LIKELY UPSETS TO SHOCK THE FIFA WORLD CUP

When you talk about the FIFA World Cup, you are talking about arguably the biggest sporting event in the world. Some players dream of playing in it throughout their careers while for others representing their country in the World Cup can be considered as the highlight of their careers.

The World cup like all other sporting tournaments has always had its own upsets and surprise teams who shock the world with their performances and put their countries forever on the map of world football. Performances like that of Cameroon in 1990, South Korea in 2002 or Costa Rica in 2014. So when the World Cup comes around,  “Shocking Results” are always guaranteed.

Egypt vs Uruguay

This match has all the makings of a potential banana skin for the Uruguayans who are seen as favorites in the match. Both teams have similar playing styles built on solid defenses and depend on their quality strikers for the little piece of magic at the other end of the pitch, though Uruguay clearly has the superior players with a lot experience in this tournament particularly making the Semis in 2010 but they are also an aging team with an underperforming midfield. Finally, there is the Mohammed Salah factor. He is currently in the form his life and has been scoring goals for fun in the English Premier League, hence if he can stay injury free he is quite capable of leading his team to a stunning victory against Uruguay in their opening fixture.

Argentina vs Iceland

This looks like a David vs Goliath battle at first glance, but the Icelanders have proved countless times they can certainly punch above their weight. With a population just above 300,000 people, they will once again be the smallest nation in the tournament, but this has no effect on their talent and self-belief. This will be their first appearance at a FIFA World Cup, but like they proved in the European Championship in 2016 “attending a party for the first time doesn’t mean you can’t rock the party” by knocking out one of the tournament favorites England on their way to the quarterfinals. When you look at the hardworking nature and self-belief of this team you simply can’t rule them out from producing a shock against the star-studded Argentinian team who by the way had a lot of difficulties qualifying for the tournament and aren’t exactly going through the best phase at the moment.

Germany vs Mexico

Germany are the favorites to retain their World Cup title won in 2014 and they have a very talented and scary squad to back up this claim. But this is the World Cup and most of the times nothing goes the way it is predicted to go. You can look back at the shambolic performances of previous winners in the tournaments that followed like France in 2002, Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014 so all can simply not be taken for granted. Their opponents in the first match aren’t exactly the ideal team to face, they are team made up of a blend of experienced performers like Javier Hernadez and exciting young players like Hirving Lozano making waves across Europe, they can both be exciting and solid defensively at the same time and will certainly give the Germans a run for their money so this certainly a fixture worth keeping an eye on.

Tunisia vs England

There is simply something wrong when it comes to England and major tournaments who knows this might be the tournament they finally do it. Once again, they have produced an outstanding qualification campaign not losing any of their 10 matches, they have some very talented players who are at the top of their powers and their league is still regarded as one of the best if not the best in the world, but like in previous years most of the times it simply doesn’t happen for them and I don’t see this tournament been any different. And they will be having tough from their first match facing a Tunisian team built on a solid defense who simply don’t conceit goals. They are exactly the type of opponents England have had difficulties in the past, so don’t rule this out being another agonizing affair for them and their supporters.