Next summer all football fans will have the chance to watch the best nations among the world in the same competition. I´m obviously talking about World Cup 2010 that takes place in South Africa. In 2006, Italy became the new World Champion....Who will be able to do it in 2010? Teams like Brazil, Germany, Italy or England are always pressed to go to the final. However, only a few of them will make it. If we pay attention to the qualification stage, we note that some top teams may not be present in South Africa next summer, as Argentina, France or Portugal. We should now focus our attention on to the 5 best teams in the world, according to FIFA ranking.
One of the most impressive football nations of ever. They are always considered as favourites due to their incredible history and world class players. Who doesn´t know them? Kaka, Ronaldinho, Pato, Lúcio, Luis Fabiano....All of them play in the best european clubs and gives to this selection quality enough to beat any team. In spite of being criticized at the beginnig of the qualification, Dunga has now the support of millions of people in Brazil who want to see "a seleção" be world champion again. They want to be the next Word Champions and they got reasons to be optimistic because Brazil seem to have found the necessary strenght and quality to grab next´s summer trophy.
The new European Champions have all the conditions to win the World Cup next year. After an outstanding performance in Euro 2008 and an even better one in the Qualifiers, the spanish players must be proud of themselves. Players like Fernando "El niño" Torres, Iniesta , Xavi, David Vila, Casillas give hope to a nation that want to see Spain World Champions for the first time. This team has shown good football in the last matches, so it won´t be a surprise if we see Spain in the final of the competition next summer.
Another wonderful team who have an offensive play that destroy many defenses. This nation have what it takes to go through the final in World Cup and their exibitions speak for themselves. The Netherlands play as a team, so their oposites can´t be focus just in a particular player. They´re organized at defence and efficient at attack. It´s fair to say that this team have a real possibility to win any competition and fight as equal with opponents like Brazil or Spain.
What about the still World Champions? Do they have the quality to win it again? It will be very difficult to Italy to do it, but they are 4th in FIFA´s ranking and that has to mean something. Pirlo and company aren´t playing consistently as we italians were used to....However, the World Cup is just in 2010, so Italy still have time to improve their performances. The current champions are always contenders no matter what.
Germany have won the World Cup for three times and are currently 1st in their qualification group. This is one of the best teams in the world and even though they can´t win any competition since 1996 when they were able to win Euro 1996. This powerfull team is used to play lots of finals and semi-finals in World and European Cups but they will have to be at their best ig they want to reach the final in South Africa. Germany will be a hard opponent for any team.
Besides these fantastic teams, we can´t forget that all the others will be looking for an opportunity to stand out in a competition that counts on the best nations in the world.