Excited for the 2022 FIFA World Cup? Set to become one of the biggest events that will be staged in the Arab World, the World Cup 2022 comes with a lengthy list of “firsts” to both fans and players. In particular, the event marks the first time in World Cup history that the tournament will be held in Qatar and the first time that the competition will occur in winter instead of the usual summer season.
With these series of “firsts”, it is no wonder that fans all over the globe couldn’t help but tremble in excitement as early as today, despite the remaining two years before the actual event.
If you’re one among the many soccer enthusiasts who couldn’t bear the excitement, it’s best to know in advance which teams and players you should look out for before the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. To help you with that, here is a brief list that names the top teams and players that are leading the betting game.
Who else is there to watch out for other than the defending champions? Not only did France manage to snatch the title against courageous Croatia just 22 minutes from the final, but they also showed their fangs by exposing their high-caliber players, which include Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé, who is a world champion at the age of 19.
To date, as the team readies to defend their title, more stars are expected to add up to their strong line-up. This includes the dynamic midfielders Yacine Adli and Houssem Aouar, who have already been making names for themselves even before entering the tournament.
Standing as the most successful national team in the history of the World Cup, Brazil has long proven itself to be a colossal figure in the prestigious tournament with a record of 73 victories in 109 matches played, 5 World Cup Titles, 2 Second Place finishes, and 2 Third Place finishes.
With these credentials alone, it is no secret that the participating teams in the 2022 World Cup will be keeping their eyes on this venerable team. To add up to the hype, the players of Brazil are expected to be at their prime when the 2022 tournament finally comes, with Gabriel Jesus being only 20, Coutinho being 25, and Neymar, Casemiro, and Firmino all being 26.
Housing several valuable players, Germany comes as a visible threat in the upcoming World Cup. Although the team had gone through an early exit in 2018 with their only win coming at the last second against Sweden, their record of 4 World Cup titles, 4 second-place finishes, and 4 third-place finishes still make them a group to watch out for in 2022.
Aside from their experienced players that had already made their marks on the field, including Timo Werner and Leroy Sane, Brazil is also set to introduce a bunch of young blood that is sure to help their team get back on track, including the 19-year-old Kai Havertz.
Snatching the third place in the 2018 tournament against England, Belgium made its best finish yet since its first appearance at the first FIFA World Cup in 1930. With this milestone, many expect that the team will be prepared to bring their 2022 game into the next level with its iconic talents like Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, and Kevin De Bruyne.
To date, although many believe that the team’s defense will not be as formidable as last year’s, given that Nainggolan, Dries Mertens, Vincent Kompany, Moussa Dembele, and Jan Vertonghen are all now on their 30s, the addition of a few young blood into the roster is still expected to help compensate with the groups’ aging powerhouses.
Among this must-watch, next-gen superstars that are set to enter the field under Belgium’s banner include the 21-year-old Tielemans, the 22-year-old Timothy Castagne, and the 19-year-old Zinho Vanheusden.
The Bottom Line
Can’t wait to watch and see the heated battle between the best of the bests in the World Cup 2022? We bet you are. Bringing together 32 of the best football teams in a compressed 28 days, this grand sports event is sure to give you the right dosage of excitement, adrenaline, and pride as you cheer on your favorite teams and players towards their goal.