Today, the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup will begin, with the eight remaining teams battling it out for a place in the semi-finals of the tournament.
Uruguay, France, Brazil, Belgium, Sweden, England, Russia, and Croatia are the remaining eight teams – of the 32 that started the tournament. After this weekend, only four of these eight teams will remain. But which of these eight teams can make it all the way to the final:
The South American team is just one of the two teams from the confederation – the other being Brazil. The Uruguayans have prided themselves in keeping it tight at the back. Since the tournament began, they’ve only conceded one goal.
One other strength of this team is that they have scored in every game so far. But Cavani is injured, a serious concern for them.
The young, star-studded French squad will be looking to repeat the feat of the 1998 team that went all the way to win the trophy. Under Didier Deschamps, they have all it takes to go all the way.
But they will need names like Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, N’golo Kante and a host of other names to be as consistent with their performances if they’re to make it to the final.
The bookies’ favorite to win the tournament, Neymar and co. will be looking to live up to expectations and go on ahead to win the trophy. With names like Germany and Spain out of the picture, it looks like it will be a stroll in the park.
Roberto Martinez’s side is one of the highest goal-scoring sides in the tournament. They’ve scored an average of three goals per game since the tournament started. That’s a scary amount; a figure that can propel them all the way to the final.
But it’s all about team-work, not individual play. Can they go all the way?
In a way, they seem to be the underdogs amongst the teams that made it thus far. They’ve heavily relied on their height, sturdy defense and taking the chance when it presents itself (against Mexico).
Gareth Southgate’s England is another European country looking to push all the way through to the final. They have only won the trophy once and the likes of Harry Kane will be looking to help his country win another World Cup trophy – as well as finish the tournament’s highest goal-scorer.
Qualifying for the quarter-finals has been sort of a miracle for the Russians, especially after knocking out one of the favorites to win the tournament in the Round of 16. It’s safe to say they have exceeded their own expectations.
But the Russians won’t mind winning the World Cup on home soil, the first nation, after France in 1998 to achieve the feat.
The Croats needed a miracle from their goalie, Subasic, to defeat the Danes in the round of 16. Asides winning three of their last four games in normal time, they have also scored in the second half of three of those four games.
Can they push all the way to the final? Which of these eight teams will make it to the final of the World Cup? Leave us your comments and share your thoughts with us.