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5 Sneaky Teams That Will Shock at the World Cup

These countries are ready to beat the giants and go far in Qatar.

During each World Cup, everyone talks about the great teams and candidates to win the much-desired trophy. But what about the smaller teams?

Here we take a look at five teams that are sure to surprise us at the 2022 World Cup.

Senegal

Sadio Mané, Senegal's star player, will not play in the World Cup due to a serious injury, which will keep him out of action for at least six weeks. This event will obviously weaken the African team, although they still have important players to aim for a big tournament.

Senegal is in Group A, where it will face the Netherlands, Ecuador, and Qatar. To be honest, the Netherlands should lead the group, while Senegal and Ecuador will play for second place and advance to the round of 16.

Although it won't be easy, Senegal has what it takes to beat Ecuador and advance to the knockout phase.

Senegal has top players such as goalkeeper Édouard Mendy (Chelsea), Idrissa Gueye (Everton), Ismaila Sarr (Watford), Abdou Diallo (RB Leipzig) and Kalidou Koulibaly (Chelsea). The fact that they are the reigning African champions makes them a formidable opponent.

Morocco

Morocco is a country that does not generate a lot of noise in the run-up to the World Cup, but if we analyze their players name by name, we realize that they are solid in all areas of the field.

In goal is Yassine Bounou, who was named the best goalkeeper of the Spanish championship (2021/22). Their wing-backs are two renowned players, Achraf Hakimi (PSG) and Noussair Mazraoui (Bayern Munich).

Sofyan Amrabat of Fiorentina will provide a solid midfield, and in the final third, they have offensive weapons such as Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea), Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla) and Abde Ezzalzouli (Osasuna).

Coach Walid Regragui will go for a 4-3-3 system to advance to the Round of 16 and equal their best performance in 1986. Morocco will face Belgium, Croatia, and Canada in Group F.

United States

It is impossible not to be excited about this Team USA, whose roster features many players who compete in the best leagues in the world. After missing out on Russia 2018, the United States has been revitalized by a golden generation, led by Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic.

The United States shares Group B with England, Iran, and Wales. Most likely, the English will lead the standings, although we must keep in mind that they have never defeated Team USA in the World Cup.

Assuming that Wales and the US will beat Iran, we can say that between them they will advance to the Round of 16.

If Gregg Berhalter can get his players on the right track, we can expect a good championship run from the United States as a preamble to 2026, when they will host the World Cup at home.

Serbia

Serbia sent Portugal to the playoffs in the European qualifiers. The team remained undefeated in the campaign, with six wins, two draws, and 18 goals scored in just eight games.

Serbia's attack is pure dynamite, featuring Dusan Vlahovic (Juventus), Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham), and Luka Jovic (Fiorentina). In a 4-4-2 formation, coach Stojković will have two of them in the final third of the pitch.

Playmaking will be provided by Dusan Tadić (Ajax) and Sergej Milinković-Savić (Lazio), two players who have already proven themselves at the top level of European soccer.

Serbia belongs to Group G along with Brazil, Switzerland, and Cameroon. Counting on Brazil to be the leader, Serbia has what it takes to overcome Switzerland and Cameroon to advance to the next round.

Denmark

Denmark is one of the best-performing teams in the world today. It is no coincidence that they reached the semifinals in the last UEFA Euros, even after losing Christian Eriksen due to a heart attack, from which he fortunately recovered.

Kasper Hjulmand's side is coming off a two-game sweep of France in the UEFA Nations League, and it seems they have no intention of lowering their intensity as they aim to go far in Qatar.

With a midfield featuring Thomas Delaney (Sevilla), Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham), and Christian Eriksen (Manchester United), the Danish side is capable of dominating any team and making them pay for their mistakes on the pitch.

This Danish team is capable of beating France once again in Qatar and topping Group D, then advancing in the knockout phase for at least a place in the quarterfinals.