By Soravit Sophastienphong, Vidit Bhandarkar, Faris Albarghouthi, and Shirom Kapur
In preparation for the summer, we conducted a panel discussion regarding 8 favorites and 4 dark horses for this year’s World Cup. For each team, we reviewed a variety of topics such as managers, key players, qualifier results, playing styles, and predicted lineups. At the end of the discussion, we also provided each of our predictions for the tournament’s champion, golden boot, and golden ball.
In preparation for the production of this video, we created 12 team sheets containing key facts about each team that helped us conduct meaningful discussion. Here are the links to those sheets:
How to cite this article:
“Soccer Politics Tonight: Favorites and Dark Horses of the 2018 FIFA World Cup” Written by Soravit Sophastienphong, Vidit Bhandarkar, Faris Albarghouthi, Shirom Kapur (2018). World Cup 2018 Guide, Soccer Politics Blog, Duke University, http://sites.duke.edu/wcwp/tournament-guides/mens-world-cup-2018-guide/soccer-politics-…8-fifa-world-cup/ (accessed on (date)).