All Likely Contenders to Reach The FIFA World Cup 2022 3rd Place Match
Few teams are favorites to win the 3rd Place match come Qatar 2022, but some big names will come to mind if you are to choose. Firstly, for any team to feature in the two final World Cup matches, they must get to the semifinals. Making it through a horde of excellently talented teams to the semis is no mean feat, and not many teams have ever managed that accomplishment in World Cup history.
Naturally, all the favorites to win the tournament will make any favorites’ list for the 3rd Place match. Also, a few outsiders are bound to feature. Here is a summary of all the top teams that will most likely reach the semifinals and the 3rd Place match in Qatar 2022:
The French are the defending champions of the World Cup, and they will do everything they can to put up a good title defense. They boast some fantastic talent in the form of KylianMbappe and Co. and are good enough to conquer the world again, at least on paper. Semifinals are hardly ever straightforward; hence, making it to the 3rd Place match should not be beyond the reach of this French side.
Although the Seleçao are itching to win their first World Cup trophy since their glorious victory in 2002, they would have to contend with some spirited and talented sides. They certainly boast enough attacking quality to make it to the final four, automatically guaranteeing a spot in the 3rd Place match should they fail to progress to the final.
Luis Enrique’s side had an inglorious exit at Russia 2018, and they will look to improve on that performance in Qatar. They have some of the most exciting young players in the world in AnsuFati, Pedro, Gavi, and others and are favorites to reach the semifinals, at least.
Louis van Gaal is back for another stint at the national level, and his charges will attempt another go at the World Cup trophy in Qatar. Netherlands’ best finish at the World Cup is a third-place berth, and they will strive to do better than their predecessors.
Lionel Messi and Co have their work cut out for them, but if any side can weave their way to the semifinals, it is the Albiceleste. They are in such fine form at the moment, and some have tipped them to go all the way to the finish line. A third-place final berth would be a disappointing but decent finish for the South Americans.
Gareth Southgate and his men will be desperate to touch some gold after near-finishes at Russia 2018 and Euro 2020. This English side has quality players in every position on the field, yet they have fallen short on the grand stages. If they can weave their way to the World Cup semis, they have a chance to go on to the final or settle for a 3rd Place match like in 2018.
All the talk of Belgium’s Golden Generation is gradually fading away, and this World Cup is the last chance, at least for the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, and Co, to do something more special at the World Cup. They managed a 3rd place finish in 2018, triumphing over England, to seal their highest-ever finish at the tournament. Will they go one better this time? We cannot say. Can they repeat the feat? Most likely, yes.
Having won the most bronze medals in World Cup history, Germany will look to improve drastically in Qatar 2022, after a disastrous outing in Russia 2018. The Die Mannschaft have appeared in thirteen World Cup semifinals, and they may be the most likely team on this list to make it to the final four, and possibly, the 3rd Place match in Qatar 2022.
Although they are outsiders, the Danish are going through some positive times in their football, and this year might be their time to come to the fore on the big stage finally. Christian Eriksen and Co. have big dreams, and if they can manage a spirited run to the semis, they will be content with a third-place match appearance.
Cristiano, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, and Co. have been impressive recently, and they have a shot at glory in Qatar. Ronaldo, in particular, will hope to prove a point at the tournament, possibly his final appearance. Going by their win at Euro 2016, nothing is beyond this Portugal team.