June 17, 2022 11:25
Korea has a mere 0.35 percent chance of winning the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which kicks off in November, a forecast suggests.
The Analyst, which specializes in football statistics, calculated each of the 32 competing countries' chances of winning the quadrennial event based on statistics, group matchups and other variables.
It predicted a repeat victory for France, the 2018 winner, with the next most likely winners being Brazil, Spain, England and Belgium.
The only country to win back-to-back World Cup trophies so far is Brazil, which achieved the feat in 1958 and 1962. France, grouped with Australia, Denmark and Tunisia, was given a 93.9 percent chance of reaching the Group of 16 and a 17.9 percent chance of winning the tournament.
Brazil, grouped with Cameroon, Serbia and Switzerland, has a 93.5 percent chance of advancing to the Group of 16 and a 15.7 percent chance of winning the final.
Korea, the first Asian country to make a 10th consecutive appearance, shared 20th place on the list of projected winners with host Qatar.
Iran ranked 16th and Japan 17th. Among countries grouped with Korea, Portugal ranked ninth and Uruguay 12th, while Ghana's chances of winning were slimmer than Korea's.
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