Cafu tips Brazil to lift 2022 World Cup, Al Habsi picks Argentina

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Cafu tips Brazil to lift 2022 World Cup, Al Habsi picks Argentina

Brazil legend, Cafu, has predicted that Brazil will win the FIFA World Cup for a sixth time at Qatar 2022.

The two-time winner is backing the South American giants to beat France in the final at Lusail Stadium on 18 December.

The former Seleção captain, who lifted the trophy in 1994 and 2002, gave his predictions to the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and he is expecting a host of former champions to lead the way in Qatar once the tournament gets underway on 20 November.

“Teams like Brazil, England, Argentina and France are the top seeds on merit. Germany, Belgium and Portugal are also very competitive. They all have the potential to reach the final and win the World Cup,” said Cafu, who is a Qatar Legacy Ambassador.

Cafu is also expecting host nation Qatar to make it all the way to the quarter-finals. He is predicting Al Annabi will finish second in Group A behind the Netherlands before claiming a round of 16 victory over England.

“Qatar have improved a lot in recent years,” said Cafu. “They have experienced players and good coaching staff. They showed how good they are by winning the Asian Cup in 2019. They will face experienced teams in Group A, but I hope they can go far in the tournament.”

Cafu expects an all-South American clash in the semi-finals between Brazil and Argentina, and is also backing France to beat Portugal in the last four.

“Argentina versus Brazil is not an easy match because they are two great powers of world football, who individually have the best players in the world. France versus Portugal will also be a very difficult match, but I expect France to make the final. They have important players like Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappé.”

Cafu is then expecting a repeat of the 1998 FIFA World Cup – but with a different result. Twenty-four years ago, it was France who tasted victory on home soil with a 3-0 success over Brazil in Paris.

“This would be the ultimate final, and should Brazil win it, this would make them a mega champion,” he said. “Brazil needs another title because it has been 20 years since the last one. Defeating a great rival like France to achieve it would be fantastic.”

Ali Al Habsi tips Argentina

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Ali Al Habsi

Oman football legend, Ali Al Habsi, has however tipped Argentina to win a third FIFA World Cup title in Qatar.

The former goalkeeper, who turned out for English clubs Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic, Brighton & Hove Albion and West Bromwich Albion, recently gave his World Cup predictions to the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (see gallery below for full details). The 40-year-old sees La Albiceleste defeating Germany in the final at Lusail Stadium on 18 December.

Al Habsi, who became the first Arab player to win the FA Cup in 2013, is expecting a strong showing from the usual contenders and believes three African teams will reach the knockout rounds.

“Senegal are a very good team. We saw that when they won the African Cup of Nations earlier this year. Ghana and Morocco also have very good players and I think we will see that during the group stage.”

Al Habsi, who made over 100 appearances for Oman, is predicting a blockbusting final four, with semi-finals between South American giants Argentina and Brazil in one half, with reigning champions France facing Germany in the other.

“I think we will see the big teams shine at this stage of the competition,” Al Habsi said. “Fans will be excited to see these big matches, involving the best players in the world battling it out to make the final.”

The Qatar Legacy Ambassador believes Argentina and Germany will face each other for the fourth time in a World Cup final – and is tipping Lionel Messi and co to lift the trophy.

“I like Germany, but I think Argentina will win,” Al Habsi said. “This will likely be Messi’s last World Cup, so for him to win the trophy would be fitting for one of the greatest players of all time.”

SOURCE: Qatar2022

 

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