Top 5 National Teams
Top 5 National Teams
With World Cup qualification all but over and only some home and home playoff games to resolve the final 32 teams headed to Brazil next summer, let's take a look at the top five National teams in the world.
These five teams have been extremely consistent throughout qualification and could be considered legitimate contenders to win the World Cup trophy. These teams possess the cohesion, continuity and class that separate them from the pack currently.
Teams like Colombia, Italy Uruguay, Netherlands and Portugal just missed out of my top five national teams but would certainly make up my top ten National sides. We don't even know if Portugal and Uruguay will make it to Brazil as they must both play playoff matches to win a trip to the Finals. It would be a travesty if Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani weren't part of the World Cup, considering they are three of the best players in the world oozing in class and quality.
We can never count out France or England to contend for the title but inconsistencies leave them both out of consideration for top National teams.
The five teams I selected will surely put on a show at the World Cup. It will be noteworthy to see if any of them will be put into the same group. There is always a group of death at the World Cup, which always makes it more exciting because you know one of the top teams in the world won't make it out of the group stages.
Belgium is without a doubt in a golden era of football in terms of talent; only Brazil and Portugal's players have been sold for more money during transfer windows. As one of the youngest National sides in the world, they still possess completeness, a sense of a finished product about them. Lead by captain Vincent Kompany, with young talent all around him such as Eden Hazard, Marouane Felliani, Christian Benteke, Kevin De Bruyne, Kevin Mirallas, Mousa Dembele and Romelu Lukaku, they may be the dark horse of the World Cup. Belgium will strike fear in many opponents during next summer's World Cup and their class and quality will prove they are to be feared.
Even without the inclusion of Carlos Tevez, Argentina has without a doubt the best group of attacking players in the world, with Lionel Messi captaining the squad. Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Angel Di Maria, Erik Lamela and Rodrigo Palacio are all fighting for places in the final third of the pitch. Creativity and goal scoring is the strength of the team the question will be can the defense hold up against the best teams in the world.
Germany may be the most technically gifted squad in the world top to bottom. Manager Joachim Loew can literally put anyone on the pitch from his 25-man squad and they wouldn't miss a beat. They have leadership and experience at the back led by Philipp Lahm and steal in the midfield led by Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira. But where Germany excels is in the attacking third of the pitch with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Marco Reus, Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller and others. The German's always play well on the biggest of stages.
Brazil possesses the most athletic team of all the National sides by far. Almost every player at manager Luiz Felipe Scolari's disposal has pace, quickness and quality. Brazil will ride the shoulders of their new young generation lead by the likes of Neymar, Oscar, Paulinho, David Luiz and Lucas. Brazil also boasts the best duo of attacking fullbacks in the world With Dani Alves and Marcelo putting continuing pressure on opposing defenses, but still rely on the leadership and top quality of Captain Thiago Silva and goalkeeper Julio Cesar. Brazil
Spain continues to look like the best team in the world. They have an attacking midfield made up of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, David Silva, Santi Cazorla and Juan Mata that most managers could only dream of coaching. With the acquisition of Brazilian Diego Costa playing for Spain, they may have answered their striking problems. Manager Vicente Del Bosque has a side that has won the last three major tournaments and shows no signs of slowing down going into next summer's World Cup in Brazil.