Brazil, France, Argentina… Who will win the star of the Qatari desert?

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    Neymar is the star of the Brazil team that will act in the second round. At the soccer world cup.

Four years after France's second star, soccer awaits the new World Cup champion- 2022, but the suitors, Brazil, Argentina or the current champion, fear sinking into the sand during the atypical World Cup in Qatar, which is announced as a surprise.

The first modern World Cup concentrated in such a small territory and scheduled at the end of the calendar year, interrupting the season for European clubs, the great event that takes place every four years (November 20 to December 18), will presented enriched by the uncertainty of the 32 classified teams.

Most among them will not have a job. neither the previous physical preparation nor the series of friendly matches to take filming before this 22nd; There will be another edition of the World Cup, with a duration reduced to 28 days.

Without this set-up, teams with already acquired game dynamics take advantage, such as Brazil of Neymar, the No.1 team in the FIFA ranking, or the Argentina of Lionel Messi, champion of South America in 2021 and undefeated for 35 games.

After twenty years of European dominance in soccer (Italy in 2006, Spain in 2010, Germany in 2014, France in 2018), has South America's time come? That's what the Spanish coach Luis Enrique believes, for example, who believes that “Argentina and Brazil are always going to be favourites.”

In search of a global consecration that crowns his immense career, Lionel Messi he cites as "big title contenders" France and Brazil, placing Argentina, Germany, England and Spain among the other suitors.

“France has impressive players, very clear ideas, and Brazil kind of the same,” declared the Frenchman. the Argentine captain told DirecTV Sports television in his country.

France rejects “the doubts”
However, the reigning champion does not arrive at his best moment: Kylian Mbappé and his teammates. and his teammates stumbled at the Euro Cup a year ago, eliminated in the round of 16 by Switzerland. But, pushed by the 2022 Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema, the French managed to win the League of Nations in 2021.

The wave of injuries that has affected the French team, added to the extra-sports affairs and the discreet results (a victory in the last six games), encourages prudence, especially since no current champion has managed to keep his title for two editions since Pelé's Brazil. in 1962.

Behind the Argentina-Brazil-France trio, a caravan of suitors looms among the desert sand, from England, runner-up in the European Championship, to the rejuvenated Germany and Spain, the Netherlands or Belgium. and its golden generation of players.

But the English team, a semifinalist in 2018, has gone through a thousand difficulties in defense in recent months, Belgium remains above veteran players and both Germany and Spain are teams based on collective strength but with performance at times. irregular.

"We will see big surprises"
From there Even if we imagine that a surprise team can lift the trophy next December 18 at the Lusail stadium (80,000 seats), there is a step that some teams would like to take, such as Croatia, runner-up in the world in 2018, Senegal, recent champion of Africa, the Portugal of the immovable Cristiano Ronaldo (37 years old) or the Uruguay of the stainless Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani (37 years old).

This uncertainty does not displease Qatar, the host country, which dreams of passing the group stage of “its” victory. World Cup, the first in history organized in an Arab country. But the road to the World Cup has been full of extra-sports controversies around the small emirate, and the preparation matches for the national team, coached by the Spaniard Félix Sánchez Bas, have been very disturbing. /p>

"We will have big surprises at the World Cup. Teams we don't expect are going to be in shape,” Nicolas Dyon, former physical trainer for the Qatar national team, predicted for AFP. "We are going to a country with a lot of uncertainty in terms of humidity, even if it is winter and it is not hot. What will the oxygen level be? How will the players adapt? It's the small teams that can be taken advantage of.”

In this unusual context, will we see a good show? Ball specialists say yes, because the stars who play in Europe will arrive fit and not dragging fatigue.

"The advantage of this World Cup is that the players will be “Less tired, physically and mentally,” summed up the company. Cléber Xavier, assistant to the Brazilian coach Tite.

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