FIFA world cup 2018 is just knocking at our doors. After the great show in Brazil at 2014, once again the greatest show on earth is going to happen at 2018 for a full month. This time it’s going to be held in Russia. Like the previous one, there are 32 national teams which are going to play this tournament. As, so many teams are playing, it’s a very tough job to predict who is going to hold the FIFA world cup trophy finally. But, through analyzing the teams, players, their performance, playing venue and some other criteria, we can make a rough prediction of the world cup winner. This is being called a rough prediction because, as an unpredictable game it is, we can not just make a decision about winner and also no teams have been qualified yet for the final show except Russia as they are the hosts.
So, 5 teams will qualify from the African region, 4 or 5 teams will qualify from the Asia, 14 teams will qualify from Europe, 3 or 4 teams will qualify from the entire North America, Central America and the Caribbean, no more than 1 team from the Oceania and 4 or 5 teams from the mighty Latin America. As, Russia is the host, so they are already qualified and now for the rest 31 teams, I think it will be safer to say that, it will be a miracle if a team from Asia, Africa or North America go on to win 2018 FIFA world cup. Now, as it comes to the two other Sub-continents, since the world cup has started on field at 1930, the winners has always been from these two sub-continents. And, as the present form shows, It is very much impossible for an African or Asian team to beat any some european or Latin teams to the finals and win it.
Though, qualifying round of world cup has not been ended yet. From the point table, we can find out that, The teams which will most probably play in finals are: i) Brazil, ii) Uruguay, iii) Ecuador, iv) Chile and v) Argentina.
And from Europe, probable teams will be, 1. France, 2. Switzerland, 3. Germany, 4. Ireland, 5. Poland, 6. England, 7. Spain, 8. Italy, 9. Belgium, 10. Croatia, 11. Portugal, 12. Slovenia, 13. Greece and another is Russia.
Brazil is such a team which is an all time favourite of a world cup. And another favourite from this group is Argentina. Uruguay will be an underdog from this group because of the previous two giants.
Brazil: Brazil has a very good side consisting of the likes of the superstar Neymar Jr. and Philip Coutinho. Except these they have some very good talented players like Marcelo, Dani Alves, Philipe Luis, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Paulinho, Firmino, Danilo, Luiz Gustavo, Renato Augusto, Willian, Oscar etc. They all are very much in form roght now. This is the good news for team Brazil. But they will have some disadvantage of not being from the same climatic zone as the world cup is being held at Russia.
Argentina: This team has the Modern great of football Lionel Andres Messi. He has the ability of win any match by this ability. But as football is a team game, Argentina is very much enriched in that also. As they have players like Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero, Higuain, Lavezzi, Mashcherano etc. and they all are in the pick of their form for their reputed clubs now. So, they can hope for a world cup as well. But, they also have that disadvantage of not playing at the home ground.
Europe: Though Russia is the host, most football fans will agree that they can reach at the round of 16 at most as they don’t have that ability to compete with the other big names.
Ok, now let’s talk about the European Giants. Europe has got some big names like Spain, Germany, Italy, France, England, Belgium, Portugal etc.
Spain: 2010 world cup champions have players like Iniesta, Fabregas, Isco, Ramos, Pique, David silva, Diego Costa etc. This team has a nice combination of young and experienced players.
Germany: This team is an all time favourite of world cup. They are also the defending champions. They have got some very big names under their badge. Ozil, Kroos, Neuer, Muller, Khedira etc. when they play like a team, no team can be comparable to them. And they have got a very well team combination. Also Germany is in very good form and I think they can go on to win the world cup.
Italy: They are the four-time world cup winners. But their golden time is gone with the 2006 world cup. But, they have some good players in squad. But, I don’t think that they will win the world cup, because other teams are stronger than their current lineup.
France: France has a great chance of winning the 2018 FIFA world cup. Because, they have some very good players in their squad like, Paul Pogba, Griezman, Payet, Dembele, Kante, Martial, Varane, Ziroud, Gameiro, Umtiti etc. and their coach is Didier Deschamp, who is France’s world cup winner player. And the condition of Europe is in their favour. So, I think it is very much possible for them to Lift the world cup.
For Belgium, I think they have good players but they lack in experience, maybe, they can reach the last four, but not the champions.
As for England, they have quality players but they always lost their cool when they are in big stage. Maybe it’s for the media pressure. But I don’t think they can achieve something big in even this time.
The prince of Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo, he along with some quality players like Andre Gomez, Eder have won Portugal the EURO 2016, but world cup is on a different level and CR7 himself is not in the form of his lifetime. But it needs the form of lifetime win the world cup.
So, I think, This time no Latin teams are going to win the trophy, Again this time the trophy is going to remain at the Europe and I think the defending champion Germany will win the world cup trophy all again. By judging their current form, squad depth, mentality of players, team combination I think the Germans deserve the trophy. And if i am asked to give a second choice, I think France will be another team to fight for the trophy. I give them my choice for the runner-up.
It is just a prediction, we don’t know what will happen next, even Germany will qualify for the world cup or not as the game is very much unpredictable. But, this is the prediction, analyzing different aspects that Germany is the team who will win the FIFA world cup 2018 Russia.