a world Cup Unlike anything else, Sunday’s opening match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador is the beginning of the final chapter in a saga of 12 years of corruption, human rights and geopolitics that led world football to its first-ever Winter World Championship. In fact, the one thing that may bear a lot of resemblance to previous tournaments is football where there is a familiar look to the runners and riders who will compete to lift the trophy.
As always, Brazil and Argentina rank among the front contenders with a coterie of European teams also in the mix. Could there be a dark horse from the ranks of South America, Asia or Africa? What big names will crumble under pressure? Can the USMNT at least escape the group stages? Our team of experts dived deep into the odds, permutations, and predictions to select the winners, whether of the trophy itself or the individual prizes. Scroll down to see it in full.
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