Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Football fans are excited about the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Apart from the favourites for the mega event, there are some dark horses as well. Will they send some favourites tumbling? Let’s look at some of the teams that could provide a surprise twist in the mega event…


There is a blend of experience and youthful exuberance in the South American side. There are veterans with a vast amount of experience in the side like Diego Godin, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. These veterans can make all the difference. They have also steely midfielders like Fede Valverde, Rodrigo Bentancur and Matias Vecino. The goal threat of Darwin Nunez can be dangerous. The Group H team can be world beaters.


Despite injury worries, the African champions have enough firepower to navigate through the tricky Group A. Senegal is a strong side with  Edouard Mendy in goal, Kalidou Koulibaly in defence and Idrissa Gana Gueye in midfield. They rely on Ismaila Sarr, Boulaye Dia and Bamba Dieng in the attack. They are a strong and disciplined unit that can cause major upsets.


Serbia are in Group G with tournament favourites Brazil, Switzerland and Cameroon. They are well-equipped for attack and have depth at their disposal. In midfield, Dusan Tadic continues to be a potent force. He will be supported by Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Filip Kostic has the lethal delivery from the left flank that Mitrovic and Vlahovic can take advantage of. If the side will be able to tidy up their defence, they will be able to give a good run for money to any opponent.