You know the FIFA World Cup is near when the FIFA World Cup trophy starts making a world-wide tour. The trophy, which was in Nigeria a couple of days back, is the most coveted in world football and the anticipation is already high as to which country will win the trophy high in Russia.
As we countdown to the beginning of one of the most-watched sporting events in the world (if not the most-watched), the question remains: Which team will win this year’s world cup?
This question shouldn’t be much of a big deal because it’s the same age-long question that has been asked before the beginning of every World Cup final since it started in 1930.
But this time around, it’s a different ball game entirely, especially with the kind of teams gearing up to take on each other at the tournament. Let’s take another look at the pairings and which teams are likely to make it through to the knockout stages of the competition.
In Group A, with the first Egyptian to score a hat-trick in the Premier League in their ranks, Egypt will fancy their chances of making it through. Uruguay have Suarez and Edison Cavani in their ranks, two players who can help Uruguay score their way into the knockout stages.
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In Group B, the two teams likely to make it through is the one that has a certain Cristiano Ronaldo in it and the other star-studded Spain side. In Group C, it’s even tighter, but it is expected that France and Denmark should scale through.
We could go on and on, analyzing the teams that will make it into the knockout stages of the competition. But one unavoidable fact that this year’s edition of the tournament presents is the fact that it has never been harder to predict which team wins.
When the group stages of the tournament is done with, there’s a high probability that teams like Brazil, Argentina, Germany, and Belgium will make it through.
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Then of course some other teams like Poland, Nigeria, England, Switzerland, Mexico and Croatia could also find their way into the second round.
Now go on ahead and try to pair these teams together in the quarter-finals. Then work your way, in your imagination of course, through to the semi-finals and then finals of the tournament. Which team do you see winning the trophy?
Football is still funny and maybe, just maybe, there may be more than enough surprise for us at the tournament. Things may not go exactly as planned for some of these big teams. The underdogs may just play a fast one on the big boys and pull an upset.
Whether there will be upsets or not, the question remains: Which team will win the World Cup in Russia this July? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.