What to expect from the World Cup in Russia14/06/2018 12:26
The upcoming World Cup in Russia comes with many things that are expected. What will happen, it remains to be seen. But one thing is for certain, it will definitely be an exciting tournament.
Italy and the Netherlands are maybe the two most famous nations that will not be participating in the World Cup. Added in the mix can be superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, despite Sweden participating in the tournament. While the striker is 36 years old, he is still considered box office and a player definitely worth watching.
Meanwhile, the World’s biggest superstars are already in Russia. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar are all expected to perform well and lead their nations to glory. They should also be considered the top three candidates for potential best player of the World Cup.
Uprising superstar Mohamed Salah is also expected to play for Egypt and help them go deep in the tournament.
Spain should be considered to go deep as well, despite their internal problems and the firing of coach Lopetegui just days before the start of the tournament. Will the Spanish superstars get together and ultimately overcome this adversity it remains to be seen.
When it comes to expectations, it would be a good bet to avoid chasing a lot of red cards in this tournament. Some of the most aggressive players like Arturo Vidal and Daniele De Rossi did not manage to qualify for the tournament. If we talk about goals, it is only natural to expect a lot of goals at a tournament like this. Especially with the participation of a handful of “sub-par” nations like Panama, Peru and Saudi Arabia in tough groups.
To piggyback on some of the above, Spain can definitely be considered somewhat of a dark horse in this World Cup, with all their internal adversity. Will the Spaniards come together as a group or crash out from the tournament nobody can know for sure. For any risk chasers out there, you have a challenge.
Another interesting question mark may be the German national team. What should be expected from the World Champions? Is it possible for World Cup fatigue to kick in? Is Manuel Neuer ready to help them go deep in the tournament? Will Thomas Muller continue his great World Cup goal scoring efficiency? Many question marks can be raised regarding the Germans and the answers will definitely be interesting.
Finally, it can be said that Colombia pose a great threat “from the shadows” to the big teams. Boasting the likes of Falcao, Cuadrado and James Rodriguez the Colombians may indeed have a great chance to go deep in the tournament. Something similar to what the Uruguayans did at the tournament in South Africa in 2010.
Best of luck to all the participating nations and let’s hope for a wonderful and fulfilling tournament!