We might have another year to go before the big competition, but feelings are running high about the Qatar World Cup, especially hot on the heels of the conclusion of Euro 2020 and Copa America. Audiences all over the world are showing a heavy preference towards European and South American teams at the moment but let’s break down every one of them and how they have achieved their favourable status.
Why European and South American teams are leading the fray
Italy and Argentina absolutely dominated Euro 2020 and Copa America, which throws a lot of weight in their direction, although soccer fans agree that there is no confidence that they will hold the torch in the coming years. Spain is the country with international success, bagging numerous trophies and have been dominating the field since 2008.
France, which hasn’t won anything after their 1998 World Cup performance, finally gave us a good show during Euro 2000 and that has shown them tremendous success in winning the audience’s confidence that they might be the winners of the next World Cup thanks to their stellar performance.
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Breaking down the teams that are looking worse for wear
However, all isn’t looking peachy for the European teams as Germany is in the midst of acclimatizing to their new coordination with Joachim Low and Toni Kroos’ departure. Argentina is also falling behind despite their historic successes, due to their ageing team members. Fan-favourite Messi is turning 35 and many are in their late 20s or early 30s which doesn’t seem to weigh in their favour, seeing as how many younger and stronger talents have emerged. But don’t count them out yet as they may still use their experience in order to out-manoeuvre the more limber players.
As for Brazil, they continue to under-deliver, although, with Argentina’s ageing team, they do seem to be South America’s brightest hope with Neymar, Alisson, and Ederson on their team.
Euro vs South America: Which continent has the bigger edge?
At the moment, it does seem that England might be the one with all the fire-power as their rising young stars. While they did not manage to put one over Italy during Euro 2020, England showed that they have the raw potential to rise to the top.
With Gareth Southgate at the helm with his young team comprising of Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, what they need now is the opportunity to gain more experience so when they arrive at Qatar World Cup 2022, they will be more than ready to face-off the older teams that have loads more experience than they do. Under Southgate’s tutelage, the team has already bagged home the fourth place at Russia 2018, the third in 2019’s UEFA Nations League, and during Euro 2020, they managed to gain the runners-up position, placing them in a favourable position to winning the World Cup thanks to their never-ending improvement.
When it comes down to it, South America has Brazil and their team of rising stars against England’s hot young players and their match is definitely going to be one of the most anticipated plays in Qatar World Cup 2020.