It’s just a few more months before FIFA World Cup fever blankets the entire planet. As the event nears, let us take a look at some of the key players in some of the main contenders this June.
This year’s hosts have a good complement of young players and experienced veterans. Leading the charge for them, and generating the most attention, is wonderkid Neymar. The 22-year old made his presence felt at the 2013 Confederations Cup, leading his team to the championship.
The core of the Spanish squad that has been dominating the World Cup and Euro has already aged, but that does not mean they do not have upcoming talent to take their place. One of the younger players expected to make the cut is Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, who proved his worth back at Chelsea before being relegated to the bench by José Mourinho.
Runner-up in 2010, the Oranje wants to it all this time around. The cast from four years ago is back and the crew is as determined as ever with striker Robin van Persie expected to deliver up front.
Luis Suárez has been playing with a chip on his shoulder, trying to prove that he belongs among the big boys in world football. Leading Uruguay to a fourth place finish in South Africa, he will be determined to repeat the feat of 1950 where the Uruguayans upset Brazil.
With the World Cup played in South America for the first time since 1978, it will not be a surprise if the teams from that continent play with more spring in their step. Lionel Messi and Argentina would not want to come out the disappointing side in this coming home party.
Despite a deep and formidable lineup, Die Mannschaft has not been able to reach the championship match, instead settling for third place finishes in the last two stagings. Mesut Özil and company have this in mind most likely, and maybe the change in time zones may do them good.
Portugal might have the best player in the world right now, but Cristiano Ronaldo cannot do it all. He needs the contribution of everybody for them to reach far in Brazil.
The country is not looked highly upon, but they are considered the dark horse in this year’s tournament. Eden Hazard has made his presence felt in Chelsea, and he will be the one in charge of this squad.
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