The World Cup 2022 countdown is on! Soccer fans across the globe are gearing up for the greatest soccer bonanza in the world. Top-rated footballers will be putting in their best performances to help their teams win this coveted honor. Additionally, sports betting fans will also be testing their betting skills as they put their money on their favorite team to win. Thanks to improved sports betting technology, the experience will be more immersive as the bettors can bet on various aspects of the games. Most European teams have already been decided and for our Asian readers, you can find out which teams have already qualified. So, which European team do you think will be successful in this year’s campaign? Let’s dig in!
Who Are The Defending Champions?
France will be going into this tournament as the defending champions after winning the 2018 World Cup in Russia. However, several countries have regrouped and are ready to knock the Les Blues off their perch.
Thirty countries will participate in the tournament, but only one will win it. The big question is – which European team has the best chances of winning it?
Holders France have what it takes to defend the World Cup glory. They have a squad full of match winners such as Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba, who understand how to win the tournament. Bookmakers have placed France as joint-favorites with Brazil to win this year’s World Cup.
England made it to the semi-finals in Russia in 2018. They later made progress to the Euro 2020 final, which they hosted, where they fell to the Italian sword. The Three Lions will hope that this is the tournament that brings their 56-year wait for silverware to an end. Moreover, their squad containing the likes of Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho, Raheel Sterling, and Declan Rice are well able to beat any team in the world. They are considered the second-best team from Europe likely to win it.
The 2010 World Cup winners are third on the list of likely winners. Luis Enrique has assembled a young squad that is capable of performing at the big stage, as demonstrated during the Euros. The players who will be carrying the country’s flag in Qatar include David de Gea, Aymeric Laporte, Sergio Busquets, Koke, among others.
The German Machine is always in the mix of things. Some of the players that coach Hansi Flick will be relying on to perform at their best include Leroy Sane, Mats Hummels, Lukas Nmecha, and Thomas Muller. Even though they are down the pecking order in this tournament, you cannot write them off.
Even though the Italians won the Euros, they still have to navigate through the UEFA qualification play-offs to book their place in Qatar. Coach Robert Mancini has overseen a remarkable rebuild of the Italian team, including their style of football. Stars such as Donnarumma, Insigne, Chiesa, among others, will have to replicate their performances at the Euros for their team first to qualify, then do better at the main event.
Belgium are ranked the number team in the World. They still boast a golden generation that includes the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Romelu Lukaku. Moreover, the Belgians will rely on their starts to rise to the occasion and win silverware.
There is a high chance that the next World Cup will come from Europe. However, they face a stiff challenge from the South Americans led by Brazil and Argentina. Which European team are you betting on to win this year’s edition of the World Cup?