The historic Italian soccer player, with a few days left for Qatar 2022, gave his list of candidates to keep the trophy.
Friday, November 4, 2022
The former Italian soccer player Alessandro Del Piero points to Spain, Argentina, Portugal, France or England as favorite teams to win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but he recalled that in all the editions there is some “covered” that can give the surprise and reach the final.
“As in all World Cups, you have the great teams: Argentina, Portugal, France, Spain, England, Germany, Brazil… They have great chances of reaching the final. But also, as in every World Cup, there is a dark side”, said in statements to EFE in Lisbon, where he participated in the Web Summit technology conference.
The Italian recalled that four years ago it was Croatia that reached the final against the odds -although they lost against France-, and assured that he is looking forward to knowing who will surprise this time.
“I am looking forward to seeing what happens “said Del Piero, who did not dare to bet on the “covered” one because, he assures, it is “unpredictable.”
But he does anticipate news from various parts of the globe: “I hope that the teams from the Middle East and Africa will play better than in recent years… It will increase the fact that football is global.”
The former player of the Juventus will see the tournament with a “broken heart” due to the absence, for the second consecutive time, of Italy, the team with which they were proclaimed world champions in 2006.
A UNIQUE WORLD CUP
This World Cup will also be “unique” in several ways, he stressed. “Not only because it is the first in the Middle East, but because it is the first to be played in November and December. The players are not used to doing it like that,” he said.
“You have to see how the teams they adapt”, he insisted, but he believes that “it will be a great show”.
In Qatar you will be able to see the best players in the world, a title that, according to Del Piero, “depends on each month”.
“Right now we still have at least five or six players at the top. Messi and Ronaldo are still at the top, for many reasons. Mbappé, Neymar, Halaand, De Bruyne. .. These guys can decide a game at any time. They are fantastic,” he considered.