Brazil again monopolizes most of the forecasts. The powerful Verdeamarela is positioned as a favorite to win the World Cup in Qatar 2022. This is reflected in the consultation made by El Deportivo among 20 specialists from all over the planet. A dozen ex-soccer players -four of them World Cup champions- and 10 sports journalists gave 50% of the preferences to the Tite team.
“Brazil is, without a doubt, the favorite team to win the World Cup”, He says Rafael Martín Vázquez, ex-figure of Real Madrid and World Cup player with Spain in Italy 90. And this is how he explains his foundations: “It is an established team, with footballers in the best leagues in the world, with a lot of quality.”
jairzinhochampion with Canarinha in Mexico 1970Nor does he hide his predilection for his country’s national team. “For us it is almost an obligation to win the World Cup. Especially in this edition, with a team with many figures and very well led by Tite. Those are the main aspects that cemented our previous five titles. This could be the sixth, ”he argues.
And it is that the South American giant qualified Qatar with incredible numbers. They added 14 wins in 17 games (the match against Argentina was not finally played out) and only three draws, to finish as one of the two undefeated teams in the qualifiers, along with the Albiceleste.
“Brazil is always one of the candidates to reach as high as possible. They have a very generous squad and it is time for them to come out first in the World Cup again, something that has not been achieved for 20 years. It is true that it can be a heavy backpack, but I think they have the hierarchy to recover from that pressure,” he argues. Oscar Garré, champion with Argentina in Mexico 86.
J’s opinion is more emphaticörg Wolfrum, journalist for the German magazine Kicker, who recognizes that “The Brazilian striker is spectacular, They have players who can unbalance a match easily. There are not many defenses that can counteract the power of the South American team on offense.”
His colleague Eduardo Cornago, a reporter for the Spanish newspaper As, confirms that “Brazil is the top contender to win in Qatar 2022. It has a good mix of young players, like Vinícius Junior or Eder Militao, with some more experienced ones like Neymar himself and Daniel Alves. Player by player, it is the most complete team in this World Cup”.
Likewise, the Ecuadorian bimundialista Iván Hurtado adds that “The Brazilian team is incredible. He has key elements in all positions, from goal to forward, many have been champions in the most important leagues on the planet. Tite’s team is too talented to take on the rest of the teams. If logic is given, he should be the next world champion.
A similar response to Robert Prosinecki, Croatian who won the Youth World Cup in Chile in 1987, who asserts that “Brazil is one of the great favourites. It’s been a while since the World Cup was won by a South American team and it’s time. They have one of the best squads.”
For most of the specialists consulted, the trophy will come to South America. Although Scratch is the broad winner, the trans-Andean team appears behind the five-time world champions, albeit far away, with only four votes.
This is how he recognizes it Antonio Alzamendi, former Uruguayan strikerthe team with which he played in the World Cups in Mexico 86 and Italy 90, as well as winning the 1987 Copa América, when they beat the Chilean team in the final.
“It sounds very repeated, but the South American qualifiers are the most complicated on the planet, by far. In this sense, Argentina and Brazil are emerging as great candidate teams for the title. If I have to stay with one, I go with the Argentines. The mark of 36 games without defeat is something incredible. They play very well, with coach Lionel Scaloni they achieved good mechanics, in addition to having very talented players with a lot of character. We South Americans live football that way, with a lot of passion. That is an advantage”, explains the former River Plate striker, Copa Libertadores champion and best player in America in 1986.
In addition, what will very possibly be the last World Cup to have Lionel Messi provides a clear incentive for the players who won the Copa América, which they precisely achieved at the Maracana, against local Brazil.
“Argentina is the favourite. I think that, in such an atypical scenario, especially at the time when this version of the tournament is being played, the emotional aspect will be decisive.. Messi’s last World Cup represents something special for a great team like Argentina”, he assures Matteo Brega, journalist for the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.
your compatriot Pietro Cabras, editor of Corriere dello Sport, He has a very similar opinion. This ensures that “This is the last opportunity for Messi, who arrives with a high average quality to face this competition. Also, not everything can always go wrong and the Argentines have time to become champions again after a long time”.
Despite the declines, the national team of France still adds preferences among experts. So I gave itwrite Dino Zoff, the Italian captain who lifted the trophy in Spain 82. “The champion is in force, I have no doubts about that. He has a great squad and an excellent coach in Didier Deschamps. In recent years many of its footballers have excelled in the great elite of football. It will be a strange World Cup, but the Frenchmen have many options”.
That way you think so too Thomas Berthold, winner with Germany in the final of Italy 90. For the former defender, “France is one of the most complete teams in this World Cup. It is one of the strongest teams in Europe. right now and, surely, he has a good chance of validating the title he won in Russia in 2018″.
Another of the equipment that appeared in the query was the revamped box of Netherlands. This is how Paulo Vinícius Coelho, PVC, one of the faces of the SporTv channel in Brazil, explains it: “Louis van Gaal’s team has one of the easiest paths to reach the final. They will be eliminated in the group with Senegal, Ecuador and Qatar, to later play against the second in the group of England, the United States, Wales and Iran. Supposedly, they will have as great rivals in the elimination with Brazil and Argentina. This cup, unlike others, does not have favourites, only candidates”.