How Latin American Teams at World Cup 2018 Will Fare| 25 April, 2018
With just 50 days to the commencement of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the excitement about the mundial is increasing and a number of teams are being tipped to win the tournament. Names such as Germany, France, Argentina and Brazil are frontrunners while countries such as Belgium, England, Colombia and Uruguay are tipped to upset the normal order as they all boast good squads that are hungry to win trophies. The World Cup is so unpredictable that Premier League betting can’t give clear favorites to win the tournament.
For the CONMEBOL region, winning the World Cup will be a delight as Brazil were the last team to win the tournament in 2002. In those 16 years, European nations have dominated the tournament, but how do the countries from South America measure up to their counterparts from all around the world? We take a look.
Peru achieved a miracle by qualifying for the tournament, and as such are not expected to progress to the latter stages. The team, managed by former Argentina player Ricardo Gareca, qualified by beating New Zealand in an inter-continental fixture. Led by Paulo Guerrero, their all time top scorer, they are not expected to have a major impact but trust Latin Americans, their doggedness, flair and physicality means that teams won’t be too enamored by the prospect of playing them.
Whenever the Uruguay national team is mentioned, Luis Suarez comes to mind. The Barcelona striker is crucial to whatever hopes the 2011 Copa America winners have at the World Cup. The team, managed by veteran manager Oscar Tabarez, have a host of impressive players but it’s an ageing side. The likes of Suarez, Cavani, Muslera and Godín are all on the wrong side of 30, and this is probably their last chance of featuring at the competition.
The streets in Medellín, Barranquilla and Bogotá will be bursting with excitement when Colombia begin their World Cup campaign this summer. Names such as James Rodríguez and Falcao will be complemented by the talents of David Ospina and Yerry Mina. The country will be hoping they match the expectations of the last edition, where they lost to Brazil in the quarter-finals, despite the best efforts of playmaker, James.
The likes of Messi, Mascherano, Higuaín, Aguero and Di María know that this is their last chance of winning the trophy that has eluded them for 32 years since Maradona inspired the Albiceleste to glory at Mexico ’86. They lost the trophy to Germany last time out, and will be looking to make amends for three consecutive final defeats including the Copa America in 2015 and 2016, and Messi in particular is looking for validation to his throne as football’s greatest ever player.
The most successful team ever, Brazil are not at their best currently as there is an over-dependence on PSG star, Neymar. The 26-year-old is currently undergoing rehabilitation but should be fit for the tournament, though he may not be at his imperious best when the tournament begins.
Under Tite, Brazil have become more solid though the samba style is not as authentic as before, as there is a mixture of European efficiency to their game. With the likes of Willian, Philippe Coutinho, Ederson, Allison, Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino, Brazil are a very good side that can go all the way.
South America expects, and it would be a thing of joy to see any one of these five teams win the Cup.
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