FIFA World Cup 2018
The Brazilian’s heart is already beating harder. That’s because the biggest soccer tournament on the planet, the World Cup is less than 60 days from the opening game. The 2018 edition, which starts on June 14, will be played in Russia, where 32 teams will face each other to try and win the dream title.
The Presence of stars like Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Kroos, Griezmann and many others in the World Cup, is guaranteed. But, which one has the best chance of being a champion? Which teams are the favorites? And what can we expect from the Brazilian national team? To answer these questions, Wave has prepared a brief guide with the main highlights – favourite teams – of the 2018 World Cup.
The favourite teams
Highlights: Neuer, Hummels, Toni Kroos, Muller and Mario Götze.
The current champion continues to be a favorite. If they win, Germany will be a five-time champion, equaling Brazil’s number of achievements. The Germans won the 2017 Confederations Cup with an alternative team and easily passed the qualifiers. It is an extremely talented team, especially in the midfield led by Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) and in the attack, with the class of Muller (Bayern Munich) and the speed of Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund). In addition, they have a strong and consistent defense.
Highlights: Lloris, Varane, Matuidi Sissoko, Griezmann and Mbappé.
The French team arrives as a strong candidate. It has a skilled squad, with emphasis on the midfield, and a strong defensive sector. The strength of its defense was proven in the Qualifiers: only one defeat in ten games. The French can count on the good phase of its top scorer Griezmann and can also bet on the physical vigor of their young players to overcome the opponents.
Highlights: De Gea, Sergio Ramos, Piqué, David Silva, and Iniesta; Isco and Asensio.
Despite the poor image in the last World Cup, when it was eliminated in the group stage, Spain remains one of the teams favoured for the title. This is explained by the undefeated campaign in the qualifiers (nine wins and a draw), by the power of its midfield, with Iniesta (Barcelona) and David Silva (Manchester City), and by its renewed attack with Isco and Marco Asensio (both Real Madrid).
Highlights: João Moutinho and Bernardo Silva; Cristiano Ronaldo
Many may consider Portugal as the ‘least favorite’ of this list, but the fact is that the Portuguese have the qualities needed to get far in the World Cup. In addition to being the current European champions, there is the Cristiano Ronaldo factor. The Real Madrid’s super star is going through a good moment and has everything to take Portugal to the most advanced stages of the competition.
Highlights: Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho, Philippe Coutinho; Neymar and Gabriel Jesus.
Our team arrives at this World Cup to prove that it has overcome the most humiliating defeat of its history, the 7×1 game against Germany in 2014. After the fall, the CBF tried to raise the team by bringing again, the coach Dunga. This time, Dunga proved unable to mount a winning team. It was an unstable and unreliable team. He was replaced by Tite, the coach that most of the fans wanted.
With Tite, the Brazilian team was reborn. Since the debut in the qualifiers (Brazil 3×0 Ecuador) there were 9 wins in a row. In 16 games, there were 13 wins, 2 draws and only one loss. That team that was downcast gained confidence and reminded the world that, yes, we are the country of football. Strong marking, speed and offense are the main virtues of Tite’s Brazil. In addition, the coach was successful in his bets, such as Daniel Alves, Paulinho and Renato Augusto. Other’ athletes like Marcelo, Marquinhos and Gabriel Jesus, were able to affirm themselves which gave even more force to the team.
And of course, we cannot forget Neymar’s talent. It is in him that we place our hopes. If all goes well, the Brazilian team has all the requirements to fight for the title. Let’s hope!
As part of Group E, Brazil plays on June 17 against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don. On June 22, against Costa Rica in St. Petersburg. And, on the 27th, Brazil will face Serbia at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow.
All Brazil’s fans will be cheering on the Brazilian team in the World Cup in Russia. And in the celebrations, it is fun to use of their affectionate nicknames:
Verde-Amarela (Green-Yellow), Amarelinha (Dear Yellow), Seleção 5 Estrelas (5-Star Team), A Seleção de Todas as Copas (The Team of all the Cups), Pentacampeão (5-time Champion). Or, simply, Seleção Canarinho (Canary team).
The World Cup champions
- The only country that has participated in all the Cups: Brazil
- Countries that have won the most titles: Brazil (5), Italy (4)
- Teams that have played the most matches: Germany (99), Brazil (97)
- Countries that have won the most games: Brazil (67), Germany (60)
- Most scoring countries: Brazil (210), Germany (206)