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Fifa World Cup With the Confederations Cup already over, good results and the environment proved that Russia is a perfect place for a large football tournament. Everything seems ready for the major competition that will take place during the summer of 2018, Germany will try to repeat the title they conquered in Brazil back in 2014 when they defeated Argentina with a Mario Gotze screamer. But the last four years have been filled with new additions to the world of football, new talents that promise to become the successors of the main stars that will likely play their last World Cup next summer. This tournament is arguably the most expected sports competition in the world, every four years we get to see the best national teams in the world compete to become the best on the planet. All football players who become professionals first dream of winning the World Cup with their country before thinking about anything else, this feeling transforms the tournament into one of the purest competitions in the world.

World Cup 2018 Key Facts

Latest World Cup winner

Latest World Cup winner

The Germans surprised the world and became the first ever European country to lift the trophy in the American continent, they managed to do so after defeating Argentina in the final with a winner scored by Mario Gotze. Another high note for the Germans is that unforgettable 7-1 victory against tournament hosts Brazil, the South American squad didn't have Neymar for that game due to a painful back injury he suffered against Colombia. That infamous night will forever be remembered by all Brazilians, in the same vein as the Maracanazo from the 1950 World Cup.

World Cup history

Created in 1930, the first World Cup was conquered by the Uruguay national team after they managed to defeat Argentina with a 4-2 score sheet. As we said earlier, Brazil is the National Team with the most trophies. They started writing an incredible success story back in 1958 when legendary Pele first came into the scene; he became the only player in football history who was named the MVP of this tournament at the tender age of 17. Pele is also the player with the highest number of trophies under his belt with three.

The country with the most World Cup championships: Brazil still has five cups, they are closely followed by Italy and Germany who have four each.

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World Cup 2018 Favorites

Germany

Germany

Coming fresh off an incredible 2017 where they won the European U-21 Championship and the Confederations Cup, manager Joachim Low was able to have the luxury of resting his top squad for those tournaments. There is no doubt that the Germans are the absolute favorites to repeat the 2014 victory. Currently, they can be considered the most potent side in the world on every single line. Germany's best asset and trump card are without question their team work.

Brazil

Brazil

Out of all the South American countries right now, Brazil is the one with the biggest chances of actually upsetting the competition and taking their sixth trophy home. Tite's work with all the youngsters who are up and coming, as well as his ability to blend young talents with the more experienced players have been the key to their success during the World Cup Qualifiers. Their biggest star Neymar will have a grand time playing alongside youngster Gabriel Jesus who is one of their most exciting new talents.

Argentina

Argentina

This might be the last World Cup we got from Leo Messi, and Argentine manager Jorge Sampaoli knows it. This generation of players have been denied a major trophy for the last four years, Messi hasn't been able to win a major tournament throughout his whole career. Not being able to succeed has been the main reason why he isn't yet considered the best player in football history. However, Leo doesn't really care about that, all he wants is to win the World Cup which is his wildest dream.

France

France

This generation of French players could just be the most talented in the country's history; they have at least three top-notch players in each position which has never happened before. The whole squad depends on what Paul Pogba does in midfield, whether Benzema comes back to compete or not remains to be seen. But the young talents that have been coming out in the past couple of years are more than enough reason for manager Didier Deschamps to not even consider the option of calling the Real Madrid striker. Even without Karim as the top striker, both Griezmann and Pogba are more than enough to strike fear into any opponent.

Spain

Spain

Even if legends such as David Villa, Xabi Alonso, or Xavi Hernandez are not on the squad anymore; Spain should still be considered amongst the tournament's favorites to win the World Cup in Russia. Julen Lopetegui is doing an outstanding job of helping the younger generation adapt to his system and tactics. Plus, a veteran Andres Iniesta is the player who will lead the Spaniards in what will ost likely be his last World Cup. The Barcelona midfielder will have other incredible talents like Isco, Thiago Alcantara, and young sensation Saul to accompany him in the creative area of the field.

 

World Cup 2018 Dark Horses

Belgium

Belgium

Now that the Belgium side has Roberto Martinez as the commander in chief, they have been delivering outstanding results in the last couple of years. Belgium has arguably one of the most impressive generations in recent football history; they have a wide variety of players who are versatile and have a secured spot in some of the most successful clubs throughout Europe. Chelsea's winger Eden Hazard is the undisputed leader, but they also have Romelu Lukaku, Yannick Carrasco, Kevin de Bruyne, Dries Mertens, and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois just to name a few.

Colombia

Colombia

This generation of French players could just be the most talented in the country's history; they have at least three top-notch players in each position which has never happened before. The whole squad depends on what Paul Pogba does in midfield, whether Benzema comes back to compete or not remains to be seen. But the young talents that have been coming out in the past couple of years are more than enough reason for manager Didier Deschamps to not even consider the option of calling the Real Madrid striker. Even without Karim as the top striker, both Griezmann and Pogba are more than enough to strike fear into any opponent.

Uruguay

Uruguay

The always dangerous and high-spirited Uruguay is ready to face another challenge with a seasoned generation of players led by Luis Suarez, and Edinson Cavani, their road to the World Cup was rough but were finally able to make it to the competition.

Portugal

Portugal

The current European Champions have a top-notch Cristiano Ronaldo and a young generation of players who have responded very well to pressure; the Real Madrid star could very well upset everyone once again and defeat any club in the competition. If Portugal manages to win the tournament in Russia, there will be no doubt that every single journalist around the world will place Ronaldo ahead of Messi as the best player in football history.

 

World Cup 2018 Players to Watch

Leo Messi

Leo Messi

It's now or never for the Argentine forward; this could very well be the last World Cup he has a chance of winning. During the last one in Brazil, it may have seemed like that was his best chance of winning it but as new talents have emerged with Argentina, the future doesn't look too grim for Leo. The Barcelona star's partnership with Angel di Maria and Paulo Dybala will be critical for the competition, Messi can also be widely considered a top contender to become the World Cup's top scorer. This is the moment of truth, the moment in which Messi will decide if he is the best in history or not.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

This could be an epic final chapter between him and Leo Messi on the international stage, Ronaldo already won the first round after winning the continental competition with Portugal back in 2016. There is no Hollywood script that can top a showdown like this one, Cristiano Ronaldo will do everything in his power to overcome any obstacle regardless of how much he praises Messi in public. The rivalry is there, denying it is entirely absurd, many may not like it, but it's there.

Neymar

Neymar

In what could be a golden opportunity to finally put and end to Messi and Ronaldo's reign, Neymar actually has a unique chance of ending the unbelievable rivalry between the two best players of the last decade on a wrong note for them and a fantastic one for him. Ney has a whole country and a well-balanced national team supporting him to emulate what Pele did decades ago; this player can become the best player for the next ten years if he chooses to do so. As things progress in Barcelona, a year before the World Cup was the perfect moment to reach the competition at the best level of his career.

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba

There are many experts in football who are convinced that Paul Pogba will be the player who competes to be the best player in the world against Neymar, the French midfielder has proved throughout the years that he is one of the best. In the next World Cup, Pogba has one of the best generations in French football history behind him to complete an unlikely feat. Paul's last two seasons with Manchester United have been nothing short from outstanding; he has finally found his best level under Jose Mourinho. Pogba is a player for the biggest games as he's proved it throughout the years.

James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez

Despite not being able to shine as he wanted with Real Madrid, James Rodriguez has never stopped delivering high-quality performances with Colombia. For the Russia World Cup, the midfielder comes in as the team's skipper with the objective of surpassing his riveting performance in the last World Cup in Brazil where he scored the best goal of the competition.

The Race for The Golden Boot

Thomas Muller

Thomas Muller

Just think about this: Thomas Muller already has ten goals in all the World Cup's he's played and he is only 27! There is a really good chance that he could surpass compatriot Miroslav Klose as the all-time goal scorer of the competition, the question is if he can be able to score at least six goals in Russia next summer. Even if he doesn't get to reach that number, Muller has at least another try in the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian striker is the other ace under the sleeve that Spanish manager Roberto Martinez has with Belgium besides Eden Hazard, this striker reminds everyone of a younger Didier Drogba with his explosive goal scoring capabilities.

Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford

Arguably one of England's most surprising appearances in the last five years. Despite being one of the youngest strikers in football, what Rashford has been able to do in only three seasons is only at the reach of the greatest players in history. The lad is the only hope the Three Lions have of doing anything important for this World Cup; his talent is a gift for all football lovers around the world.

Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus

The perfect companion for Neymar's talent with Brazil, Gabriel Jesus had a rocky start in European football but his second year was nearly perfect at Manchester City under the guidance of Pep Guardiola. However, his most impressive irruption was with his national team, where he has been scoring goals non-stop since he started playing for the first squad. Brazil has arguably one of the most impressive centre-forwards in the world, and also one of the youngest ones.

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