Ranking All 32 World Cup Teams

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The 2022 World Cup will feature some of football's biggest stars, including Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Defending champions France will look to hold onto their title when 32 nations take the pitch in Qatar.

In addition to Les Bleus, many other traditional powerhouses are expected to be in the mix like Argentina, Brazil and Germany.

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Meanwhile, hosts Qatar will be appearing in their first World Cup.

Canada and Wales each ended lengthy World Cup droughts and will be competing in their second tournament.

ONE37pm takes a look at all 32 nations and how they stack up ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

1. Brazil

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Marquee Player: Neymar

The South American side rolled through World Cup qualifying and now Brazil looks to carry its form over to Qatar.

Brazil went unbeaten during CONMEBOL qualifying, however, Argentina has had success against them recently.

Neymar and Co. are looking to make their deepest run at the World Cup since the PSG star came onto the international scene.

2. Argentina

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Marquee Player: Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi and Argentina look to be one of the teams to beat.

La Albiceleste won Copa America in 2021 and they ride a 30-plus match unbeaten streak.

This is arguably the best Argentina team Messi has had since competing in his first World Cup back in 2006.

3. Portugal

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Marquee Player: Cristiano Ronaldo

On paper, Portugal has one of the deepest teams in the competition.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes are just a few of the stars that lead the Portuguese attack.

The 2016 Euro champions will be the favorites to get out of Group H.

4. France

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Marquee Player: Kylian Mbappe

The defending World Cup champions have struggled in 2022, but Kylian Mbappe and a host of elite talent can silence the doubters.

There hasn't been a repeat World Cup champion since Brazil did it in 1958 and 1962.

5. England

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Marquee Player: Harry Kane

England has been knocking on the door in their two previous major competitions.

The Three Lions finished runners' up at the 2020 Euros and made the semifinals at the 2018 World Cup.

Gareth Southgate's side will be expected to go deep in Qatar with an incredible wealth of Premier League talent.

6. Spain

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Marquee Player: Pedri

Spain could be one of the top dark horse candidates in 2022.

Pedri, Gavi, Sergio Busquets and other Barcelona stars will likely pace Spain as the look to follow up on their 2010 title.

7. Netherlands

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Marquee Player: Virgil van Dijk

Netherlands relies upon on its strong back line and that starts with Liverpool superstar Virgil van Dijk.

The Dutch have a capable goal scorer up front with Memphis Depay, and if he gets support, the European side can shock some people.

8. Germany

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Marquee Player: Manuel Neuer

The Germans are beginning to see a more youthful approach pay off ahead of the World Cup.

Germany was one of the first European nations to qualify for the World Cup and they have top talent throughout its squad.

Kai Havertz, Jamal Musiala and Karim Adeyemi are three names to watch in the attack.

9. Belgium

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Marquee Player: Kevin De Bruyne

Belgium still has some of the best European talent there is, and that includes Kevin De Bruyne.

They'll need a huge effort from the Manchester City star if they want to follow up on their third-place finish in 2018.

10. Denmark

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Marquee Player: Christian Eriksen

Denmark was a sentimental favorite at the 2020 Euros after Christian Eriksen's awful collapse.

Their captain has since made a return though, and the Danes have one of the more underrated squads in football.

Don't be surprised when they find themselves in the latter rounds.

11. Uruguay

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Marquee Player: Edinson Cavani

Uruguay has some exciting young talent, including Ernesto Valverde and Darwin Nuñez.

However, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani can still lead the line for a Uruguay side that has lots of veteran presence.

12. Croatia

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Marquee Player: Luka Modric

Croatia finished runners' up in 2018 and many people are seeming to forget how deep they are in the midfield.

Luka Modric pairs with Mateo Kovacic and Ivan Rakitic in one of the best central midfields in global football.

13. Senegal

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Marquee Player: Sadio Mane

The African champions have a strong core of talent throughout its squad.

Sadio Mane, Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly are just some of the names that will lead Senegal.

14. Serbia

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Marquee Player: Dusan Vlahovic

Dušan Vlahović could be one of the most exciting players making his debut in Qatar.

Serbia shockingly finished atop their qualifying group ahead of Portugal, so the European nation needs to be taken seriously.

15. Switzerland

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Marquee Player: Xherdan Shaqiri

Switzerland almost always finds a way into the knockout phase.

They're a veteran-led squad with Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka, while Noah Okafor is a young attacker to watch.

16. Canada

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Marquee Player: Alphonso Davies

Canada was the most consistent CONCACAF nation during World Cup qualifying.

Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich) and Jonathan David (Lille) are two of their biggest stars currently playing in Europe.

17. Poland

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Marquee Player: Robert Lewandowski

Poland is a difficult team to figure out beyond Robert Lewandowski.

The Bayern striker has a significant load on his shoulders, so he'll need some help from his teammates.

18. USA

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Marquee Player: Christian Pulisic

The U.S. Men's National Team has one of the younger cores in global football, with many players under the age of 25.

Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams make up the core of the squad, but Gregg Berhalter's side has lots of options.

The Americans return to the World Cup for the first time since 2014.

19. Mexico

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Marquee Player: Chucky Lozano

El Tri are traditionally a knockout round team. In fact, they've reached the Round of 16 in seven straight World Cups.

Mexico needs to find a consistent goal scorer up front given the struggles of striker Raul Jimenez the past 12 months.

20. Ghana

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Marquee Player: Tariq Lamptey

Ghana have become a mainstay at World Cups since 2010 and they'll look to surprise some people in a challenging Group H.

The African side has added several qualities players recently including Tariq Lamptey.

21. Ecuador

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Marquee Player: Enner Valencia

Ecuador was strong throughout World Cup qualifying without a well-known superstar.

This side plays like a team and that will do them well in a challenging Group A that features Netherlands, Senegal and Qatar.

22. South Korea

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Marquee Player: Son Heung Min

Son Heung Min is certainly South Korea's top star, but the Koreans have a fair amount of players in Europe.

The Tottenham star is coming off of a Golden Boot campaign in the Premier League.

23. Wales

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Marquee Player: Gareth Bale

Wales had to claw its way into the World Cup, but Gareth Bale and Co. have a strongly underrated squad.

The European nation has plenty of top-flight experience and Bale is a game changer in attack.

24. Cameroon

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Marquee Player: Vincent Aboubakar

Cameroon has a dynamic attack that can really cause troubles for opposing defenses.

Vincent Aboubakar is coming off of a tremendous AFCON campaign and he could be a player to watch in Qatar.

25. Iran

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Marquee Player: Mehdi Terami

Iran rolled through World Cup qualifying and they have one of the more underrated squads heading to Qatar.

Mehdi Taremi has become a star at FC Porto and could be a key figure in Iran's attack.

26. Morocco

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Marquee Player: Achraf Hakimi

Morocco has only reached the knockout phase once at a World Cup, which hasn't come since 1986.

Achraf Hakimi and the African side are in a tough group with Belgium, Canada and Croatia.

27. Japan

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Marquee Player: Takumi Minamino

Japan is playing in its seventh consecutive World Cup dating back to 1998.

The Asian side has lots of European experience, including Takumi Minamino.

28. Australia

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Marquee Player: Mathew Ryan

Australia pulled off a tremendous upset against Peru to reach the World Cup and now the Socceroos will feature in Group D.

29. Costa Rica

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Marquee Player: Joel Campbell

The Ticos had an up-and-down qualifying campaign but after beating New Zealand in their playoff they'll be feeling more confident.

Costa Rica has one of the best shot stoppers in the tournament with Keylor Navas, who can keep them in matches.

30. Qatar

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Marquee Player: Hassan Al-Haydos

The hosts are competing in their first World Cup and they'll have to deal with a challenging group that features Netherlands.

Qatar has been competing in several major tournaments in preparation for the World Cup, including 2021 Gold Cup.

31. Tunisia

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Marquee Player: Youssef Msakni

Tunisia returns to the World Cup after reaching Russia back in 2018.

The African nation will have a difficult road to the knockout rounds with France, Denmark and Australia in Group D.

32. Saudi Arabia

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Marquee Player: Salem Al-Sawsari

Saudi Arabia is appearing in its sixth World Cup since the 1994 edition of the tournament.

The squad is made up of almost entirely domestic-based players, including Salem Al-Dawsari.

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