Ronald de Boer is foreseeing Brazil to win the FIFA World Cup™ for a record 6th time at this year’s competition in Qatar. However, the former Netherlands international also expects a solid Dutch appearance at Qatar 2022.
Ronald de Boer recently gave his World Cup predictions to the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, and according to him, he is anticipating the South American giants to beat Portugal in the final at Lusail Arena on 18 December.
The former Ajax, Barcelona and Rangers midfielder is also tipping his country to have areas of strength for a by guaranteeing third spot. He sees Louis van Gaal’s side winning Group A, ahead of Africa Cup of Nations champions, Senegal.
“As a Dutch guy, I was quite pleased with the draw, and I think the team can be happy with this group as well,” said de Boer. “To be in the same group with hosts Qatar is special for me after living in Doha for seven years – but for me, the Netherlands and Senegal are the favourites to advance.”
The 52-year-old, who showed up for the Oranje at two World Cups, anticipates surprises in Group F, with Croatia and Morocco completing ahead of one of the top picks, Belgium, and Canada.
“You always have a surprise somewhere in a World Cup,” he said. “For me, I think Belgium are going to struggle, with Morocco being the surprise team in the group.”
De Boer’s knockout predictions include some enticing clashes from the quarter-finals stage onwards, with the Netherlands reaching the last four before falling to Brazil, while France will see their World Cup title defence come to an end against Portugal.
The Qatar Legacy Ambassador then expects the Brazilians to lift the trophy by overcoming Cristiano Ronaldo and co on Qatar National Day.
“For me, Brazil are the clear favourites to win the title,” de Boer said. When Brazilian players put that yellow jersey on, something happens to their mindset. I believe Brazil will be fully ready for this World Cup, and come the final day, I think they will lift the trophy again.”