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First 11: How Nigeria, other six World Cup contenders will lineup


Ediale Kingsley is one of those who is giving this set of Super Eagles a 70% chance of reaching the WC Finals. Ridiculous? Well, he’s got some past basic predictions right. And he’s usually not afraid to fail. So we may as well look beyond his predictions and peep into his analysis and facts upon which he thinks Team Nigeria has a chance in Russia 2018.

Although, the bookies are giving it to Germany as clear favorite. Joachim Low’s side are expected to defend the crown they won in extra-time against Argentina in the final in 2014.  And Argentina are fourth-favorites. If what we saw in the friendlies against Argentina is anything to go by, without anyone accusing one of smoking weeds. Then, it is only fair to give the Pro-Gernot Rohr’s side a chance.

As we appreciate Ediale’s prophesy and facts analysis in series. Let’s see the First XI of each of the World Cup trophy contenders.



  1. Germany

First XI:

GK: Neuer

DF: Kimmich Boateng Hummels Hector

M: Khedira Kroos

FW: Muller Ozil Draxler

S: Werner


  1. Nigeria

First XI:

GK: Ezenwa

DF: Ekong Shehu Balogun Idowu

M: Mikel Ndidi Ogu /Iwobi

FW Iheanacho Ighalo Moses



  1. Brazil


First XI:

GK: Alisson

DF: Alves Miranda Marquinhos Marcelo

M: Paulinho Casemiro Augusto

FW: Neymar Jesus Coutinho


  1. Spain

First XI:

GK: De Gea

DF: Carvajal Pique Ramos Alba

M: Koke Busquets Iniesta

FW: Silva Morata Isco

  1. Argentina

First XI:

GK: Romero

DF: Mercado Mascherano Otamendi

M: Di Maria Biglia Banega Salvio

FW: Messi Dybala

S: Icardi

NB: Because I know you will ask for these names: Aguero, Higuain but Ediale thinks they are Second XI players




  1. France

First XI:

GK: Lloris


DF: Sidibe Koscielny Umtiti Mendy

M: Kante Pogba

FW: Mbappe Griezmann Lemar

S: Giroud


  1. Belgium


First XI:

GK: Courtois

DF: Alderweireld Kompany Vertonghen

M: Meunier Witsel Fellaini Carrasco

FW: De Bruyne Hazard

S: Lukaku


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About Ediale Kingsley

Ediale Kingsley is the Founding Editor of Jersey Number Twelve and Head of the Trends & Sports desk at National Daily Newspaper. He thinks he is polygamous, married to three wives; Football, Laptop and Internet. When not writing, he is writing or prepping to write. These days he is everywhere talking, filming and showing-up football and films. This National Daily trained journalist went to school to be a graduate in accounting.

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