NEW YORK – The run-up to the World Cup is a time for optimism. For all you know which countries could be the ne that defies its own modest talent and surges deep into the knockout stages.
But there is always a chance to weirder things happened. So here is we picked out most overrated and underrated teams in the field
1. Overrated: Netherlands
Everyone think this time Netherlands is a contender just becuasethey made it to the final the last time around, but this team has known a lot of upheaval since then. After the Dutch lose all their games I n the group stages of Euro 2012, manager Bert Marwijk was replaced by the old despt Louis vaan Gaal.
2. Overrated: England
England as usual, this is hardly a team that will contend. The central defense and their goalkeeper are shaky. The midfield is questionable and the offensive line will be overly reliant on Wayne Rooney, who is coming off an exhausting year at Manchester United. And a group with Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica certainly doesn’t help them any.
3. Overrated: Brazil
Yes, Brazil are among the favorites, and we’re certainly not saying that they won’t have a successful tournament. We’re just saying their chances might not be as good as they widely believed to be, even if that have an easy group stage draw in Mexico, Cameroon and Croatia.
4. Overrated: Mexico
Mexico have been spectacularly successful at the youth level in recent years, winning trophies at the under-17 and under-20 World Cups and the Olympics, which is under-23. Yet the integration of those players into the senior team has been so fraught as to be comical, expect nothing from them at this World Cup.
5. Overrated: Ivory Coast
On paper, the African team have an impressive team. Their star forwards and midfielders looking very strong. But from there on out the drop-off is rather steep. They crashed out in the group stages of each of the past two World Cups and haven’t managed to lift an African Cup of Nations.
6. Underrated: France
France have a smashing success or failure in World Cups, going by the pattern they have set, they shuld be due for another deep run.
7. Underrated: Belgium
Belgium is during qualifying round undefeated over all 10 games and now this team ready to repeat their performance in main event.
8. Underrated: Colombia
Anyone toting the chances of Colombia at a World Cup. Maybe they not win the World Cup now, but their midfield are some of the best in the world. A group with Greece, the Cote D’Ivoire and Japan practically guarantees a spot in the knockout rounds.
9. Underrated: Ghana
While they’re a little thin defensively, the Black Stars have one of the deepest midfields in international football these days. In 2006, Ghana reached the round of 16 of the World Cup, in 2010 Black Stars reached the quarterfinals. They could conceivably get there this time around, provided they survive a tough group of Germany, Portugal and the United States.
10. Underrated: Japan
For the longest time, Japan was an unremarkable team. They have gone to last five World Cups but alternated between group stage and a round of 16 eliminations. Solid but unspectacular, that was always the Japanese, and their track record in the last year is hardly different. Except that most recent games, friendlies away against the Netherlands and Belgium, the Japanese suddenly pass their more fancied opponents off the park in a 2-2 draw and 3-2 win, respectively. With Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda running the show in midfield, the Samurai Blue could surprise a lot of people.