FIFA World Cup Fever: The Countdown

The European football season has finished and that means only one thing for this summer, the FIFA World Cup in Russia. In what promises to be the most open tournament in history we look forward to watching the best players in the world face off with each other. Whilst we know who the favourites are for the tournament, Argentina, Brazil, Germany and France here are some of the outsiders that we also think have a chance of going all the way:


A team that will be missed by all pundits will be Croatia, however we have been following their progress and think they could potentially reach the latter stages.

Players include: Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic and Dejan Lovren

Star Players: Ivan Rakitic & Luka Modric

Both Rakitic and Modric are 2 of the best midfielders in the world, playing at FC Barcelona and Real Madrid respectfully.

Group: Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria


The Colombian team went as far as the semi-finals 4 years ago and will be hoping to go one step further. The team is full of solid players that can beat any team on their day. One of E-Soccer’s top choices. Falcao also know’s how to score important goals, keep an eye on Los Cafeteros in Russia. 888sport have the best betting odds for the Russia World Cup and have a full breakdown of all matches.

Star Player – James Rodriguez

Group: Senegal, Poland and Japan


At first glance, the South America country of Uruguay should progress through their group stage without issue, however it will be more competitive that it appears. thinks that should they progress then they have a great chance of going far. With players like Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani ,Matias Vecino and Rodrigo Bentacur the country will have high hopes. thinks that should they progress then they have a great chance of going far.

Star Players: Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are capable of scoring against any defense and should they both have a good tournament then we fully expect them to progress.

Group:Russia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia


The team of Portugal have not performed in recent tournaments but this year the feeling is different. Any team with Cristiano Ronaldo has a chance of winning any game. Other key players for the Portuguese are Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva, Ricardo Quaresma. 

Star Man: Cristiano Ronaldo

Group: Spain, Morocco, Iran

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