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  • Updated: November 26, 2022

Five Underdogs To Watch At The Ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup

The FIFA World Cup 2022 is already underway and so far the tournament has been captivating with nations thrilling us with fantastic rivalry and matches on the pitch.  

Superstars like Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe are already showcasing their talent.
This is the first FIFA World Cup tournament to be held in the winter, as it is happening in Qatar in the Arabian Peninsula.

An underdog could break the norm and make history.

These nations will be the dark horses to look out for at the tournament.

5. Denmark

Denmark was the underdog at last summer’s European Championships.

They advanced to the semi-finals thanks to an amazing performance.

Sadly, England’s Harry Kane beat them with a penalty.

With good reason, Denmark is now 10th in the FIFA Rankings.

With a team of identical calibre travelling to the FIFA World Cup 2022, Denmark might be the underdogs once again surprising everyone.

4. Canada

The Canadian national football team amazed the football world by topping the CONCACAF standings and qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

Les Rouges rose from 59th in the international rankings in August 2021 to 38th in June 2022.

Canada is participating in the World Cup for the first time in 36 years and they earned their place thanks to an impressive CONCACAF qualifying campaign.

3. Uruguay

Uruguay has failed to go past the quarterfinals in the previous 52 World Cups.

So they are hoping that this year will be the year they finally win the FIFA World Cup. 

Although their first match in the tournament saw them draw against South Korea, this doesn't mean the world should underrate Uruguay's team. 

The emergence of young forward Darwin Nunez, who had been scoring goals for Benfica and obtained a lucrative transfer to Liverpool could boost Uruguay’s prospects of startling the world. 

Nunez will complement the skills of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.

They will have a solid midfield base with Rodrigo Bentancur and Fede Valverde, and Diego Godin will put his life on the line in his farewell competition.

2. South Korea

South Korea have played in more World Cups than any other Asian country, having made its debut in 1954.

Their record in Qatar is mixed, with draws against Costa Rica and Paraguay, victories over Egypt (4-1) and Chile (2-0) and defeats against Brazil and the United Arab Emirates.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min who has a reputation as the game’s most underappreciated striker is the team’s star and is primed to win it all.

Son should not be underrated by his opponents. 

He was crucial in South Korea’s shock victory over Germany in Russia in 2018, which eliminated Germany from the group stage.

If he can carry his outstanding Premier League play to the grandest stage of all, the Korean Republic could win the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

1. The United States of America

The USA have returned after failing to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 2018. Christian Pulisic and his teammates are in Group B for the FIFA World Cup 2022, along with England, Wales and Iran.

The United States team drew their second match against England. Surprisingly, England who is said to be the favourite of the tournament to win was held down by the USA team. 

Under the guidance of Chelsea striker and national team talisman Christian Pulisic.

The USA team will hope to go past the group stage and play well in the knockout phases. 

The United States national team appears to be another underdog and as the popularity of football in the country has grown, its chances of winning the FIFA World Cup 2022 have improved.

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