World Cup ranking top 10 Teams 2022
World Cup ranking top 10 Teams 2022
Unbeaten in qualifying, with 11 wins in 13 games, Brazil have a great mix of youth and experience. With Fabinho and Casemiro anchoring the team, their fearsome forwards can thrive. Neymar is still the star but Vinicius Jr, Anthony and Rafinha are all enjoying great seasons. With two of the best goalkeepers in the world – Alisson and Ederson – protected by the defensive duo of Marquinhos and Thiago Silva, the only area lacking star quality is the full-back position, something of a rarity for Brazil. With 50 wins and just five defeats under Tite, Brazil are rightly favourites.
France were knocked out of Euro 2020 at the last-16 stage by Switzerland but have remained loyal to Didier Deschamps following their triumph at the 2018 World Cup – perhaps Germany made the same mistake with Löw. The team often fails to add up to the sum of its enviable parts, but the depth of talent can’t be turned off. Karim Benzema’s return to the fold – much like Thomas Muller with Germany – is probably too late but his partnership with Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe should be even more formidable next year. They need the increasingly injury-prone N’Golo Kante to balance Paul Pogba’s panache. They have all the tools to retain the title.
From beaten World Cup semi-finalists to beaten European Championship finalists, England will now be fighting almost men’s reputations, but their progress is clear. The development of the partnership between Declan Rice and Calvin Phillips was crucial over the summer, turning a problem area into a position of strength. Rice and Phillips protect the defense well (and they need it), but Gareth Southgate’s top priority is maximizing his attacking talent. He was accused of being too safe in the summer and England must at least loosen the shackles if they are to fulfill their undoubted potential.
There is a growing sense that Belgium’s golden generation has lost its luster. A long senior career seems to have caught up with Eden Hazard earlier than most – and certainly Real Madrid – expected, while mounting injury problems suggest the brilliant Kevin De Bruyne has also peaked. Romelu Lukaku remains formidable in front of goal but his studies have been uninspiring and the lack of emerging talent at the opposite end of the pitch is a real concern. Jason Denayer is their only centre-back under the age of 32 with any meaningful international experience. Belgium’s chance may have come and gone.
Having been eliminated by England at the last-16 stage of Euro 2020 in July, Germany are already a very different proposition. Joachim Löw seems to have as many years on his side as possible, and the return of his former assistant Hansi Flick brings a glimmer of hope. His record so far is exemplary; He has won all seven of his games thus far with a +29 goal differential. While the opponents have been modest at best, this is a team that was thrashed 6-0 by Spain before losing to North Macedonia in March last year. Flick’s joy of watching front-foot football and attacking is certainly the best form of defense for his squad, which lacks little strength in depth at the back.
Spain have played some of the most attractive football this year but their lack of a cutting edge cost them when it mattered most. They controlled their Euro 2020 semi-final against Italy and the Nations League final against France but could not convert possession. They lack the experience of their previous Spain team. Unai Simeone, Erik Garcia, Dani Olmo, Pau and Ferran Torres have dropped the average age of the team dramatically, but teenage sensations Pedri, Gavi and Ansu Fati offer the most hope for the future. They are very exciting but 2022 may come too soon.
As for the last chance, Lionel Messi will be aiming to win the Copa America with the first ever World Cup in his swan song. The entire Argentina squad seems motivated above all else to ensure that the man many claim to be the greatest of all time. He has a solid, formidable support cast, with the rapid emergence of Emi Martinez giving Argentina something they haven’t really possessed for years – an elite goalkeeper. The team’s defensive resolve is much improved, which is just as well because Messi is past his peerless prime and cannot be relied upon to single-handedly win games.
Putting the European champions in eighth place might seem deceptive – and among the last, they beat them in the semi-finals and finals of Euro 2020 – but they don’t have a squad capable of dominating international football. Worthy of the winners of the summer, the Azzurri played fascinating football at times, but in the round of 16, they had a bit more luck. Roberto Mancini has managed to make his side look like a well-prepared club thanks to an outstanding manager, but lacks the talent or rising youth of many of his rivals. Again, it may seem silly to block a defensive partnership that defied doubters this summer, but Giorgio Chiellini turns 38 next year and cracks in the squad have started to appear since the triumph at Wembley. After winning the World Cup in 1982, Italy failed to qualify for the next European Championships in 1984 and the opposite is now a real possibility as the Azzurri may not qualify for the Consecutive World Cup.
Denmark moved on to the World Cup, qualifying after seven straight wins in which they conceded no goals. Their team may seem supportive, but it hasn’t been considered a walk in the park in years. Kasper Hullmand’s side has improved rapidly of late and Denmark is now aiming to take a step forward toward reaching the semi-finals at Euro 2020. Christian Eriksen’s unfortunate defeat bolstered a side that needed an injection of unpredictability and artists. people like Mikael Damsgaard and Andreas Skov Olsen have come forward. The squad’s age profile is much more encouraging now and things have picked up speed at both ends of the pitch.
The Netherlands have some exciting young talent, but the quality gap between their star players and supporting players may be holding them back. The lateral spine is rigid. With Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij, Daley Blind, and Denzel Dumfries available in defense, they should be extremely solid but, for one reason or another, still risk breaking down from time to time. This year they have conceded at least two goals in games against Turkey, Scotland, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and Montenegro. At the other end of the field, they rely on Memphis Depay for inspiration. Van Dijk, Frenkie de Jong and Georginio Wijnaldum are all key players for Louis van Gaal’s side but the Barcelona striker is their true talisman. When it’s not there, they tend to obsess over it.