Football World Cup 2018 in Russia is the most prestigious competition in the world of Football. Who are the favorites in 2018 and can Germany successfully defend the title?
So far six different teams have won the current World Cup Trophy, most recently Germany in Brazil 2014. Can national coach Jogi Löw formulate the successful line-up so that it can mount a title defense?
Which teams are always among the favorites in a football World Cup?
A defending champion usually has a tough time at the World Cup. Only once did a World Champion succeeded in defending its title in the next World Cup four years later. That was the case at the 1962 and 1966 World Cup finals when Brazil won the title in two consecutive tournaments. In addition to Brazil, which is always considered a strong contender for World Cup, teams who could lift the trophy this time include England, Argentina, France and Spain.
Will the German national team become world champion again and win the fifth star?
The reigning 2014 World Cup champions face the challenge of replacing many key players at the 2018 World Cup. Five veteran players (Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski) declared retirement from the national side after the 2014 World Cup.
The torch is now passed down to some of the best German nationals of Bundesliga Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, Jérôme Boateng. Meanwhile, Mesut Özil and Toni Kroos will be joining form English and Spanish league. This competition will be a great opportunity for Leroy Sané, Emre Can, Antonio Rüdiger and Shkrodan Mustafi to showcase their talents at the biggest stage in the world of football. A title defense is possible with such a prestigious squad, but the competition is good and the DFB team is not the only tournament favorite.
Which teams are favored at the 2018 World Cup?
It is hard to pick out an outright winner this year since almost every participating can lift the trophy no matter what the odds are. From the South American region, Brazil and Argentina are strong favorites, with Neymar and Messi, in their ranks. In addition to Brazil and Argentina, three top favorites from the European continent are the European Championship finalists France and Portugal as well as the former Kings of the world, Spain. While Uruguay, Poland, Belgium, and England fell into the category of being the dark horses, as these sides have the potential to cause upsets.
However, there is always the factor of luck in sports and especially in football. As long as a game has not been played and the referee hasn’t blown the final whistle, anything can happen. The unpredictability and the surprise factor that is always there in football make the game special and provide suspense until the last few seconds of the game. So, get yourself geared up for the kick off on Thursday, June 14th.