South America clings to Brazil and Argentina to end European dominance in Qatar

MADRID, November 18 (EUROPA PRESS) –

South America will seek to end Europe’s dominance in the World Cup at the World Cup in Qatar, with Brazil and Argentina as the greatest exponents of a continent that had never gone so long without lifting the trophy and that counts its last participations in World Cup events as failures .

Led by Neymar and Messi, stars from Brazil and Argentina, CONMEBOL will once again face the challenge of ousting the Old Continent from a competition that has not escaped it in the last two decades. Since Brazil won the Jules Rimet Cup at the World Cup in Korea and Japan in 2002, European dominance has been overwhelming.

Europe has won four consecutive tournaments, three of them with full finals, France-Italy (2006), the Netherlands-Spain (2010) and France-Croatia (2018), and in two occupying the four places in the semifinals, Germany- Italy/Portugal-France in 2006, and Croatia-England/France-Belgium in 2018. In fact, except in 1930, with Argentina-Uruguay, and in 1950, with Brazil-Uruguay, a European team has always been in the final.

Argentina is the one that came closest to breaking the streak in 2014, but succumbed in extra time in the Maracanã against Germany in a World Cup where the semifinals were divided since they were reached by Brazil and the Netherlands.

In addition, the trajectory of both teams has not been good in recent editions, after the heavy defeat of the Canarinha against Germany (7-1) in ‘their’ World Cup and their goodbye in the quarterfinals four years later in Russia against Belgium ( 1-2), appointment in the albiceleste could not go beyond the round of 16 after losing to France (4-3).

It must be remembered that from 1966 to 2006 the alternation was continuous, with Argentina, champion in 1978, and Brazil, in 1970, 1994 and 2002, as representatives of South America, and England (1966), Italy (1982 and 2006), Germany ( 1974 and 1990) and France (1998), from Europe. However, since the meeting in Korea and Japan, the dominance of the European teams has divided the maximum world crown between Italy (2006), Spain (2010), Germany (2014) and France (2018).

Now, the challenge of breaking European supremacy arrives at the gates of Qatar, before what will foreseeably be the last World Cup meeting for Leo Messi and Neymar, who have a golden opportunity to return South America to the top of world football. The current CONMEBOL champion comes back to Qatar at a great moment and with 36 consecutive games without losing, while the five-time world champion comes with a fearsome offensive team.

For their part, Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, Ghana and Cameroon will be the representatives of African football in Qatar, in a World Cup in which they hope to make history, becoming the first team in Africa to play at least one semifinal of the world Cup. So far only Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010) have been able to reach the quarterfinals.

Asia can boast of a semifinalist, South Korea, who made history in 2022, with fourth place achieved in the 2002 World Cup held in his country and in Japan, improving on the quarterfinals of England’66 in its northern neighbor. . The fifth continent, Oceania, has it more complicated since its only representative, Australia, has only passed the group stage once in its history (2006).

South America clings to Brazil and Argentina to end European dominance in Qatar