Around 40 pct of Germans say team will win World Cup ’18 – poll

Around 40 of Germans think their football team would win the FIFA 2018 World Cup, which will begin in Moscow on Thursday with the opening clash between Russia and Saudi Arabia, a study has shown.

The study, conducted by You Gouv statistics and made available to the press Tuesday, said 39 percent of people being polled believed the German team would defend their 2014 title and win the World Cup.

However, 28 percent of people anticipated their team to reach the semi-final only.

The study showed 17 percent of those polled said Germany would be eliminated in from the World Cup in the Quarter Final. Only two percent said Germany would be knocked out in group stages.

Twelve percent of Germans said Brazil or Spain would win the World Cup, against 10 percent in favor of France. Two percent said it would be England that would win the championship.

Asked if Coach Joachim Low selected the best squad to represent Germany, 30 percent approved the selection, 21 percent did not agree with the line-up while 29 percent abstained from answering.

Germany, which ranked 1st in FIFA World ranking, is leading Group F which includes Mexico, Sweden and Korean Republic.

They will play their first match against Mexico in Moscow on June 17.

Germany won the FIFA World Cups in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014.

Source: Kuwait News Agency