Every four years, the world comes to a standstill. People stop paying attention to their jobs. Students stop focusing on studies. The world unites for one common goal (Pun intended) – The FIFA World Cup. It’s the sort of sporting event that awakens passion amongst one and all. So with the 2018 edition of the tournament just four days away, let us try to analyse why Brazil are the favourites this time. This is the case according to pundits as well as fan surveys.
1) Jesus Is On Their Side!
Well, Brazil have Jesus on their side – quite literally. Gabriel Jesus has been one of the best performers for Man City in this Premier League season. And he is expected to improve in the future! His finishing is up there with the very best and this has led to huge expectations from him in his home country. Let’s face it – nothing unites Brazilians quite like Football. They are amongst the most passionate and live every moment of it. If Jesus is able to perform to the best of his abilities, Brazil might even be able to walk on water!
2) Strong Engine Room
With Casemiro and Paulinho making up their central midfield, Brazil have a really strong midfield. These two may be deadly rivals in La Liga, but they are amongst the best central midfielders in European football. Casemiro is a multiple Champions League winner with Real Madrid whilst Paulinho has had a surprisingly good goal-laden season after his move to Barcelona. If these two can manage to put club rivalries aside and strike a chord, Brazil could be really the team to beat in Russia.
3) Keepers Union
The goalkeeping department for Brazil is one with great options for coach Tite. Allison has been one of the most sought after players in Europe whilst young Ederson has been fantastic for Man City in the Premier League. With Brazil’s defence not being the best (When has it been ever?!), it seems that the keeper might be rather busy. Hence, the importance of having great options is even more. It’s going to be a tight call as to whom to pick, although Allison might just have the edge.
To sum up, Brazil is looking like the best team this year, while others like Germany have recently lost to Austria. Even today, with a comfortable 3-0 win over Australia, Brazil showed their credentials. Even if they do not go all the way, they might just prove to be the most entertaining team in this year’s mega event!