One Year To Go: The 2022 World Cup Contenders

The World Cup is just over a year away and having been treated to a summer of international soccer, we’re already counting down the days. It’s going to be one of the most open tournaments in years, and anyone could win it.

In fact, it feels almost like a roulette wheel on in that you could spin it and wherever it landed would be a realistic contender for the win. It’s casino France, or should we rather say Didier Deschamps’ men who are leading the way at 6/1 with the bookmakers though, despite being dumped out of the Euros by Switzerland in the Round of 16.

We round up the key contenders and assess their chances for next year in Qatar…


Despite that shock exit a few months ago, France are still the team to beat. They have some quite phenomenal talent in their ranks, right through the spine of their team and another year playing at the top level for Kylian Mbappe is only going to make him even more lethal.

They’re the reigning champions, and they could become only the third country in history to defend their crown.


Brazil are always a side hotly tipped ahead of a World Cup, and they did well to reach the Copa America final this year too. They’ve some real young talent in their squad as well as a number of experienced winners and that blend could help take Brazil to their first World Cup win since 2002.


Gareth Southgate’s England side have been there or thereabouts for a number of years now, and another last four place seems the natural progression of his young lions. With the likes of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Mason Mount and many more improving with age, they will be a seriously dangerous looking outfit. But do they have the mentality to go all the way? That will be the question.


Italy had the better of England this summer and they were fantastic throughout the tournament. The bookies aren’t seriously considering them for this World Cup, but write the Italians off at your peril. They have some exciting players and it could be a final hurrah for some of their ageing pros too.

The Best of the Rest

The Belgians are always a sharp looking team and if Romelu Lukaku continues his meteoric rise they’ll certainly have the best striker in the tournament. Argentina will be looking to build on their Copa America success and provide Lionel Messi one last chance to get his hands on a trophy that has escaped him, while Spain’s young side may also join the party and cause a few problems, just as they did at Euro 2020.