Abu Dhabi World team members peer into a crystal ball and try to predict the outright winner of the 2018 FIFA World Cup
We think we know football so we’re putting our reputation on the line for a shot at glory.
Here’s who we think will lift the coveted trophy this summer.
Colin Armstrong, online editor
Sadly Scotland hasn’t made a World Cup since I was 12 years old – that was in 1998 – so my first choice is out of the window. There are a few teams that could clinch it – Germany, France and Brazil come to mind – but for me it’s hard to see past Argentina. The nation could win Group D quite easily, ahead of Nigeria, Iceland and Croatia. Plus, with Messi, Agüero, Higuaín, Di María and Dybala in the ranks, to name just a few, they wont
be short of goals, either.
Sameh Abido, photographer
My family loves to follow Brazil so I’ll be supporting them this year. The team has so many talented players like Neymar, Casemiro, Marcelo and Thiago Silva. They should win the group stage with only Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia standing in their way of the next round. Plus they have a point to prove after an embarrassing exit to Germany in the last tournament in 2014.
CJ Holland, sales manager
I’m going for a dark horse this year because I have a feeling Belgium will do well at this tournament. They have a straight-forward group with England the only real challenge, but they should come out on top. They’ve got so many players with quality – Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens – who can all win a game, plus a solid defence and goalkeeper, too. They’ll be hard to beat and it would be exciting to see a first-time winner in Russia.
Rachael Perrett, editor
They might not be favourites but that didn’t stop them upsetting the odds and defeating France to win Euro 2016. With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo in the ranks they’re definitely in with a shot of progressing in the tournament but will face a big challenge in the group stage when they go up against their neighbours Spain. Could they go all the way again and win another international tournament? I hope so.