 98 they were favorites and got routed by France in 02 they struggled to find form qualifying and were counted out before a ball could be kicked and they won it in style!

Brazil won 5 world cups and this is surely going to be their sixth with Oscar and Neymar as well as Paulinho. Brazil in 2014 had a disastrous World Cup and actually did a very very bad performance but all brazilians and Brazilian fans from the outer world will hope this scenario will not repeat and Brazil will wake up from their long nap. And they will fix their engines as for the Brazil title 2018 russia World Cup is coming up. Go Brazil! VIVA BRAZIL.

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.

England

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.

Yes England have been a big disappointment overall in the last 5 years as a football club but many people have to see the other side, the England fooball team have a great, huge amount of tallent from sterling to Rooney and Kane but most of the failure was/has been down to the manager, Roy hodgson and big Sam, what the players do is what they are told and with Southgate I truely think that we can win this cup in 2018, with support and love, and the team as one playing like Germany or Argentina, so yes I would say we have a 60% chance of winning and keep hoping England fans, our dream will indeed come true soon!

France

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..

Belgium

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.

Portugal

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!

First of all Portugal tied all 3 of there euro 2016 group stage games( Hungary, Iceland, Austria). Second I like ronaldo and messi. Messi is better at passing and teamwork. And ronaldo is more selfish and skilled. But I personally like messi more

Mexico

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.

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 got very close last time and more or less was robbed along the way. Even Messi posted things about it. Like some have mentioned Mexico is an honorable threat and they seem fairly strong again. It's strange that the team seems very strong on most games then suddenly really have no focus. As long as they can keep and maintain good posture I can see them taking the gold. Maybe 2018 is for Mexico. PS- Trump will not invade or dissolve Mexico take your stupid comments elsewhere your making Trump supporters look bad and your only fueling the reasons why the USA is falling apart. Politics are politics and soccer is soccer kindly separate the two.

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.

United States

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?

Not being offensive to any USA supporters but I think that the USA will find it hard qualifying never mind winning.

Croatia

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.

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.

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!

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 Contenders
Netherlands

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?

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.

If the Netherlands can even qualify ahead of Sweden, they'll surely exit in the group stage. In the past they've had some amazing sides but a failure to even make the Euros makes it obvious they won't get very far at all

Sweden

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 was really strong but they gave up against england.

Sweden has won before, and can do so again!

Zlatan is retiring after the euro's 2016

Russia

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.

Spain

Spain is a good team but I think their defense has to work harder.

Spain will get a new manager meaning they could do better

After the new manager, the team now has become rock solid

Yeah Spain should win and replace keeper with de gea

Uruguay

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'm a psychic and I know that Uruguay is gonna win I can see it in my future

Don't think that it's gonna happen but with Suarez it is very possible

India

They would probably make the barefoot excuse like they did in 1950

India is crap they are the trashiest team ever

Will need al least 40 years to match them

They play with no insurance.

Italy

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.

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!

Italy can go on to the final of the world cup like every 12 years and will fight to win the 5-th world cup trophy in the final against Germany or Brazil or Argentina.

Iran

Nowdays iran is very good because the players are so young and work with plan and also have professional coach although they are first at asia and defeat most teams in the way of world cup and obtained several equality but it doesn't mean that they win the cup but they can show a good and memorable perform from themself to all of the people in the world.

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.

Pretty strong but they couldn't do it they tied against portugal

Poland

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.

Uzbekistan

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

They will never become the Asian Costa Rica and thus really surprise a European nation and they will never qualify to the world cup

Hungary

They failed to qualify because they we're in the group with Portugal and Switzerland. They're so unlucky.

Well my friend is lives here so yeah

Canada

"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

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Chile

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.

Tough team, Vidal is a fighter and leader, Sanchez is a fighter and has inspiration, all team play matches like they are in war. not easy to beat the Chilean spirit

Colombia

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.

They played amazingly this last FIFA without there best player, they'll surely win this coming next one.

Young talents maturing on their new teams, they'll learn a lot and win it for their country

James Rodriguez is the best and will surely lead Colombia to victory!

Panama

Panama play dirty and suck

Panama must win

Panama qualified 2018 FIFA World Cup!

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