Soccer: Who to Look Out For In the World Cup 2018

Soccer: Who to Look Out For In the World Cup 2018


To help get you hyped up for the World Cup, I’m going to present you with the top under-rated players on the World Cup because who doesn't love an underdog?


For lack of better words, these “wild cards” might have more of a chance to shine than ever before by being on the World Cup stage this year. Not only are they excited to play in the World Cup (whether it’s their first or their last), you should be, too, to watch them!


Sardar Azmoun (Iran): Known as the 'Iranian Messi’, Azmoun, 23, he has also played in the leagues on Rubin Kazan and Rostov.


Cristian Pavon (Argentina): This Boca Juniors striker had his impressive breakthrough last year, when playing for Arsenal and will now test his skills on the world stage.


Hwang Hee-chan (South Korea): A fast and versatile forward, this 22-year-old was playing in Austria for Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League semi-finals last season. He is also a potential Premier League target for the up-and-coming seasons.


Leander Dendoncker (Belgium): This midfielder, who plays for Anderlecht was rumored to be joining West Ham. The upgrade to the world stage will also help his career.


Luis Tejada (Panama): Better-late-than-never slow bloomer, 36-year-old Panamanian player has 43 goals in just 105 appearances. Throughout his very colorful career, he has played for over a dozen clubs. After the World Cup, he intends to retire, so he really has nothing to lose when he gives it his all.


Karol Linetty (Poland): This Sampdoria 23-year-old midfielder has played in over 67 matches for the Italian club. Although he may be young, he is pitted to be on the starting line-up for Poland when the World Cup rolls around.


Trezeguet (Egypt): Mahmoud Hassan, known as 'Trezeguet' due to his look-alike effect to the former France striker. He is just 23 years old, a striker, and coming into the tournament with everything to prove.


There you have it, the top up-and-coming underdogs for this year’s tournament. With all the hype going around, I hope that this has given you a couple of players to root for—especially if you already don't have a team to cheer for. If you do, you can still keep a name out for these names to see once they take the field. Their presence might have you feeling passionate about the names no one ever knew—until now.


Written By: Adriana Rodrigues is a professional soccer player and a coach. She has over twenty years of experience in soccer after having played in a Division 1 University and has represented two national teams, both Brazil and Portugal.


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