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- Russia - Russian team’s advantage is a clear gameplan and a switch to a back three.
- Uruguay - Uruguay claims to be strong for its Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani.
- Egypt - Egypt’s Héctor Cúper builds his team on a stable defense.
- Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia’s Salem al-Dawsari, Fahad al-Muwallad, and Yahya al-Shehri are the best players in the team who expect to test any defense in this year’s World Cup.
- Portugal - Well-known Portugal player Cristiano Ronaldo is always in the middle of things, although players like Bernando Silva and Gelson Martins are team’s advantages as well.
- Spain - Spain is stated to be one of the most powerful teams at the World Cup led by David Silva, Sergio Busquets, and many other talented members.
- Iran - Since four years ago Iran started to look way stronger, known for Sardar Azmoun, Karim Ansarifard and others.
- Morocco - Morocco is a team of great promise led by Renard and Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech, one of the most talented playmakers in Europe.
- France - France is one of the favorites to win this year’s crown with the help of frightening players such as Anthony Martial and Alexandre Lacazette.
- Peru - A blend of determination, creativity, and discipline was added to Peru team with the help of Ricardo Gareca.
- Australia - Denmark - Denmark team have one of the best players in Europe — Christian Eriksen who will surely make an effort for his country to win the World Cup 2018. A new manager Bert van Marwijk (since November) hasn’t had enough time to analyze the team, although he claims to aim to tighten the defense with the help of his players such as Leckie and Robbie Kruse.
- Argentina - Argentina, popular for five-time world player of the year Lionel Messi, seems to be riding a rollercoaster since 2014 when the team hardly made it to the World Cup. They haven’t impressed football fans very much since they only won once in four official matches.
- Croatia - Croatia, one of the oldest teams in the tournament, is predicted to have a lot of possession with Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic, Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic.
- Iceland - The smallest country at the World Cup (330.000 citizens) Iceland showed an unforgettable experience and determination at the Euro 2016 when the team knocked out England. Fans are now expecting even more success from Iceland team. The well-known star Gylfi Sigurdsson must do his best since he is critical to his team.
- Nigeria - Nigeria’s coach Gernot Rohr has brought some discipline, crucial stability and fighting spirit into his team since 2016, which made the squad absolutely talented.
- Brazil - The coach, Adenor Bacchi (also universally known as Tite), has made Brazil team into one of the favorites to win this year’s tournament. Furthermore, since the humiliating defeat (7-1) against Germany in 2014 World Cup, the team’s attack has been almost unbreakable, led by the star player Neymar, who is still on the peak of his game. They also were the first ones to clinch qualification for Russia.
- Switzerland - Switzerland team which only lost once reached Russia via the playoffs with the help of their coach Vladimir Petkovic. He says, ‘The team have grown together and keep working hard for each other’. Although it is often difficult for goals to come by, the team’s members have collective behavior which gives Switzerland’s fans hope for their win. Moreover, a big part of Switzerland team consists of the players from the 2009 Under-17 world champion, all of which have deep tournament experience. However, some critics aren’t satisfied with the way the team was qualified (straight wins in one weak group and a penalty call while playing against Northern Ireland).
- Costa Rica - Óscar Marímez, Costa Rica’s coach, has always been focused on defense (led by Giancarlo González and Óscar Duarte) and fast counterattacks since his team reached the final eight in Brazil in 2014. The team’s star Keylor Navas is stated to be the best-known player in the squad. This year it will be the fifth time Costa Rica team appears at the World Cup.
- Serbia - Mladen Krstajic, present Serbia team’s coach, took over from Slavojub Muslin in October last year and since then has changed many things. For example, he takes to a 4-2-3-1 formation. The team scored the most goals (20 in the group!) with the help of Aleksandar Mitrovic, the leading scorer. What is more, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the most popular players in the whole world and, along with Dusan Tadic, has all chances to reach the final. However, as center-back Matijia Nastasic is injured, the team is much weaker than it could have been with him.
- Germany - Germany team have already received a trophy in Russia (in the build-up to the World Cup), due to their win in the Confederations in July. The team’s qualifying results shock: 10 wins out of 10 and a new European record (43 goals). They are one of the favorites to win this year’s World Cup with the help of their coach Joachim Löw and the most sought-after players such as Toni Kroos, Mesut Özil, and Sami Kherdira. However, without players like Per Mertesacker and Philipp Lahm there is now a lack of leadership in the collective.
- Mexico - The things aren’t as good for Mexico team whose nation experts expect them to come up just short the way they did the last six World Cups. But Mexicans will reach success provided they are not knocked out until the quarter-finals this year. It was only done two times (in 1970 and 1986). The team has all chances to do that, especially after their impressive qualifying in Brazil in 2014.
- Sweden - It will be Sweden’s first time at the World Cup finals this year since 2006. Now Manchester United’s fans ask themselves if the striker of the team comes out of his retirement for one last World Cup. Another question is whether his ex-co-members will be glad to accept him back into their team as now they seem to be more well-structured and have good relationships.
- South Korea - South Korea has been competing in the tournament ever since the year 1986. Top-level football players such as Lee Chung Yong and Son Heung Min bring their team very valuable experience playing 4-2-3-1 and led by coach Shin Tae Yong. South Korea team showed the unforgettable skill of one of members Son Heung Min (one of the most top-scoring Asian player in Premier League history) who proved he can play in different positions. However, some critics do not think South Korea will go through this year.
- Belgium - Belgium team are ranked among the five in the world. Their coach Roberto Martínez has brought passion to his team although De Bruyne criticises Martínez for choosing wrong tactics, especially after 2017 November (3-3). Nevertheless, Belgium still has three high-quality players (Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, and Dries Mertens) who will make sure to break through any attacks or defense.
- England - Some say England team’s present coach Gareth Southgate has made his team much better than Roy Hongson (especially in 2016). However, his ‘three-man defense’ tactics are still not tested in tournaments or any other competitive games. Not even talking about the tough enemies. Furthermore, since England lost to Iceland in the round of 16 at Euro 2016, the team’s fan’s expectations have decreased very much. Despite this fact, England team still have Harry Kane, this year’s world top striker scoring freely for his club in the Champions League and Premier League (12 goals in 23 games).
- Tunisia - Tunisia’s team are finally entering for the fifth time the World Cup after 12 years to show the strength and skills of their new members such as Wahbi Khazri, Aymen Abdennour, and others. They are stated to be aiming for the win this year. 27-year-old Youssef Msakni owns his fan’s hopes and expectations after playing the key role in qualifying and scoring a hat-trick in an away win to Guinea. However, Msakni’s injury has left a vast gap for their coach Nabil Maâloul to fill.
- Panama - Panama’s team are known for their strong spirit and stability. Even in the friendly match against Denmark in March showed they would never give up. Even in spite of Román Torres’ injury (because of which he will not travel to Russia this year), the team has their striker Luis Tejada who scored 43 goals for Panama.
- Poland - Poland ranked in the top 10 in the entire world are known for winning 8 out of 10 qualifies and scoring an average of 2.8 goals per game. The team has two strongest players: Robert Lewandowski (striker) and Arkadiusz Milik who has recently recovered from two quite serious knee injuries. Despite this fact, Poland had one of the worst defenses of all European group winners, according to the experts. Thus, the team’s coach Adam Nawalka is considering a replacement for his favored 4-2-3-1. Probably, he will go with a back three position.
- Colombia - Colombia’s team is one of the best sought-after ones due to their breakthrough into the quarter-finals in Brazil in 2014. What is more, in a perfect shape arrive in Russia two club’s stars — Radamel Falcao and James Rodrígez. However, the other Colombia team’s player David Ospina might not be as good because of not very regular plays at Arsenal and mistakes that he made for the national team not so long ago. Much credit for bringing the team back into the World Cup this year gets the coach Jose Pekerman.
- Senegal - All true football fans remember Senegal’s unforgettable debut in 2002. They beat France team who were known as ‘defending champions’ back then. Now Senegal is back with Sadio Mane as the team’s key player and Aliou Cissé as their coach who used to be the captain of the 2002 team and was criticized for his tactics. Nevertheless, the team still have Kalidou Koulibaly (defense), Badou Ndiaye (midfield), Sadio Mané (up front), and Idrissa Gana Gueye (midfield).
- Japan - Enemies of Japan team should be aware that Keisuke Honda, Shinji Okazaki, and Shinji Kagawa’s impressive trio is back and they are all ready to lift the team on and off the pitch. However, the team’s coach Akira Nishino has failed while trying a 3-4-2-1 formation because of the struggles of his team trying to adapt to new positions.