Last Updated on February 13, 2024 by Nasir Hanif
There is nothing like a football World Cup and there is one just around the corner with many teams adamant that they should be lifting the World Cup trophy in December. With this being the first winter World Cup, the country who wins it would be breaking new grounds and they would go down in history as the side who won the winter World Cup in Qatar. Like a casino new to the game, the Qatar World Cup is the first to be held in the country so there would be more history for the country who won it.
With still a few months to go and clubs yet to commence their leagues for the season many things could change but who are the current favourites to lift the famous trophy?
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The South Americans always go into a tournament as one of the favourites due to their successful history having won the World Cup the most times in its 92 year life span. Yet history is not the reason they head into this as possibly the biggest favourite but it is in fact that they have one of the most well rounded teams they have had in years.
With the likes of Neymar in attack they are always going to be a danger but with the Liverpool pairing Alisson and Fabinho protecting him in goal and defensive midfield respectively then they stand a real chance of progressing further than the quarter finals stage like they did in Russia 2018.
The current World Champions always have the ability to cause issues for any side and they have an abundance of talent available to them. Despite criticism of Didier Deschamps, he has helped produce some of the best French tournament progression since his own playing days.
France are able to get an impressive tune out of Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe is arguably the best player in the world. They should make it out of their group with relative ease but will not want to repeat the last time they entered a tournament as World Champions back in 2002.
Having just been pipped to the post in the Euro 2020 final by Italy on penalties, England are hoping to go one better this time round. Gareth Southgate’s men have had impressive back to back tournament experiences but they are still yet to break the final hoodoo and win a major tournament.
However, with Harry Kane in fine goalscoring form always for his country and superb young talent all over the pitch the only restriction could be Southgate restricting them from attacking at will despite a talented defence with players he trusts.
The impressive powerhouse that is Germany. The fans always expect them to do well in a tournament and they have grown up on success not heartache unlike their rivals England. The 2014 World Champions are hoping to eradicate the poor experience of the 2018 World Cup and challenge the top teams.
Since that disastrous World Cup they have rejuvenated their squad and the young side gained experience at Euro 2020. Players like Kai Havertz are the future of the German national side and even if they do not win this World Cup they will certainly be one of the major frontrunners in the 2024 Euros on home soil and the 2026 World Cup in USA, Canada and Mexico.