The Euros have come to an end with Italy being crowned the champions, and the final of the Copa America saw Brazil and Argentina play to a 1-0 finish with Messi finally capturing an international title.
Punters certainly had plenty of entertainment throughout both tournaments too, and the excitement of both led many to create a bet365 account for the possibility of that big win.
Many of these punters now have their eyes on betting on the 2022 world cup that is now just a little over a year away. So with these teams heading to Qatar in just over a year, we have a look at how they are shaping up?
Expect France to bounce back Strongly
The 2018 World Cup winners France were one of the favourites going into the Euros this year. Their somewhat unexpected exit to Switzerland in the round of 16 came as a surprise to many.
So they’ll certainly be looking to return to good form heading to Qatar in order to secure their third win.
The Belgians still have a top class starting XI
Belgium were also able to make it far in the previous World Cup, eventually finishing third. They were knocked out of the Euros by the eventual winners, and that was the same in the 2018 World Cup. So they shouldn't be too down hearted.
This Belgium team is still incredibly strong. So if they can still field the majority of the same players, they’ll be in with a good chance of winning.
Can Italy Double up?
Italy were unable to make it to the World Cup in 2018, after failing to qualify. After winning Euro 2020, there will be plenty of eyes on them, making them marked men.
But after their victory over England, the Italians will see no reason why they can't go all the way in Qatar and win their fifth world cup.
Can England continue to improve?
Similarly for England securing fourth place in 2018 was a massive achievement and something they certainly want to improve upon to. They've done that by coming second at Euro 2020. But can they take that extra step and come first in Qatar?
There’s a lot of spirit in the team, and they considered to be amongst the strongest at the euros. They are also a young side only likely to improve, and hopefully learn from their experiences.
Don't forget the South Americans
Looking outwards to other teams, there’s a lot of competition to come there to come from Latin America.
Argentina and Brazil both just played out the Copa America final, and both sides are looking strong. There may be a lot of aging legs in the Argentina team, but they also have experience and know how.
Brazil and Uruguay both fell at the quarter-final hurdle at the last world cup, losing to Belgium and France respectively. While Argentina went home at the Round of 16 stage, losing to eventual winners France.
In general, the South American teams will be looking to do better in Qatar. European nations have dominated recent world cups. So the Latin American countries know they have to up their games to be more competitive.
It’ll be a great competition as all of the facts about it start to be come available. All of the top teams have shown just how good they are and just what they’re capable of, and with teams like Belgium having not secured a World Cup before, we may yet see a new team crowned World Cup winners for the first time.