The 2018 World Cup is fast approaching. On June 14th the World’s premier football tournament kicks off in Moscow when Russia will take on Saudi Arabia. Legends will be born and villains created. Players will have the opportunity to write their names in to the history books and one team will emerge victorious. Will Germany be able to retain their title, or will Brazil come good once again. Maybe we will have a first time winner, Belgium’s golden generation are looking dangerous. Let’s preview the top 3 in the World according to FIFA’s current rankings.
Germany were convincing on their route to the 2014 title, famously beating hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-final. They reached the semi-final in Euro 2016 losing out to France. Many thought this may be a signal of Die Mannschaf’s decline but they have not lost since. They were in formidable form during World Cup qualification winning all 10 of their matches, scoring a joint European-record 43 goals. Their star man is Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos. He has won back to back Champions League titles and is readying himself for a third straight final against Liverpool. His impressive form hasn’t gone unnoticed and he is rumoured to be Man United’s top transfer target after impressing Jose Mourihno.
Brazil will be baying for blood after their humiliating exit from the 2014 World Cup. They will be looking to remind the world what they are capable of, having won the competition a record 5 times. Since taking over as manager Tite has transformed this current Brazil side. They topped the South American Qualification group, 10 points clear of their nearest rivals. They scored 41 goals in qualifying and will likely be the most entertaining team to watch this summer. Brazil fans will be praying that Neymar is fit to feature in this summer’s competition. He fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot while playing for PSG at the end of February.
Belgium’s golden generation will be looking to make an impact at this summer tournament. Ranked third in the world, Belgium will enter the competition with one of the most expensive squads. Unbeaten in the qualifying round they scored 43 goals, a record only equalled by Germany. Despite being impressive during qualification they have looked shaky during recently friendlies especially against Mexico. This may be why they’re only sixth favourites to win the competition. Many feel the big occasion may spook them. They crashed out of Euro 2016 in the quarter final against underdogs Wales. They have a squad full of Premier League stars, but after the current season Kevin de Bruyne has to be the standout. He spearheaded Man. City’s title win. In 100 games for the club he has 43 assists, a Premier League record.