When the national anthems fly into a rage pacing up the adrenaline in the eleven football players, you certainly can expect the clash to be an unforgettable one. Yes my dear football freaks, the soccer world cup is just a month from now and the impatience to witness the implausible clash of the titans is set to break all the records.
With almost every major football league ending their season and all cups clinched by the champion football clubs, I personally can’t wait for the crowning of the new football champions. Every four years since 1930 the world cup has brought a new excitement and drama for the football fans. Sometimes the contenders fall out to the underdogs and sometimes the fans cry out their emotions on a memorable win.
Having more associate members than UNO, FIFA has a defined manner to call in the most talented football teams from all corners of the world. Like always, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be having participations from 32 nations, but here are top seven candidates who we think are the potential challengers for the title race.
The popular orange army from Deutschland won the hearts of million football fans with their impressive 2-1 win over Brazil and a challenging fight till the dying minutes in the finals with Spain Currently ranked 15th , Netherlands was the number one team in the year 2011 and are still among the favorites for their mastery in total football.
Under the brilliant management of Louis Van Gaal and names like Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Dirk Kuyt and Rafael van der Vaart the team looks to strike apart all challenges in their way to the championship. Although, the Deutschland has never won the title but are three times runners up and that certainly makes them a probable choice for this year’s world cup.
Hey! Don’t raise your eyebrow when you read Belgium not England. Escorted by the brilliant captaincy for Vincent Kompany, the skipper for the Manchester City squad that recently won their second premier league championship in three years, the Belgium squad has some of the most talented and promising names that will redefine the football terms.
Termed as the New Golden Generation, the team has some mesmerizing young talents like Eden Hazard, Fellaini, Witsel, Dembélé, De Bruyne, Mirallas, Benteke, Lukaku, Vermaelen, Alderweireld, Vertonghen who have stunned the world with their brilliant football skills in various major football leagues. Presently rankled 12th on FIFA rankings, Belgium will surely try and bring back the glory days under the management of Marc Wilmots.
Remember the finals of 2006 World Cup when Zidane was sent off the field for headbutting Italy’s Marco Materazzi. Even the dazzling midfielder knew that it was the end to his professional career and as well his dream to win the title for the second time. However, the French squad looks in their full colors for this year’s world cup. From defensive areas to attack, the French team has star players lined up at all ends.
From captain cum goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to defenders like Patrice Evra, Sagna, Laurent Koscielny, to midfielders like Yohan Cabaye, Ribery, Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and forwards like Loïc Rémy, Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud the team looks like invincible. Ranked 16th before the world cup, there is certainly very little coach Didier Deschamps has to worry about.
In all probability, the German football squad is the most endowed team to look out for in this year’s world cup title chase. Winning three titles in 1954, 74 and 90, the Deutschland’s are also the three times European champions making them the favorites this time after their defeat in the semi to the current world champions.
Ranked second on the FIFA standings, the German squad is backed by the management of Joachim Löw and a brilliant captaincy from Philipp Lahm. Regularly described as The Team” by the media, the squad has some of the most talented names like Mesut Özil, Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Lars Bender, Mario Götze and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The defending champions and their back to back European titles makes the Spaniards the number one team on the FIFA table and the choice of millions from their home continent. The Spanish squad or say the Red fury has dictated the football world with new tactics and game plans that comprises a major involvement from the world-class domestic league that has teams with some of the most renowned footballers from all corners of the globe.
Runners up from the previous session of Confederation Cup, the Spanish Fury will be eyeing to wrap up the tournament with their hands on the golden trophy under the brilliant management of Vicente del Bosque. Although, the whole Spanish squad is studded with star players like Sergio Ramos, Diego Costa, Pedro Rodríguez, Juan Mata, David Silva, Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernández and Gerard Piqué will surely be the ones to look out for.
If Maradona’s goal or say the hand of god was good enough for the South Americas to win the title in 1986, the stakes are even higher this time around with Maradona’s successor and three times FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi leading the national squad for a title win in their neighbor’s backyard . The two times world cup winner and 12 titles from South American Championship, The White and Sky Blue football team is currently ranked 6th but will to top the tables under the management for their new manager Alejandro Sabella.
The squad has some of the most talented footballers representing various successful clubs in different leagues that makes the squad a dream team. Names like Martín Demichelis, Pablo Zabaleta, Javier Mascherano, Ángel di María, Sergio Agüero, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Gonzalo Higuaín are only some favorites to bring back the title from Brazil.
Taking over the world championship for maximum five times, the Brazilian squad currently ranks 4th on the FIFA standings. The way The Green and Yellow Football Army renders the soccer field is something unbelievable. Directed under Luiz Felipe Scolari, the Brazilian squad recently won the Confederation Cup on their home turf and will surely be the favorites for this year’s world cup chase.
Although the team will be missing names like Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Cafu, Kaka and Ronaldino this time, the lineup still looks scintillating with talents like Dani Alves, David Luiz, Marcelo, Oscar, Luiz Gustavo, Bernard, Neymar, Hulk and their impressive captain Thiago Silva. Lastly, don’t just count upon the number of titles the national squad has, their incredible home support and the love for games will be a huge factor that all other contenders need to be fearful of.
Predicted Four for The Semi-Finals — Germany, Spain, Argentina and Brazil.