The World Cup doesn’t take place very often, but when it does every football fan from around the world get excited. The tournament takes place every four years and the best national teams compete against each other to get their hands on the prestigious trophy. Heading into the tournament this summer, the World Cup betting sites suggested that current world champions Germany would be the favourites to lift the trophy for the second consecutive tournament. It is still likely that Germany can still win the tournament, but they’ll have to perform a lot better than they did in their first group game against Mexico. The world champions put in a very lacklustre display against the North American side and fell to a 1-0 defeat due to a first-half goal by young-winger Hirving Lozano. Despite losing their first group game, there is still a very good chance that Germany can still progress through their group, but will have to record victories against Sweden and South Korea if they are to have any chance of making it to the knockout stage. The favourites as things stand are Spain who have progressed as group winners. Spain world cup odds to win are 9/2 as they have looked one of the top attacking sides in the tournament.
Virtually every player that is competing in this summer’s tournament will be recognisable to football fans. Some of the players that represent the smaller countries might not be familiar to the casual fans, but the more ‘invested’ fans will be familiar with them. The majority of fans will be keeping their eyes on the ‘bigger’ nations and players as they will be familiar with the players and are likely to put in some impressive performances and make it to the later stages of the tournament. However there are some very good players in every squad, including some that could shock everyone with some impressive performances. There is no doubt that players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will be putting in sensational performances for their national teams but players from smaller nations, such as Manuel Akanji, Andrés Guardado, and Hakim Ziyech, also have the potential to put in some impressive displays for their respective national teams.
Like every World Cup, there will be a number of players which perform above expectations this summer. Because of this, we’ve created this infographic which looks at some of the players which could put in some sensational performance at the tournament this summer. Young and upcoming players like Hirving Lozano are listed as well as veterans such as Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. Have a look!