Brazil, Argentina, France… Who are the favourites?

Gauthier Delomez
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06:52, November 20, 2022

The die is cast. The coaches of the 32 national teams qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (20 November – 18 December) have revealed their lineup for the 2022 football event. The opportunity for football specialists and fans to name their favorite formations for the competition. And the first is undoubtedly the Brazil of Parisians Neymar and Marquinhos. The French team, which is about to regain the title, maintains its chances despite recent withdrawals and a more than complicated preparation. Europe 1 rounds out those nations that have the best chance of winning the coveted cup in Qatar.

The big favorite of the competition: Brazil

The Selection has made a comeback. After a traumatic 2014 edition at home, the Brazilian selection has strengthened in recent years, and presents a complete, balanced and formidable team for the Qatar edition. Parisian star Neymar will be well surrounded offensively, especially with Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr or Arsenal strikers Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli. In defense, Brazil will rely on a hinge Marquinhos-Thiago Silva, two players who have played together for several seasons at Paris Saint-Germain. Added to this is Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker, one of the best at the moment. The Seleção, which monopolizes the first place in the FIFA rankings, will really look like a scarecrow and could aim for a sixth global star.

The main contenders for the title: Argentina and Spain

For the (probably) last of their genius Lionel Messi, Argentina can raise their ambitions and move on from a dismal 2018 World Cup in Russia. Winner of the last Copa America in 2021, and above all unbeaten in 35 games, theAlbicelestial surfs on a wave of excellent confidence just a few days after its entry into the race in Qatar. He can count on the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, who has returned to form, and on his former teammates at PSG (Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes) to try and do better than the final reached during the 2014 Brazilian edition.

This World Cup is also an opportunity for Spain to make a comeback. At the pinnacle of world football at the turn of the 2010s, the roia he experienced complicated editions before being reborn at Euro 2020, with a semi-final loss on penalties against Italy, the future European champions. The Spanish selection has few nuggets (Pedri, Gavi, Ferran Torres…), supervised by expert 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 ownership, France approaches this 2022 World Cup in the most total uncertainty. With a somewhat revised roster in recent times, Didier Deschamps will have to find tactical solutions to take advantage of a squad that is certainly small, but which still has two of the best strikers in the world, even after Karim Benzema’s retirement: Kylian Mbappé , Antoine Griezmann. Whether France can recover from their Ballon d’Or injury remains to be seen.

However, this offensive mayonnaise had struggled to take during a sad last Euro (elimination in the round of 16 against Switzerland). Despite recent poor performances, including a setback against future Group D opponents Denmark, the tricolors remain capable of showing off their best football at the best of times, as evidenced by their League of Nations victory at the end of the season. 2021 .

Regularly cited as title contenders, England also hold the keys to a great World Cup performance. If it has often been mocked, the English selection capitalizes on a fourth place at the last World Cup in Russia, and above all a final at Euro 2020 which it lost in front of its fans. Like Spain, this rise to power can materialize from the Qatar event where Harry Kane, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and their partners will try to bring a second star back to the shirt of the Three lions.

Losers to watch: Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands

Far from its level of world champion in 2014, Germany is hoping for a rebirth on the meadows of the Arabian peninsula, less than two years from Euro 2024, which it will organize on its soil. The Nationalmannschaftwhich still has some world champion players, must be able to compete with its promising youngsters such as 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 winner Cristiano Ronaldo, the China selection count on an amalgam of new talent (Bruno Fernandes, Nuno Mendes, Vitinha) to repeat another great performance, six years after winning the Euro in France.

Finally, the Dutch team, which returned to a World Cup after missing the Russian edition in 2018, can create the sensation of this World Cup. Alongside managers such as the former Lyonnais Memphis Depay, new talents of the highest level have emerged such as Denzel Dumfries, Davy Klaasen or the very young Xavi Simons (19), who moved to PSG. They will be eager to give everything to bring back a first star to the Oranges.

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