FIFA World Cup is now about to kick off in a few days and the fans are surely in for some high octane entertainment. Though there will be the favorites of the game competing to defend the title in this edition of the FIFA World Cup, there will be some underdogs as well who will be donning the role of party spoilers for the competing nations.
In such a tournament, one can’t guarantee the victory of any nation considering the intense competition each team will be facing at every stage. Great team defeating an equally great team might not make it to the history books, but the victory of a weak team against a giant team surely manages to put the football fraternity to a stir.
Let’s look at the 4 teams who can be the underdogs in the FIFA World Cup 2018
They have been one of the most consistent playing nations in the history of FIFA World Cup. Mexico has managed to qualify for every edition of the World Cup since 1994 and has plunged their way into the round of 16 on each occasion.
Though they might not have been the greatest team to watch out for in the game, still they can turn out to be a big party spoiler for their opponent. Back in 2014, they had managed to almost kick off the Dutch team in the round of 16, it was a pity they lost such a close competition by 2-1 in the final moments.
This time again, players like Javier Hernandez, Guillermo Ochoa, and Giovani dos Sontos would be playing the vital roles for their teams. They will be competing against the defending champions Germany, South Korea and Sweden in the group stages. How Mexico steers their way to the top 16 will be a ride the fans will be waiting to witness.
Back in 2014, Uruguay didn’t have a healthy run at the World Cup, instead, they were surrounded by controversies following Suarez’s infamous bite. Suarez’s removal from the squad cost them their match against Columbia in the round of 16.
They surely have the firepower to rise to the top level and could be a lethal force to deal with. Suarez backed by Edinson Cavani would pose a major threat to the opponent nations. Also, with teams like Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egpyt competing against them in the group stages, Uruguay has a strong chance of making it to the round of 16 once again.
They look like a promising nation to watch out for in this edition. Colombia had managed to gain the praise from the people with their style of football they resorted to in 2014 edition of the Cup. They got the better of the La-Celeste in the round of 16 but failed to make it big against the 5 time World Cup champs.
The spotlight would be on James Rodriguez who had a terrific season with the Bayern Munich in 2017/18. And with players like Luis Muriel, Juan Cuadrado, Radamel Falcao and Davinson Sanchez it certainly won’t be a walk in the park for the opponents to cruise into such a solid core.
Colombia has Senegal, Japan, and Poland in their group which further strengthens their chances of making it to top 16.
Probably the biggest underdogs in the history of the event have to be Portugal. Their team might have improved over time with few of their players competing with some top class clubs. Gelson Martins, Cedric Soares, and Bernardo Silva would be expected to give their best performances in the 2018 edition. Presence of Ronaldo and Luis Figo could be an icing on the cake for them.
With Ronaldo playing his final edition of World Cup, he would leave no stone unturned getting a hand at the trophy. They will be competing with Morocco, Iran, and Spain and with the present set of players, it looks likely for them to make into the round of 16.