By: H. Esteves
Before we delve into the why’s and how’s, it’s important to note that this is first and foremost a prediction—and hopefully a fun one at that. Over time, Brazil has won 5 world cups, and as of this day of the article being written, 5th of December 2022, it should be the case that Brazil is on track to win another one. Hopefully history holds true.
The first requirement for winning has already been accomplished. In every World Cup where no team won all the games of the group stage, Brazil won. In other words, when no other favorite walks into the elimination stage with 3 wins, Brazil has won the World Cup every single time, and hopefully this year will be the same.
Moreover, what really is the big theme is the Brazil’s trophy drought. Brazil won the World Cup in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and finally in 2002. The largest gap among those being 1970-1994, a gap of 24 years. That gap will be reached again in 2026, and if history does in fact truly repeat itself, then Brazil is very likely to either win the 2022, 2026 or 2030 world cups. This would prevent the drought from being far extended and would be complying with Brazil’s historic standards, and with Brazil’s highly promising young squad, that does not look like very far from reality. Brazil reached the final in 1994, 1998 and 2002. Brazil also reached the final in 1950, 1958 and 1962. Yet, Brazil hasn’t reached the final since 2002’s big win. And, as such, with that and the gap in mind, it is only expected that Brazil is the main team to win it all.
Oh, and the 4-1 victory against South Korea was the first 3 goal margin victory in the round of 16 since 1998. In short, if history says anything, anything at all, then we should expect Brazil to win (at least in the next ten years).