2022 World Cup: Brazil, Argentina, France … Who are the main favorites?

Gauthier Delomez
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06:52, November 20, 2022

The die is cast. The coaches of the 32 national teams qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (November 20 – December 18) have unveiled their roster for the 2022 football event. The opportunity for specialists and fans of soccer to designate favorite formations for the competition. And the first of them is undoubtedly the Brazil of the Parisians Neymar and Marquinhos. The France team, which is going to reconquer of its title, keeps his chances despite his recent withdrawals and a more than complicated preparation. Europe 1 goes around these nations that have the best chance of winning the coveted cup in the Qatar.

The big favorite of the competition: Brazil

The Selection is back in the foreground. After a traumatic 2014 edition, at home, the Brazilian selection has grown in strength in recent years, and presents a complete, balanced and formidable workforce for the Qatari edition. Parisian star Neymar will be well surrounded offensively, notably with Madrid’s Vinicius Jr or Arsenal strikers Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli. Defensively, Brazil will rely on a Marquinhos-Thiago Silva hinge, two players who have played together for several seasons at Paris Saint-Germain. Add to that Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker, one of the best currently. The Seleção, which monopolizes first place in the Fifa rankings, will really look like a scarecrow and can aim for a sixth world star.

The main contenders for the title: Argentina and Spain

For the last (probably) of his genius Lionel Messi, Argentina can raise its ambitions and turn the page on a sad 2018 World Cup in Russia. Winner of the last Copa America in 2021, and above all undefeated for 35 matches, theAlbiceleste surfs on a wave of optimum confidence a few days before its entry into the running in Qatar. She can count on the sevenfold Ballon d’Or, back in shape, and her ex-teammates at PSG (Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes) to try to do better than the final reached during the Brazilian edition in 2014.

This World Cup is also an opportunity for Spain to sign a comeback. At the top of world football at the turn of the 2010s, the Roja experienced complicated editions before being reborn at Euro 2020, with a semi-final lost on penalties against Italy, future European champions. The Spanish selection has a few nuggets (Pedri, Gavi, Ferran Torres…), supervised by experienced players (Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Koke…), and has all the cards in hand to shine under the direction of Luis Enrique.

The challengers on the lookout: France and England

Launched in the reconquest of its property, the France team approaches this World Cup 2022 in the most total uncertainty. With a somewhat reshuffled list lately, Didier Deschamps will have to find tactical solutions to take advantage of a squad that is admittedly diminished, but which still has two of the best attackers in the world, even after Karim Benzema’s package : Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann. It remains to be seen whether France can recover from the injury of their Ballon d’Or.

This offensive mayonnaise had however struggled to take during a sad last Euro (elimination in the round of 16 against Switzerland). Despite recent underperformance, including a loss against Denmark, future opponent of the Blues in Group Dthe tricolors remain capable of putting out their best football at the best of times, as evidenced by the victory in the League of Nations at the end of 2021.

Regularly mentioned as a contender for the title, England also has the keys to achieve a great performance at the World Cup. If it has often been mocked, the English selection capitalizes on a fourth place at the last World Cup in Russia, and especially a final at Euro 2020 which it lost in front of its public. Like Spain, this rise in power can materialize from the Qatari event where Harry Kane, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and their partners will seek to bring back a second star on the jersey of the Three Lions.

Underdogs to watch: Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands

Far from its level of world champion in 2014, Germany hopes for a rebirth on the lawns of the Arabian Peninsula, less than two years from Euro 2024, which it will organize on its land. The Nationalmannschaftwhich still has a few world champion players, must manage to deal with its promising youth like Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala or Kai Havertz.

Portugal will also be closely watched in Qatar. With the reverence of his five-time Ballon d’Or Cristiano Ronaldo, the Selection of quinas is counting on an amalgam of new talents (Bruno Fernandes, Nuno Mendes, Vitinha) to repeat another great performance, six years after winning the Euro in France.

Finally, the Netherlands team, back in a World Cup after missing the Russian edition in 2018, can create the sensation of this World Cup. Alongside executives like the former Lyonnais Memphis Depay, new talents have emerged at the highest level like Denzel Dumfries, Davy Klaasen or the very young Xavi Simons (19), who passed through PSG. They will be keen to give everything to bring back a first star to the Oranges.

2022 World Cup: Brazil, Argentina, France … Who are the main favorites?