As the World Cup picture begins to take shape, it becomes a lot easier to see which teams are the ones to watch in the biggest stage in international soccer competition. The audience world-wide dwarf the audiences for the Super Bowl, the Major League Baseball World Series and the NBA Finals combined; even with those audiences only 32 teams will make it to the World Cup and here are the ones that you need to tune in to watch.
Another reason the home team will be one of the better ones to watch is that their style of play is one of the most entertaining ones. European soccer is known as effective and strong, but Brazilian play is almost like a dance on the field. This will also be the biggest international event for Neymar and the entire country’s hopes are on his shoulders. Other players to watch include Luiz Gustavo, Hulk, Filipe Luis, Marcelo and Daniel Alves.
Some of the players that soccer fans around the world will recognize are Mario Yepes, Pablo Armero, Fredy Guarin, Abel Aguilar, James Rodriguez, Camilo Zuñiga, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Carlos Bacca and Luis Muriel and of course Radamel Falcao. There is no real weakness in the team and the home fans will not have to go that far to cheer for them.
Another reason Germany may take it all is that they are still loaded with young players that will keep them winning for a long time. Think of Gotze, Ozil, Marc-Andre, Hummels, Muller, and Schrrle. A team of youngsters is enough to get the Germans to the semi-finals, but when you add Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Beck and the rest of the squad they just become too dominant.
Messi will have with him players like Mascherano, Angel di Maria, Benega, Biglia, Augusto Fernandez, Sergio Agüero, Gonzalo Higuaín and Cristian Alveréz. The rest of the team has international playing experience so coach Alejandro Savella will have plenty to choose from.
Other Teams With A Chance
You can never count out the Italians in international competition and next year will be no different. They have one of the best keepers in history with Buffon who is now 35 but is still expected to be the keeper next year. Also joining him are very talented veterans like Maggio, Aquilani, Pirlo, De Rossi and bright young star Mario Balotelli.
If you feel surprised by Belgium being on the list, then you have not been paying much attention to soccer lately. Belgium has never won the World Cup and they will probably not be able to beat the top names on the list this time around, but their team is young and extremely talented; they are so talented that I would not be surprised if they reach the semi-finals and if they win it all in Russia in 2018. Some of the best names in the team are Van Buyten, Vincent Kompany, Vermaelen, Nainggolan, Lukaku and Mirallas.
The Netherlands is the country that has been closer to winning the title without ever doing so. As of 2013 they are number 5 in the world and they were the runner ups on 2010. They could pull a surprise win, though the odds are not in their favor. They still have players that could make a big difference like Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder.