With the competition set to start on Sunday, my predictions for the medalists have Brazil, Spain, France, Argentina and Paraguay all being in the medal hunt. The bottom dwellers should be Morocco, South Korea, Colombia, Turkey and Japan.
Who has the momentum coming into it? The table below includes all the known internationals, friendlies and tournaments, played to date for all teams active this year. Some of the teams with the best records this year are teams that are not competing. Belgium’s program and the Czech Republic’s program are in development. Iran isn’t participating. England failed to qualify through the Euros. Brazil and Argentina have winning records and have been playing. Germany played weaker competition. Japan and South Korea had seriously bad records as a result of the Para Asian Games. France and Spain have not been playing much in preparation for this. To be fair, Spanish and French players have been playing domestically or playing for domestic leagues in other countries. French players have also been supporting development of the game in Africa. Coming in, the South Americans appear to have the most momentum because they have been playing a lot of games and winning them.
|Team||Games played||Wins||Losses||Draws||Win Percentage|
Going back through the available records for all teams in the competition dating back to 2002, which is pretty hard to do as they are not readily available, some teams have a better record against some teams than others. Apologies to readers with visual impairments. This data is in the table below. Most of these teams have not met that often. There are some notable records here for teams that have met four or more times. France has never beaten Brazil. Argentina and Brazil have never lost to Colombia. Germany and Turkey have never beaten France. China has never lost to Japan. None of these records seem likely to improve in this competition as none of these teams are in the same group, and they’d have to meet in the elimination round for that to happen.