The World Cup is the most prestigious sports tournament in the world. Every four years, the world gathers to watch the best players in the world and fight to see which country is the best at soccer, the world’s football. There have been eight teams to win the 21 World Cups that have taken place since 1930, but who will win in Qatar? flying in September 2021.
Flick was the Bayern Munich manager from 2019 through 2021. He had much success, losing only seven times in 86 matches and winning seven trophies during his tenure. He was named the 2020 UEFA Coach of the Year, awarded to the best coach from major European soccer leagues. Flick stepped down from Bayern Munich in April, and in May, it was announced that he signed a three-year contract to be the manager for the German National team.
It is unclear what Germany will look like under Flick, but most of the German team plays for Baye
We will look at the top five favorites for the 2022 World Cup and examine their history and the possibility of them lifting the trophy at the end of the tournament. Check out the World Cup futures for the latest World Cup future bets.
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Tied with Italy at four World Cup trophies, Germany is one of the most successful national teams in soccer. Along with their four World Cups, they have won three European Championships and one Confederations Cup and have finished runner up in four World Cups.
They currently have +950 odds in the online sportsbook and will look to avenge the embarrassment of not making it out of the group stage in the last World Cup. After winning in 2014, Germany was again heavy favorites to repeat as champions but went 1-2 in the group stage for their earliest exit since 1938 and the first time they did not make it out of the group stage since its re-introduction in 1950.
Was the German manager until very recently. He had held the position since 2006 and managed nearly 200 international matches, including winning the 2014 World Cup. But Low announced that following the Euro 2020 tournament, he would step down as Germany manager. Low will be replaced by his former assistant manager Hansi Flick as they head into World Cup quality Munich, so Flick has already won with these players before and knows what to do with them. Since the 2018 World Cup, Germany has not been the same superpower that we are accustomed to seeing. It will be exciting to see how Flick will manage the team. The Germans should do much better than last time and make a run for their fifth World Cup trophy.
The only team on this list to not yet win a World Cup, the Belgium Red Devils are coming off a third-place finish in the 2018 World Cup, and oddsmakers have them continuing their international momentum with +850 odds to win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Finishing third in the 2018 World Cup in Russia was Belgium’s best finish in their 13 appearances. Belgium is a great team, but it has not turned into tournament success over the years. They have never won a World Cup or European Championship. Their best result in the Euros was in 1980 as a runner-up. The Red Devils have had two golden ages in their history, the first was in the ‘80s to the early 90s, and they are currently in their second golden age of Belgian football.
Belgium is currently ranked number one in the FIFA rankings and the only national team to be ranked number one without having a major international trophy to their name. The group appears to be peaking at the right time, but let’s hope that by the time the World Cup rolls around in late 2022, their time to strike has not already passed. Their two top stars in Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne are on the wrong side of 30, and it does not look like the Belgians are bringing up any young talent capable of carrying the load.
The Belgium coach is Roberto Martinez, who took over the job from Marc Wilmots. Martinez was the former manager for Everton and has only lost four matches since taking the job in 2016.
Belgium has had a great run in the past decade, but this upcoming World Cup is most likely the last tournament for this golden era. They have great players, but the problem is their best are getting up there in years, and with the harsh conditions in Qatar, their age might show in the tournament. The added motivation of one last run might be enough for the Belgium team to make another run in the World Cup, but we predict the other favorites would have to underperform for the Red Devils to win their first World Cup title.
Belgium beat England 2-0 for third place in the 2018 World Cup. It had been a year full of optimism and pressure for the English, but it ultimately ended in disappointment. Harry Kane did win the Golden Boot with his six goals during the tournament, but the team was bounced out earlier than it had hoped. The Three Lions’ lone World Cup victory came in 1966, the same year they hosted the tournament.
England is under constant pressure from the media and their fans to perform, but in 2022, it looks like that pressure might not be as extraordinary compared to the last World Cup. They still rank at the top of the World Cup soccer odds at +800, but that mainly comes from being a big name with a lot of fans.
They sit fourth in the FIFA rankings and have talented players on their team like Trent Alexander-Arnold, Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho, and of course, Kane. England might have lower odds than where they should be ranked, but if the pressure is off, their stars could flourish and make a deep run in the tournament. The +800 odds might seem a bit low, but there is a legitimate chance that the World Cup might be coming home if things break their way.
The defending champs come in tied as the favorites in the odds to win the World Cup at +575. The team is still playing well and hasn’t slowed down. Led by Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, and Paul Pogba, the French team still sports one of the best lineups in the world. They also have several young talents that will join them for this World Cup run, giving oddsmakers another reason that this team is among the favorites to lift the trophy again.
France was one of four European teams to participate in the inaugural World Cup in 1930 in Uruguay when traveling across the Atlantic was a journey. Their 2018 title was their second in team history, with their first coming in 1998. France has a rich history of international soccer, but they have only come into prominence in the last twenty years.
Mbappe is the star of this French squad. At only 19 years old, he became the youngest French player to score in the World Cup, doing so in 2018. He is also the second teenager to score in a World Cup Final, behind only Pele’s efforts from 1958. He was named the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player in 2018 with his four goals, including the historic one in the finals.
After putting the world on notice in 2018, Mbappe joined Paris-Saint-Germain, scoring 91 goals in 107 appearances for PSG. But it seems his future with the club may be in doubt. However, it is important to note that Mbappe will be 23 in 2022, so he will have plenty of more World Cups to play in by the time he hangs them up.
The French manager
Didier Deschamps, a defensive midfielder for France on the 1998 World Cup team. Deschamps was named manager in 2012 and was heavily criticized for being too conservative with his roster choice in 2018. Most notably, he was roasted by the fans for not selecting Karim Benzema. Still, his tactics paid off, and Deschamps got the last laugh, becoming the third man to win the World Cup as a manager and a player.
France comes into the tournament as the favorite, and they are a safe bet to make in the sportsbook. They have the talent and experience to repeat as champs. It might not be a flashy pick, but it is still the right pick.
Always considered a favorite, Brazil shares the top spot with France at the top of the 2022 World Cup futures with +575 odds to win the World Cup. Brazil is the most successful national team with a record five World Cup trophies, but they have not won since 2002, despite always being in the mix and usually tagged as a tournament favorite.
It has been 20 years since Brazil lifted the World Cup trophy, and their fans eagerly await another one. The team is coming off a win of the 2019 Copa America, and this was without star player Neymar, which should add even more firepower when he joins the team in Qatar in 2022.
Neymar might get the media’s attention, but this team is not just one player. Brazil has talents like Philipe Coutinho, Alisson, and Richarlison. The country also has a new generation of players coming up with Vinicius Jr. and Gabriel Martinelli. The questions surrounding Brazil are more focused on their defense and how the team will perform with a generation of players moving on and a new group moving into the spotlight.
Although Brazil is the clear-cut favorite of the American teams, the squad has faced many disappointments in the World Cup since 2002, including the 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 semi-finals played at home in the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte. It was the worst defeat in the history of the team.
The pressure is on Neymar to produce in this World Cup. He will be 30 by the time the tournament starts and, with no World Cup success, this is possibly the last World Cup with Neymar in his prime, He is fast approaching Pele’s Brazilian record of 77 goals, and the moment for him to pass it could be in this 2022 World Cup.
Brazil is a talented team, and they have shown that they can win on the international level, but not the World Cup. It is hard to top the pressure of 2014 when they hosted the event, but with a 20-year drought, Brazilian fans have been spoiled and are expecting another World Cup trophy. They deserve to share the top spot in the World Cup favorites, and Brazil has a strong chance of securing an unprecedented sixth World Cup.
The World Cup is the most popular sporting event in the world. The globe stands still for a month to watch the best players in the world compete and win the most prestigious international trophy in sports. The World Cup field has its favorites, but anyone can win. Belgium was the only team on this list that has not won a World Cup, but others like Portugal, Netherlands, and Croatia will also be looking to win their first trophy. The odds to win the 2022 World Cup are already up, but they could be changing fast. Check out our Soccer news for World Cup lines, UEFA Champions, Copa America, and more!