The World cup is right around the corner and while countries like Brazil, Germany. France and Spain are the heavyweights tipped to win the FIFA world cup, there are some countries who can give them a run for their money. Let’s take a look at five such countries who have the ability to take the FIFA World cup by storm.


Throughout the years, Mexico as a team is always expected to pull off some upsets in the FIFA World cup but somehow in the recent editions, their performance hasn’t been up to the mark. However, the Gold cup winners made a mark in qualifying, losing just one game. The North American’s are no pushover’s and will look to make a mark this time around. Pitted against Germany, Sweden and Korea they should make it to the next round without any problems if things go as planned. While the defence has been a little off color, Mexico’s strength has been their attack led by their main man, Javier Hernandez. And with the likes of Carlos Vela and Hirving Lozano, the El Tri have a lot of paces to burn.



Croatia’s name under the dark horse tag isn’t something new. They have been called so for some time now and its high time they change that and prove they are much more than dark horses. They had a decent qualifying, finishing behind Iceland and their recent performances are the reason many eyes will be watching them come to the FIFA World cup. Placed in a group alongside Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria the Croat fans will hope their team puts up a show for them. Luka Modric will be the heartbeat of the team in midfield alongside the likes of Ivan Rakitic and Perisic, with the likes of Kovacic to step in when called upon. Their back line their backline is composed of experienced campaigners like Dejan Lovren will add the necessary solidarity at the back. With proven goal scoring options up front with the likes of Mario Mandzukic, Croatia will be a force to reckon with.



The La Celeste will look to reignite the flame of their early days back in 1930 and 1950 and they are in desperate need to do so since their performance in the previous editions wasn’t something to boast about. They lived up to their expectation in qualifying and finished second behind leaders Brazil. They are placed in a rather easy group alongside Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Russia and are expected to go through without any hurdles. Captained by Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin they seem to have a leader in almost every area of the pitch. Godin will be partnered by club teammate Gimenez and Maxi Pereira in defence. Their midfield will be martialed by the experienced Gaston Ramirez who will be the key to creating opportunities. Superstars Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will shoulder the goal scoring responsibilities. They look a decent side but their over-dependence on the Suarez-Cavani duo might cost them in Russia.



The European champions are most often overlooked in big competitions and have in the past proven that they can surprise the biggest of teams. With Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks, it won’t be a surprise if they pull off surprises in Russia. They had a good qualifying campaign, finishing second and loosing only a single game. Ronaldo will be their Talisman for sure but with the support of youngsters like Gelson Martins and Bernardo Silva who have proven their mettle on the big stage, he has ample support. The experience of players like Quaresma, Nani and pepe will play a huge role for them. Their defence too looks pretty solid with the likes of Pepe and Jose Fonte in the centre with Contrao and Soares plying as full backs. All in all, they look like a solid squad on paper and certainly a team to beat on their day.

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