Football: Poland listed with 15th-best chance to win World Cup
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Spain are in the best position to win the football World Cup in Russia this summer, while Poland are the 15th-most likely winner, according to a study by a Swiss-based research centre.
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Spain, the 2010 world champions, are ranked ahead of Brazil and France in the study by the CIES Football Observatory.
The study identifies the most likely World Cup winners by analysing the performance of individual teams and players.
According to the CIES Football Observatory, defending world champions Germany are the fourth-biggest favourite of the tournament, ahead of England, Belgium, Argentina, Croatia and European champions Portugal. Switzerland are seen as the 10th-most likely winner.
The World Cup kicks off on June 14 and runs until July 15. Poland take on Senegal, Colombia and Japan in the group stage of the tournament.
Colombia are ranked 12th in the study, three notches above Poland. Senegal, meanwhile, are seen as the 18th-most likely winner and Japan are ranked 21st.
The ranking is based on a Power Index that considers two key factors: the percentage of matches played at the domestic league level since July 1, 2017 by the 23 most-fielded players per team in the World Cup qualifying campaign and the average sporting level of the clubs those players play for.