World Cup 2022 Predictions
By Zeid Atassi, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
The most awaited event of the last four years is right around the corner. The World Cup is the time where all countries gather together for the sole purpose of football. Since participating nations are currently getting ready, it is safe to say that it is time for predictions.
The most believed stereotype in football is that European teams are the most skilled, and the best. Judging off of previous world cups, this may be true. However, I personally believe that the Middle Eastern and Asian teams are highly underrated. For example, in the 2014 World Cup, Algeria made it through to the round of 16’s against Germany, higher than any Arab country had reached before. Unfortunately, after a head to head game against Germany, they were short of one goal during extra time. Additionally, within the Asian region, Japan has been known to have the longest World `cup run so far, making it to the round of 16’s three times, but never farther.
Based on recent games, I believe that Argentina will have the highest success rate in this world cup, potentially winning for the third time. This is not only due to the fact that they have arguably the best player in the world, Messi, but also due to the fact that they are over 30 games undefeated ever since they won the Copa America cup. If their winning streak continues, then the future may be bright for Argentinian football.
Furthermore, ever since France defeated Croatia in the last world cup during the finals at a 4 – 2 victory, they have been becoming stronger and stronger. Players have become more skilled, the manager has improved, and the chemistry between the players is stronger than ever, making it more likely for them to win this year too. But if there is one outcome to take from all the previous World Cups, it is that a team should never be underestimated, and the World Cup is highly unpredictable.
Despite the statistics, many countries have put out a shocker of a performance, gaining the respect of the fans from all over the world. Take for example the shocking run of Iceland during Euro 2016. Although not the World Cup, they were the underdogs of the Euro 2016, but they made it to the round of 16s and won against England. The Iceland team left football fans all over the world at the edge of their seats with every game they played.
In conclusion, a lot has taken place since the last 2018 World Cup, but statistics do not hold an accurate prediction on the performance of teams, nor do they lead one to win. With the World Cup right around the corner, I believe we are in for a wild ride of entertainment with ups and downs, excitement and deception.
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