With the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup now right around the corner following on from the September International Break, fans and pundits are already placing their predictions in motion as for who they believe will lift the prestigious trophy and who will have the tremendous dignity of labelling themselves as World Champions.
When deciding as to who will be the sheer out-and-out favourites to lift the World Cup this year, fans are almost spoilt for choice as to who is the best team to back to win the entire competition.
There is a general consensus amongst fans on which teams are the true outright favourites this year and given the unique nature of this World Cup, as it is the first iteration of the competition to be set in the Middle East and during the Winter months, there could be a great chance that a new World Champion will be crowned in Qatar.
The changes in fan atmosphere and hospitality will also be of increased interest in this year’s competition and should also provide fans with a greater showing of the best players and teams present in the world today.
These are the top favourites to win the FIFA World Cup this year, featuring a plethora of the world’s most elite footballing talent:
With five World Cup trophies forever lodged in the country’s football association cabinet, Brazil are the competitions most successful nation and are now aiming to add an unprecedented sixth trophy to their winners list.
The latest World Cup odds have Brazil ranked as the perennial favourites at 5/1 outright winners and given the overall talent and depth of players in the nation’s squad, it comes as absolutely no surprise.
With their attacking threat coming in the form of Neymar, Vinicius Jr., Raphinha, Richarlison, Roberto Firmino and Rodrygo to name a few, Brazil have one of the most fearing attacking threats present at the World Cup, as well as having a multitude of experienced defenders including Thiago Silva, Eder Militao and Marquinhos.
The reigning World Cup champions are still well within the running to become the first team since Italy in 1934 & 1938 to win back-to-back World Cup competitions.
Whilst this French team still bolsters the renowned world class talents of Kylan Mbappe, Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba, Nabil Fekir, Ousmane Dembele and Hugo Lloris among many others, there is still a worrying underline that the ‘World Cup winners curse’ could affect France this year.
Given the time span of the last team to win back-to-back competitions, a number of prestigious nations have often faltered in the very next competition so soon after winning the prior iteration of the World Cup, with Germany being the latest nation affect by this suspicious circumstance as the 2014 winners were dumped out of the 2018 competition in the Group Stage.
Even the very best teams have endured underwhelming campaigns with France’s 1998 squad perhaps being the greatest example, meaning that this year’s squad of players must remain vigilant and keep working in tandem without any chemistry issues to lift another World Cup.
When it comes to sheer talent on paper, the English national team is right near the top in that department given the likes of Harry Kane, Phil Foden, Jordan Pickford, Declan Rice, Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham that remain set to start at this year’s World Cup.
However, there have been several noticeable signs of struggles in the England camp which has been made very apparent in their recent Nation’s League games during the current and prior international breaks.
Manager Gareth Southgate has received his fair share of critics regarding the often-lethargic style of play that his squad adopts and as such there may not be a huge amount of optimism regarding the nation’s chances of winning the World Cup over other notable contenders.
This could be the final opportunity for Lionel Messi to lift the one trophy that has always eluded him with the legendary Argentine still looking to bring the nation its first World Cup trophy since 1986 when they were led by the legendary Diego Maradona.
Argentina’s closet chances of winning the competition since those coveted years came during the 2014 iteration where they narrowly lost to Germany in extra time of the 2014 Final, with Messi still looking to prove his international doubters wrong.
Despite the likes of Sergio Aguero, Javier Mascherano and Gonzalo Higuain now departing from international duty, Argentina still bolsters a competitive and vastly talented team, with an improved defensive presence in the form of Spurs centre half Cristian Romero, a position that has often been the nation’s weak point in prior competitions.
The 2010 winners are looking to seek an improvement in performances from the 2014 and 2018 competitions, meaning they could be a potential growing dark horse contender following on from their improvement in squad depth and young talent in recent years.
With the experienced Luis Enrique at the helm as manager, Spain have showcased some of their potential great talents across the park and are looking to rise back to the challenge of becoming World Cup contenders again.
The late 2000s to early 2010s were the golden era of Spanish football and while the team is unlikely to rise to the prior levels of Andres Iniesta, David Villa, Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas among others, there is still more than enough talent in this squad to mount a challenge for the World Cup this year.