The world’s biggest sporting event is a few months away. Football lovers worldwide are waiting in anticipation for the World Cup to kick off. This year’s showcase will take place between November 21 and December 18. Qatar will be hosting 32 national teams and legions of fans from across the globe.
As the tournament approaches, it’s usual for the press and fans to analyze the teams. They’ll scrutinize the players to judge the teams’ chances in the competition. One aspect that always comes to the fore is the team’s value. SafeBettingSites.com has been analyzing the teams. It concludes that the English team, with a valuation of $1.09B, is the most expensive one.
“Gareth Southgate will be brimming with confidence considering the amount of talent his squad has,” says SafeBettingSites.com’s Edith Reads. She adds, “The English squad is full of exciting footballers playing at the highest levels in England and Europe. Their level of skills and experience are the reasons behind the team’s hefty price tag.”
Some of the big names representing England at the tournament include Harry Kane. The current England captain plies his trade with Tottenham Hotspurs and has a valuation of $107.8 million. Phil Foden is the second most valuable player in the squad at $97M. Other notable figures are Jack Grealish, Trent Alexander Arnold, and Jude Bellingham, who share a valuation of nearly $86.3M.
European teams dominate the top 10 most valuable teams
European nations make up the bulk of the competing teams. The EUFA affiliate teams have 13 out of the 32 slots. EUFA member teams also make the majority (7/10) of the top 10 most expensive teams at Qatar 2022. Three CONMEBOL members take up the remaining three slots.
France (2nd) leads the rest of the Eurozone members in the top ten with a valuation of roughly $1B. Spain is the fourth most expensive team, and its playing unit is worth $846M. Portugal (5th) and Germany (6th) follow with valuations of $806M and $798M. Finally, the Netherlands (7th) and Belgium (10th) complete the EUFA septet.
Brazil (3rd) leads a trio of South American nations in the top 10. The Selecao are worth $912 million. Meanwhile, Argentina (8th) and Uruguay (9th) have a combined value of slightly more than $1B.
England will be looking to exorcise demons of previous world Cups
Notwithstanding their “most valuable team” tag, the English have their work cut out. A squad’s value doesn’t necessarily indicate their performance, and the World Cup is known to pull surprises. Underdogs like Cameroon have stunned Diego Maradonna-led Argentina in the 1990 WC.
Similarly, little known Senegal embarrassed the much-fancied Les Blues in the 2002 tournament. They beta the star-studded French on their way to qualifying for the quarter-finals. So England will have to put their best feet forward quite literally.
Bar 1966, England’s outings at the WC haven’t brought them and their adoring fans much joy. Its teams have always flattered to deceive. So with Southgate’s current crop of players, there’s a growing expectation that they’ll get it right this time.
However, not everyone is as optimistic. Three of England’s leading punters, Paddy Power, Betfair, and 888 Sport, have given the team 13/2 odds to lift the trophy. Time can only tell if the English will finally exorcise the demons of the past World Cups.