We are 53 days away from the opening of the next World Cup in Qatar.
After four and a half years of waiting, the winter World Cup and a disrupted calendar oblige, the French team is putting its title back on the line. With only one victory in the last six games, the Deschamps band leaves its supporters in a cold sweat.
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And if we find the same favorites every four years, or almost, with the exception of Italy, absent from this Qatari edition, the states of form are very different.
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They are on fire: Brazil, Argentina, the Netherlands
The two main favorites of this World Cup in Qatar are perhaps the two historic South Americans.
Brazil appear in very good shape.
Only one defeat in his last 29 games: in the Copa America final against Argentina on July 11, 2021. “
We have confidence, we played the two preparation matches well.
This is proof that we are on the right path
,” confided Thiago Silva after the victory against Tunisia.
Brazil has been in full swing for the past few months and has rolled over its opponents as was the case on Tuesday evening against Tunisia (5-1).
26 goals scored against only three conceded in the last seven games.
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Argentina are also in great shape.
Leo Messi's teammates are now 35 games unbeaten.
The last setback dates back to July 3, 2019 and a match lost against… Brazil.
The selection of Lionel Scaloni also showed that it could get rid of the best European nations by winning the finalissima 3-0 against Italy on June 1st.
For his part, Leo Messi seems sharper than ever.
He remains on nine goals and two assists in the last four games with the national team.
For the last World Cup Messi, Di Maria, Otamendi and others, there is no doubt that Argentina will be keen to shine in Qatar.
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The Netherlands appear to be the best armed team in the Old Continent.
The selection of Louis van Gaal is undefeated since the Euro and has qualified brilliantly for the Final Four of the Nations League, which it could host.
I think we are going to be a difficult opponent to face,
" said the Dutch coach.
We've shown that if we get overwhelmed, we can still be tough to beat.
They are on the right track: Senegal, Spain, Belgium, Croatia
Senegal appears as the best African country of this world in Qatar.
Winner of the CAN, at the expense of Egypt at the start of the year, the recent African champion has conceded only four defeats in his last 27 games.
In Pool A, along with Qatar, Ecuador and the Netherlands, Sadio Mané's teammates will have something to play for.
Failing to impress, the Spain of Luis Enrique now seems well established and looks like an outsider for this world.
Qualified for the Final Four of the League of Nations, at the expense of Portugal, it proved that it was still capable of beating the best nations in the world.
It will always be difficult to fight and win against Spain because against us you almost have to do things perfectly,
" promises the former Barça coach.
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Semi-finalists of the edition in Russia, Belgium appear weaker at the dawn of the 2022 edition. However, despite an Eden Hazard who plays little at Real but keeps the armband in selection and young people who are struggling to take the belongs to this golden generation, the selection led by Roberto Martinez could do well. Placed in group F with the Canadians, Moroccans and Croats, the Red Devils should qualify for the final stages.
Precisely, the Croats probably know an identical situation.
Despite an aging group, the vice-world champions qualified for the last four of the League of Nations.
The teammates of Luka Modric, 37, remain on four successes in a row and have had only one defeat since the Euro.
If qualification for the round of 16 in Qatar seems within arm's reach, the course could quickly come to a halt.
They stuck: Germany, Portugal
The great Germany, which had flown over the qualifying phases a year ago with seven straight wins and 31 goals scored, is experiencing a serious setback.
Only two wins in 2022. Only one success in the last seven games.
Nothing to worry about Hansi Flick.
The team has just received an alarm signal,
conceded the German coach after the defeat against Hungary
It is better to be frustrated to lose today than in the World Cup
Eliminated in the group stages four years ago, Germany will want to chase away their old demons in Qatar.
A defeat in the "final" against Spain which is a stain.
A second defeat in the last three games for Portugal, who had already qualified narrowly for Qatar.
Second in their qualifying group behind Serbia, Portugal beat Turkey in turn, then North Macedonia in the play-offs to qualify.
We have to improve to be ready for the World
Cup, " concedes Fernando Santos, who nevertheless asserts that Portugal is a "
" for the title.
They skate full: Cameroon, England
Our goal is to leave the competition on December 18
", the day of the date of the final, proclaimed Samuel Eto'o, president of the Cameroonian federation.
However, three defeats in the last four games against weak opponents: South Korea, Uzbekistan and Equatorial Guinea.
Arrived on March 1st at the head of the team, Rigobert Song struggles to make these Indomitable Lions roar.
Semi-finalist of the last world, England knows difficult months.
No victory in her six Nations League games, she was relegated to League B. “
We will be under pressure at the World Cup, we can try to push it away, but it will come
says Gareth Southgate.
England who will be able to take advantage of an “affordable” group.
The finalists of the last Euro will challenge Iran, Wales and the United States.