The last four editions of the men's World Cup have seen a European champion, but there's no shortage of European contenders this time around.
If our picks are to come true, it will be one of two South American sides lifting the trophy.
South American power Argentina will face European champion France in the round of 16 after a reverse result four years ago.
Canada will deny 2018 runner-up Croatia a knockout place, South Korea will abruptly end Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup career.
Mexico will get back to the round of 16 and promptly lose.
Brazil returns to glory after 20 years, beating Germany in a proper final, and Neymar will break Pelé's all-time national scoring record.
Brazil enters the World Cup as the most complete and balanced squad in the tournament, and despite a lack of star power at fullback.
Brazil has a solid defensive unit led by Thiago Silva and Marquinhos and with Casemiro roaming as a safeguard in midfield.
The Netherlands should make a big splash in the World Cup, as they have yet to lose and have one of the most organized defensive setups in the competition.
The curse of the defending World Cup champions continues as France finish second in Group D behind surging Denmark.
Mexico's curse of losing each year just before the quinto partido will be broken - El Tri won't make it out of the group for the first time since 1990.
Europe has reigned over the World Cup since 2002, but none of the traditional heavy hitters are at their peak this month, especially reigning champion France.
Brazil is always a favorite and a threat, and this time it's loaded with European trophy winners in their prime.
Belgium will finish second, and Argentina will take bronze.
The fact that neither Brazil nor Argentina have played many European sides since the last World Cup.
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