TIMESMALAYSIA, SURABAYA – From the 6 football confederations around the world with 209 national teams (countries) of FIFA members, there are only 32 national teams which eligible to enter the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia. Who is the candidate for world cup champion 2018? Slamet Oerip Prihadi will write the 2018 world cup exchanges for all TIMES Lovers.
The 21st edition of World Cup 2018 feels different. It is because the absence of two great teams, Italy (4 World Cup winners) and Netherlands (3 World Cup finalists).
Italy was eliminated by Sweden in the playoffs (between runner-up group). Leg 1 Sweden versus Italy 1-0, leg 2 score 0-0, then, Sweden succeded. While the Netherlands has failed in the group qualification because it is only able to reach the rank 3 of Group A.
QUALIFICATION OF EUROPEAN ZONE
1.France 10 7 2 1 18-6 12 23
2.Sweden 10 6 1 3 26-9 17 19
3.Netherland 10 6 1 3 21-12 9 19
4.Bulgaria 10 4 1 5 14-19 -5 13
5.Luxemburg 10 1 3 6 8-26 -18 6
6.Belarus 10 1 2 7 6-21 -15 5
Aa the result of the failure of Italy and Netherland, there are two orbit teams (the first time qualify for the World Cup), namely Iceland (Europe) and Panama (Concacaf). And there was a "wider space" for the black horse teams to get through the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup.
The team of black horse is a team that was originally classified medium, but has significant developments and potentially make a surprise. If the guidance team of Iceland and Panama succes to penetrate the round of 16 big, this is a really remarkable achievement. Especially if Iceland, for example, can go ahead into the quarterfinals (Big 8).
Iceland's success through the 8th round of the European Cup in 2016 was already a great achievement. Then in the preliminary round of Group I of European Zone, Iceland successfully won the group. That's why, it is reasonable for Iceland in the 2018 World Cup that is asked as one of the black horse team.
GROUP I EUROPEAN ZONE
1.Island 10 7 1 2 16-7 9 22
2.Croatia 10 6 2 2 15-4 11 20
3.Ukraine 10 5 2 3 13-9 4 17
4.Turkey 10 4 3 3 14-13 1 15
5.Finland 10 2 3 5 9-13 -4 9
6.Kosovo 10 0 1 9 3-24 -21 1
Success through the 8th round of the World Cup 2018 is certainly a horrendous achievement for Iceland, Panama, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Japan. It's been great! Breaking through the Big 16 is already great! Imagine Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, and Iceland successfully penetrated the world's Top 16. Top 16 of the 209 national teams that are members of FIFA
So far, the greatest Asian team is South Korea whcih successfully penetrated the 2002 World Cup semifinals in South Korea and Japan.
We know that only the best countries of football can be world champion. Namely: Brazil, Italy, Germany, Uruguay, Argentina, England, France, and Spain.
Italy, Germany, England, Spain, and France have allocated enormous funds to foster the domestic football competition. They manage their domestic competition very well. They also have world-class soccer academies.
That's why, the world's stars from the Continent of America, Africa, Asia, and the Continent of Australia are certainly very tempted to be contracted to clubs in the five European countries. Because the peak of hope in achievement, prestige, glamor, and money are in those countries.
While Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay are known as the best factory of world class players. They are the world's first-class football exporter. Therefore, the World Cup arena will be their best store for their new stars (rising stars).
We need to know that Brazil has been preparing its national team with the largest cost in the world today, it is 673 million euros = Rp 10.8 trillion. Compare with the cost of the German defending champions team that 636.5 million Euro = Rp 10.24 trillion. The cost of the German team is the second largest in this 2018 World Cup.
Football is an important part in the lives of the people of Brazil. With football, Brazil is the center of the world's attention. It may be even Brazil fail to be champion in the next World cup, but if they succeed in displaying a dazzling game and orbit the cute rising star, the world still brandishes thumb up for Brazilian football.
There are several versions of the black horse team of 2018. If we summarize, then the teams that are considered worthy of the black horse category are:
6. Saudi Arabia
There are 10 teams, according to observers, potentially becoming a black horse team. Some observers put Belgium as the most horrible black horse team. Now here's the golden generation of Belgian football.
But, which of these 10 teams really made it into the quarter-finals (Big 8) and became the 2018 World Cup Champion? This is one of the most awaited phenomena. Apparently, the world football lovers hope changes in the 2018 World Cup exchanges. The emergence of new powers that can penetrate the Big 8. Wait for the next review from Slamet Oerip Prihadi. (*)