The fever before the most important football cup of the last four years is raising. In a few days, the best players of the best teams in the world will start to fight for the cup of the world championships. Only four Slavic teams are going to play during the FIFA World Cup in Russia. The Russian team, as an organizer, will open the games in a match with Saudi Arabia.
Apart from them, we will see the matches with Polish, Croatians, and Serbians. Sadly, it seems to be impossible that we will see any of them in the final match in Moscow. We might be wrong (and we hope we are wrong!) but here are a few reasons why I don’t believe in the triumph of the Slavic country this year:
1. Some of our players are very good, but not the entire teams
If you want to remind us that Poland achieved a very good result during the Euro 2016, we have to pinpoint that the deeper analysis reveals the truth. If Poland would have more difficult competition, they wouldn’t reach such a high place. However, that’s the history. What makes the team successful is having good players in many positions in the field, well-managed strategy, positive attitude of the team and a bit of luck.
2. None of our teams is as rich as many others
Slavic teams don’t have financial support like Germany, Spain or Brazil. The best and the most successful football teams are often the richest ones. Of course, right now the disproportion between the teams are not as huge as even 10 years ago, but still, some teams have a better financial situation. However, football is passion, money is not everything. Money helps, but it won’t win a match.
3. We have only a few magnificent scorers
To win the World Cup, you need a brilliant team that includes an amazing scorer. Only Poland and Croatia have players included in the lists of the best scorers of the seasons in European games. However, in case of Poland, it is only Robert Lewandowski. Although he is a very good player, he is one and only diamond of the Polish National Team. In Croatia, the list of good scorers is a bit longer, and it is impossible not to notice remarkable, moody, sometimes rude and extremely charismatic Mario Mandžukić. If you are a fan of Croatian National Team you will perhaps agree with me: Mario is as fabulous as irritating sometimes, but we all love him. However, players like Mario or Robert are rare in the Slavic teams.
4. Most of our goalkeepers are average
Except for remarkable Jan Oblak (Slovenia) and recently appreciated Wojciech Szczęsny (Poland), most of the goalkeepers from the Slavic countries are quite average. Due to the fact that Slovenia is not going to play in the World Cup, the only impressive goalkeeper stays at home. Let’s hope that Szczęsny will prove that he is worthy of being the first goalkeeper of Juventus Turin.
5. Slavs have been unable to create a team of winners for many years
Of course, Croatians really rock during the last years, but they were unable to repeat their greatest success in history so far. Perhaps the most fascinating appearance of the Slavic team during the last few World Cups was a remarkable fight of Croatian team during the World Cup in 1998. Everybody was impressed by incredible Davor Suker and the team that achieved unexpected triumph reaching the third place.
We don’t want to sound too pessimistic. And we promise to give you our apology if the miracle will happen.