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5 countries who will be footballing superpowers in the next decade

Rahat Jain
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Croatia have surprised many at Euro 2016

What does it take for a country to be a footballing superpower? Consistent success is clearly the obvious answer, but look further and it takes years of grassroots development and the cohesive development of the footballing talent of a nation. The competitiveness and standard of the domestic league are vital of course, several countries may produce a golden generation but it takes a well-run league with capably run clubs and academies to make sure they can produce talent on a consistent basis.

Spain and Germany are the two prime examples of footballing superpowers in their prime. Both these countries have endured prolonged periods of frustration and barren trophy spells but have persisted with their focus on youth development and academies and have reaped the rewards in recent times. Even the Italians and Brazilians, the other countries with a stunning array of success in international tournaments have consistently churned out talent.

In the Italian’s case, always well-schooled in the tactical school of thought and technically proficient and the Brazilians, free flowing and outrageously skillful, but one also needs to remember their most successful teams have been impeccably organised and resolute in equal measure.

France, Argentina, Uruguay and the Netherlands are other countries who’ve enjoyed success on the international stage. England, for all the limelight their players have often been in, have usually disappointed. In this piece, though, we look at the countries who have the potential of becoming the next footballing superpowers of the world.

1) Croatia

It’s clear that Croatia have no shortage of talent in their squad. Blessed with some of the best midfielders in the world, they now seem to consistently produce technically skilled and dynamic footballers who are seamlessly slotting into the best club sides in world football.

Already established players like Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic, Sime Vrsaljko, Tin Jedvaj and Andrea Kramaric are all under 25 and should find themselves a part of the national setup for several years to come. Marko Pjaca (21) and Ante Coric (19) are both catching the eye at Dinamo Zagreb and should be on their way to the best European clubs soon and when was the last time you could say that the Croatian national team had a midfield duo of the class of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic?

Croatia have begun to catch the eye at international tournaments, and if they begin to fulfill their potential, a consistent stretch of deep runs in the upcoming World Cups and European Championships certainly isn’t beyond them.

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Rahat Jain
Aspiring screenwriter and football fanatic. Passionate (and Patient) Milan and Italy fan.
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