[Opinion]: Four Countries Who Could Possibly Win The Russia 2018 World Cup

The World Cup Draw was made at the State Kremlin Palace on Friday, 1 Dec 2017. All the 32 qualified teams know who they will be meeting. It is great to look at the World Cup picture of Russia 2018. Here are top four favourites who could possibly win the competition.

GERMANY:

The reigning champions. The pundits’ pick. Very consistent and efficient. Joachim Low has been in charge as manager of the Germans since 2006. They have made it to the  semi-finals berth at the last six major tournament.. Chunk of the players that won the World Cup three years ago in Brazil are still in the team; Mat Hummels, Mesut Ozil, Tony Kroos, Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller and Sami Khedira. But the frightening part may be their depth.

Germany won the Confederation Cup in France with relatively unknown and inexperience players in June this year. Just two players in that team have made 20 appearances for the National team. None of them have reached the 30th age. They may not win but  a sure bet.

FRANCE:

Consistency has never been a trait for the ”Les Blues”. They should go into 2018 with a squad boost of young and talented players. The prospects is incredibly amazing. Ngolo Kante, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezzman are in their primes. Kylian Mbappe is the most wanted and admired teenager. The likes of Aymeric Laporte, Adrien Rabot, Thomas Lamar, Kingsley Coman, Anthony Martial and Ousmane Dembele are yet to make an impact in the national team.

France, historically, have depend on experienced players to make a step forward.  Successes in competition come when there is Zinedine Zidane. The man of the moment must be bigger than Kylian.

BRAZIL:

After suffering a massive blow at the last World Cup, Brazil are a force to reckoned with once again. They have been terrific in the last 18 months. The Selecao had a pretty enjoyable South African World Cup qualifiers. Beating the likes of Chile and Equador 3-0 and 2-0 respectively. They have gotten their ”MOJO” back; Playing with style and swagger now. They should win it if they replicate their qualifiers’ form into the tournament.

BELGIUM:

Belgium was one of the countries tipped by football experts and pundits to win the European championship in France in 2016 considering the prospect, talents and the squad depth but unfortunately they couldn’t.

Roberto Martinez’s side were booted out at the quarter-finals stage of the competition by a spirited Welsh team. They should win it if they are able to keep their form, firing and players stay fit throughout the tournament.