World Cup 2022 Preview | Minnesota United FC

Here we find an interesting mixture of heavyweights and dark horses. Brazil are currently number one in the FIFA World Rankings, a designation that hasn’t been proven since the rankings began. Since the ranking system was established in 1992, not a single number one ranked team has won the World Cup. Either the system is broken or there is bad luck attached to this place. A look at Brazil’s roster proves why they are favorites to win the entire tournament; because they are loaded with talent, experience and the kind of flair that only Brazilians possess. In short, this team is incredible. Whether they face Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Thiago Silva or any other member of this historic team, the rest of Group G will have to be in top form against the Selecao.

Beyond the Brazilians, viewers should keep a close eye on Serbia. They topped a qualifying group that included Portugal, unbeaten in all eight games. Fulham ace Aleksandar Mitrovic is one of the most dangerous forwards in the world, while midfield maestro Sergej Milinkovic-Savic shows shades of Kevin De Bruyne’s skills just behind him. Across the pitch, Serbia are full of surprises and are ready and capable. Likewise, Switzerland recorded five wins, three draws and no losses in their qualifying run, beating Italy for the automatic spot. The resurgence of midfielder Granit Xhaka and defender Manuel Akanji will make the Swiss an even more dangerous side, with striker Breel Embolo providing the finishing touch and attacking boost. Finally, Cameroon (aka The Indomitable Lions) come into this tournament with low expectations. In fact, they have some of the lowest odds to win the tournament. However, the emergence of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for Bayern Munich and Andre Frank Zambo-Anguissa for Napoli will certainly boost the squad as they seek to exceed expectations and prove doubters wrong.

Finally, we have our other candidate for the “Group of Death”. Portugal and Ghana will be familiar foes, having been in the same group at the 2014 World Cup. In what will likely be Cristiano Ronaldo’s final World Cup appearance, this Portuguese side are stronger than they look. has been for years. A solid defense is flanked by some of the best full-backs in the world, including Joao Cancelo and Nuno Mendes. Ruben Neves will pull the strings in midfield, setting up Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva and the rest of the attacking talents at their disposal. Ghana has a rich footballing history, producing stars like Michael Essien and Abedi Pele. In the past, they proved their talent at the highest level, reaching the quarter-finals of the 2010 tournament. Their World Cup run ended at the hands of Luis Suarez and Uruguay that year, literally. As the match drew to a close, Suarez blocked a Ghanaian shot with his hands to prevent his team from losing in regular time, receiving a red card and instead giving his opponents a penalty. Miraculously, Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera managed to save PK and lead the team to an overtime victory. Ghana’s elimination by Sky Blue remains one of the most controversial moments in football. One way or another, there will be fireworks when these two get together.

For Uruguay, this year’s tournament represents the dawning of a new era. Mainstays Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez fall prey to Father Time, while Darwin Nunez and Federico Valverde look set to lead the team from here. It will be an intriguing World Cup from the two-time champions; will they find the courage within themselves to make another run or will the personalities clash and see them implode once again? Finally, South Korea looked set to face this tournament without talisman Heung-Min Son, a move that would have significantly hurt their chances of progress. However, the Spurs star managed to recover from injury just in time, giving his team the heartbeat they need if they are to score meaningful points, much like they did in the Cup World Cup 2018. Punters say Portugal and Uruguay will get away with this one, but it would be foolish to exclude anyone from this truly talented group.

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