The FIFA World Cup is almost on the sports events calendar of the year. In 2022, the tournament will take place in Qatar from 20th November to 18th December. All the traditional national teams are joining, such as England, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, except Italy. The popular Azzurra lost to North Macedonia in the qualifiers and is out of the World Cup 2022.
Thirty-two teams, 64 matches, 28 days, the first World Cup in the Middle East. The excitement for the World Cup is increasing and the anticipation is if Brazil will get the trophy for the sixth time. Two very famous betting sites Betway and Bet365 have come up with winning odds in favour of Brazil. The next in competition will be England, France and Argentina. As the competition is coming close, the betting sites are attracting punters with all sorts of betting tips, winning odds and rewarding deposit bonus options in the Indian market. India is one of the countries where the betting industry flares up seasonally and though the country loves cricket the excitement for football is no less.
Let us see why the excitement is building up and which are the top teams and players that will gain everyone’s attention during this World Cup.
The Samba Boys are back on the international stage with a strong squad of world-class stars. The current Brazil team is well-placed to end their 20-year wait for the World Cup. Brazil is undoubtedly the best team in the world. The latest FIFA ranking shows they are top of the globe with 1837.56 points. They are also unbeaten in their World Cup qualifiers. Brazil will have to first find their way past Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon, in Group G, before bigger tests likely await in the knockout stages.
Coach: Adenor Leonardo Bacchi
FIFA ranking: 1
Key players: Neymar, Casemiro, Marquinos, Vinicius Jr.
Thiago Silva and Marquinhos have a fair chance of starting through the middle, but Eder Militao, Bremer and Gabriel Magalhaes are all regular starters at some of Europe’s biggest clubs, too.
Brazil’s wealth of options up front is another reason why they are one of the pre-tournament favourites.
Attackers like Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Gabriel Jesus, Raphinha, Antony, Richarlison make the team even stronger. Neymar without any doubt is one of the most popular South-American football players of all time. The Selecao star, also third on Brazil’s all-time scorers, is the player most fans want to watch during the World Cup.
It’s fair to say that plenty of coaches will be envious of Brazil’s candidates in attack!
Brazil will enter the 2022 World Cup in a stronger form than their previous campaign on the world stage. The South Americans went undefeated in their qualification campaign to Qatar, winning 14 matches and drawing just three.
Also, a strong squad with players like Neymar who will make his third consecutive World Cup appearance off the back of his stellar club form with Paris Saint-Germain. He has netted eight goals from as many appearances to open his account this season in Ligue 1, almost equalling his 13-goal showing from an injury-riddled 2021-22 season. Moreover, Real Madrid player Vinicius Jr. is set to make his maiden appearance on the world stage, with his breakout, 17-goal 2021-22 season.
All these factors along with the fact that Brazil is quite familiar to its opponent teams since the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia will meet in the group stage for the second time in a row. However, Cameroon has replaced Costa Rica from the previous tournament.
All these factors in combination might play a major role in Brazil’s success in FIFA World Cup 2022 as is also visible from the high winning odds.
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