This World Cup has turned out a whole bunch of underachievers (Spain, Portugal) and a new batch of crowd favorites (Mexico, Colombia) and we can’t help but already think about how they’ll fare in the next World Cup! So here is a look back/look in the future of our favorite teams in Brazil!
(NOTE: We didn't take into account the emergence of a new James Rodriguez-type hero in the next four years; instead we take a guess based on who’d still be around from the current lineups in 2018!)
Like imagine if this kid grows up and leads Argentina
to victory in 2022. Hey, it could happen!
GOING UP: TEAM SPIRIT
Germany remains pretty much the same
The true culmination of their 2002 youth football development program isn’t now, but in 2018. Klose will be 40 and Philipp Lahm 34, so expect perhaps just the latter to show up, but almost everyone else will be available: Götze will be 26, Thomas Müller, 28, Mats Hummels and Marco Reus, 29, and Neuer just 32. Russia 2018 could see this team just hitting their peak–prime Germany sounds scary.
Also, Rihanna approves.
Spain needs a new gameplan, but they have the men to do it
Who knows what tactics will look like in four years, but definitely tiki-taka is dead right now. Spain needs to switch it up, but they have a talented batch of young players like Isco, Thiago Alcantara, and Koke ready to make La Furia Roja a fearsome force again. Training pa, boys!
Colombia becomes next level
They did great without their original star player (Falcao) thanks to King James. Expect Colombian players to become in-demand in the big leagues–like the bidding war that could happen over raggedy haired winger Juan Guillermo Cuadrado–and that only means a better-experienced and more dangerous team in 2018.