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World Cup favourites 2022 & insider tips - Who will be World Champion 2022?

Who will be World Champion 2022? All favourites & insider tips of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar Can France defend its title? All information ?

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Top favourites of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar & insider tips - Who will be world champion?

Qatar will host a World Cup for the first time from 20 November to 18 December 2022. However, the 2022 World Cup will not only go down in history for this reason.

The World Cup finals will be held - also a novelty - in winter instead of the usual summer months. The reason for this is the high temperature in the desert state on the Arabian Peninsula. In addition to the postponement of the World Cup, there are cooling technologies and air conditioning systems in the stadiums to cope with the high temperatures. In addition, the Euro 2021 took place only one year earlier due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here we deal with all World Cup favorites and insider tips at the finals in Qatar. Which World Championship teams are among the top favourites for the title? Who can surprise as an outsider? And most importantly: Who will be world champion in 2022 at the tournament in the Persian Gulf? All about defending champion France and its successor candidates.

?? France: Defending champion and World Cup favourite No. 1?

As defending champions, the French national team enters the World Cup race as one of the top favourites. After only finishing second at the EURO 2016 in their own country, the Equipe Tricolore won the well-deserved second world championship title two years later at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The French World Cup 2022 squad has numerous superstars to offer and has a market value of over one billion euros. The biggest star of the French national team is, of course, the lightning-fast attacker Kylian Mbappé, who is only 23 years old at the World Cup finals, but has already won numerous national and international titles.

Players like Antoine Griezmann, N? Golo Kanté or Raphael Varane are even more experienced and can pass on a lot of their experience to the young French team players, all of whom are under contract with top European clubs. The chances are good that France will make it to the World Cup final again this time.

At the 2021 European Championship, however, the reigning world champion disappointed and had to travel home after the knockout defeat against Switzerland.

?? Brazil with Neymar almost automatically World Cup 2022 favorite

When you talk about top favourites of a World Cup, you can't ignore the name Brazil. The Selecao is the only national team in the world that has qualified for every World Cup finals so far. With a total of five World Cup titles, Brazil is also the record winner.

At the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, however, it is already exactly 20 years ago that the Brazilian national team was last able to lift the World Cup trophy. The last time this was the case was in 2002 at the World Cup in Japan and South Korea, the other titles date back to 1958, 1962, 1970 and 1994.

The great hope of the Brazilian national team is, of course, once again Brazil's World Cup star 2022 Neymar, who is still missing a major title with the national team. So far, the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games has been his biggest success in the Brazil jersey.

With Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Casemiro, Fabinho or Marquinhos, among others, the Selecao has numerous other top stars to offer. With Alisson Becker in goal, the Brazilian national team also has a contender for the best goalkeeper of the 2022 World Cup in its ranks.

??????? Will World Cup favourite England finally win the title?

Since 1966, English football fans have been eagerly awaiting the next World Cup title. Under the motto "It's coming home", great euphoria was already spread at the 2018 World Cup (4th place) and at the 2021 European Championship under team boss Gareth Southgate, but the Three Lions had to admit defeat in the final against Italy on penalties.

While the English were mostly to be found in the extended circle of favorites in previous finals, this time they are among the absolute top favorites for victory. World Cup 2018 Top scorer and captain Harry Kane should also provide the necessary goals for the English national team in Qatar. He has the chance to be the first player to win the Golden Boot a second time and also become top scorer at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

All players from the England World Cup 2022 squad are under contract with top European clubs and still have the best footballing age ahead of them. These include Raheem Sterling, Buyako Saka, Declan Rice, Mason Mount and Jadon Sancho. Will England make it to the 2022 World Cup semi-finals again and perhaps even bring home the much-awaited title in the end?

?? World Cup favourite Germany to make amends

Although the German national team disappointed at the 2018 World Cup and, as defending champions at the time, had to travel home after the preliminary round, the DFB team is again one of the favorites at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The knockout round at EURO 2020 does not change this. The team of DFB national coach Hansi Flick is and remains a tournament team and certainly has the quality to go very far in the finals.

Today's top performers are Kai Havertz, Leroy Sané, Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich. Jamal Musiala, who is also a candidate for the 2022 World Cup best young player, could also be one of the new pillars of the DFB. For captain and regular goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, the 2022 World Cup could be the last major tournament with the German national team.

At the next finals, the Euro 2024 in Germany, Neuer would already be 38 years old. However, it cannot be ruled out that the 2014 World Cup winner will take the tournament in his own country with him as the last highlight of his football career. What is certain, however, is that the Germans will not be forgiven for missing the World Cup round of sixteen again.

?? Will Argentina also win the World Cup title after the Copa America?

After 1978 and 1986, will the Argentine national team manage to win the World Cup title for the third time in history at the 2022 World Cup? If it goes after the World Cup 2022 bets, Argentina is again to be counted among the favorites. After all, "La Albiceleste" secured a title at the 2021 Copa America for the first time since 1993.

For superstar Lionel Messi, who is already 35 years old at the finals, the finals in Qatar will probably be the last chance to add a World Cup title to his extremely successful career.

Of course, the vice-world champion of 2014 is betting everything on his top star - but with Paulo Dybala, Lautaro Martinez, Angel di Maria or Rodrigo de Paul, the offensive in the Argentine national team is particularly impressive.

?? World Cup 2022 favorite Spain back to old strength?

The bookmakers and many football fans also see the Spanish national team as a favorite of the 2022 World Cup. At the last World Cup finals, the Furia Roja was eliminated against hosts Russia in the second round on penalties, at the EURO was in the semi-finals against the later European champion Italy end. Nevertheless, you have to reckon with the Furia Roja due to the high quality in the Spain World Cup 2022 squad.

In addition to experienced players such as Sergio Busquets or Koke, the Spanish national team includes numerous up-and-coming supe stars. These include the top players Pedri, Rodri or Ferran Torres, all of whom can hope for numerous minutes in the Spain jersey.

The heyday of the years 2008 to 2012 seems to be over for Spain, so it remains to be seen to what extent the Furia Roja can live up to the role of favorite.

?? Belgium remains the all-time secret favourite for the World Cup

For some time now, Belgium has been among the extended favourites for football finals and at the 2018 World Cup, Hazard & Co. were able to celebrate the greatest success in football history with third place. Will it even be enough for the top in 2022? At EURO 2020, Belgium famously failed in the European Championship quarter-finals to Italy.

The mainstays Kevin de Bruyne (could also become the best player of the 2022 World Cup), Eden Hazard and brother Thorgan or star striker Romelu Lukaku were all there in 2021 and will certainly do everything to create the sensation at the 2022 World Cup. A mix of many experienced and young players in the Belgium World Cup squad could make all the difference in this finals if everyone delivers their usual top performances.

?? The Netherlands as a surprise team?

If you talk about insider tips and possible surprise teams at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, you also have to mention the Netherlands. Like Italy, "Oranje" did not manage to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but then the Dutch national team showed strong performances - but with the exception of EURO 2020, where they were eliminated in the second round after a 2-0 defeat against the Czech Republic.

However, the squad around superstars such as captain Virgil van Dijk, Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij, Donyell Malen, Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum speaks volumes.

The 2010 World Cup runner-up is eagerly awaiting his first World Championship title and with the help of strong performances coupled with a bit of luck, the time could finally come for Holland at the extraordinary Winter World Championships in Qatar. The 2022 World Cup quarter-finals should definitely be possible for the Oranjes.

?? Portugal travels to Qatar as secret favourite

Will superstar Cristiano Ronaldo still win the missing World Cup title in the Portuguese national team at the possibly imminent end of his career? For the European champions of 2016, the EURO 2021 was over in the round of sixteen against Belgium, but the team of team boss Fernando Santos is one of the secret favorites for victory at the finals in Qatar.

The question of "Why?" can easily be answered with a look at the Portuguese squad. Because in addition to Euro 2021 top scorer CR7, there are numerous other top players in the squad of Portugal. These include Bruno Fernandes, Joao Felix, Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota and Ruben Neves.

The Portuguese national team is therefore also to be expected at the World Cup in Qatar. The first World Cup title for Portugal in football history would be a sensation, but with a bit of luck it seems anything but utopian.

How the favorites and insider tips perform at the final round is summarized in the World Cup 2022 results, where you will also find all the tables of the groups.

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