In 2002, Brazil was crowned at the first World Cup held by Asia with overwhelming strength compared to the rest. Brazil’s victory in 2002 helped South America surpass Europe in terms of world championships.
Also from 2002 onwards, South American football never let European rivals dominate the world, with more than 2 consecutive crowns. Whenever a European representative was crowned, South American football would repeat itself in the next order – with the flag of Brazil.
The predominance of South American football is a thing of the past, even though the region still manages to bring players to Europe. The 21st century opens with a score of 9-8 in South America. But after the tournament where Russia is the host, Europe will rise to 12-9.
In the last three World Cups, up to two finals were internal European. Four years ago, in Brazil, Germany beat Argentina in the last match.
It was the first time a European representative had won the title in South America. Before the final, the Germans also sowed horror for Brazilian football history with a 7-1 victory in the Semifinals.
Argentina has no hope. The 2018 World Cup is the end of a fallen generation of Argentina. After 4 years, Lionel Messi will surround the team “Came from Tango” is skeptical.
The days of Uruguay reaching the top of the world are long gone, and even Copa America is now a title they are hard to reach. Uruguay does not have the same, and only the ability to rely on the explosion of a few individuals is too big limitation.
Four years is not short, from now until the tournament in Qatar, but probably not long enough for South American football to rise.