What to watch out for in this Russia 2018 World Cup - Full Gist News


Tuesday, 5 June 2018

What to watch out for in this Russia 2018 World Cup

The FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 14th. As 32 national teams gather and compete for world football’s greatest prize, there are no shortage of storylines to follow.

Are you ready for the biggest sporting event of the year? Once you’ve figured out how to watch every 2018 World Cup game for free, be sure to follow these storylines.

Can Messi carry Argentina?

Lionel Messi came nail-bitingly close to winning a first international trophy with Argentina four years ago, when the Albicelestes lost 1:0 to Germany in the final. Despite dragging the team to within one game of the championship, Argentina’s no. 10 was unable to hoist the trophy.

What to watch out for in this Russia 2018 World Cup

This year, Argentina again boasts one of the more talented squads in the competition. With Angel di Maria, Paolo Dybala, and Sergio Aguero among the names that will be supporting Messi. Can the diminutive wizard take Argentina all the way and end the “greatest of all time” debate?

Will Belgium gel as a team?

Of all the teams competing in this year’s World Cup, few teams can compete with Belgium in terms of talent. With Brazil and France being the possible exceptions, no team boasts as many superstars as the Red Devils. Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, and Romelu Lukaku are all household names, and they’ll be looking to win Belgium’s first world title.

The only challenge? They will have to harness their collective talents into a cohesive whole. Previous squads have boasted fine playmakers, but Belgium has never played the smooth, cohesive football that sides like Germany and Spain often do. Whether Belgium’s golden generation can gel at the right time will determine how far they go this year.

Who becomes the world’s (third) best player?

Everybody knows about Messi and Ronaldo. These two legends have been dominating world football for the past decade and look set to be on top for another few years.

That said, the World Cup is the perfect place for a young star to make his name. Germany’s Thomas Muller exploded onto the world scene in 2010 and at 28 is the tournament’s leading active scorer. James Rodriguez turned in an MVP-worthy campaign in 2014 and instantly joined the list of the world’s most wanted footballers.

Who will be the breakout star for this year’s tournament? Is Neymar ready to claim the title of the “world’s best”? Will Mohamed Salah cap an incredible debut season at Liverpool with a deep tournament run with Egypt? Or will it be someone else?

Which team will pull off the biggest upset?

The best thing about sports is the potential for an underdog to triumph. Who remembers Cameroon’s surprise upset of Argentina in 1990? How about South Korea 2-1 Italy in 20002? And of course, no one expected Germany’s 7-1 annihilation of Brazil in 2014.

While some teams do boast a disproportionate talent advantage over their rivals (looking at you, Belgium), you can never count out the “smaller” teams from pulling off a miracle performance and upstaging the favorites. Which team will be the biggest shocker this year?

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