The 2018 FIFA World Cup is almost upon us and it promises to be one of the most exciting in recent history. Teams who have, in the past, been top contenders didn’t make it to this World Cup. Italy and the Netherlands are the two biggest examples.
Which leaves the field a lot more open to other teams. Yes, we still have giants like Spain and Germany to look out for, but we can certainly expect some surprises, especially considering the quality in some of the underdogs.
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Which teams should you keep an eye out for? Here are 3 of the most exciting teams in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
An African team has never won the FIFA World Cup, or even come particularly close. Traditionally, African countries have had fewer resources to throw into sports, for a number of reasons. But every so often there is a team that excites people even outside the continent.
Egypt is perhaps the most exciting African team at this year’s World Cup. With Mohamed Salah breaking records at Liverpool – as well as coming across as a lovely person – we can expect to see his phenomenal skills and goal scoring abilities taking his team through the group stages at the least.
Other players to look out for include Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny, West Brom’s Ahmed Hegazi and Stoke’s Ramadan Sobhi. Goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary might become the oldest player to appear at a World Cup at the age of 45!
Could this be Belgium’s year to shine? They have not been known as one of the biggest teams in the world, but it’s high time that changed. With star players including Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens, and Mousa Dembélé, their attacking talent can tear teams apart. Their defence is excellent as well, with Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen keeping one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Thibaut Courtois, safe.
They’re definitely one to watch out for, as they look to finally break the impression that they’re nothing more than the perennial dark horse.
Finally, the team that knocked England ignominiously out of Euro 2016. Iceland is a tiny nation, with a population of just over 334 thousand. But with a tremendous team spirit and wonderful fan support, they have already overcome the odds in one competition. At the World Cup, they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. No one expects anything from them.
Is a formidable heart enough to guide them through the group stages? We’ll have to wait and see, as at the World Cup, anything can happen.