World Cup 2018: Jefinho predicts Group B

Brazilian blind football superstar continues his tournament picks

a male blind footballer and a male able-bodied footballer on the pitch Jefinho says Spain are one of the favourites thanks to players like Andreas Iniesta (R) © • Getty Images

In the countdown to the FIFA Football World Cup in Russia, Paralympic.org has asked for the analysis of a very special football pundit. Brazil’s blind football star Jefinho, one of the greatest 5-a-side football players of all time who is in Madrid, Spain, taking part in the IBSA Blind Football World Championships.

With just one day to go, Jefinho gives his predictions about Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco and Iran.

Jefinho’s predictions, Group B:

“This one is pretty straightforward. The two European teams will go to the second round. Portugal because they are the current European champions, have Cristiano Ronaldo and other good players. Spain have the best midfield in the football world right now and player such as Thiago, Koke, Isco and [Andreas] Iniesta. It is one of the strongest teams in the World Cup and one of the favourites to win the title – a bit ahead of the others in the moment. Portugal and Spain face each other right in the opening match and it will decide who wins the group. But I predict Spain to finish first. Iran and Morocco will only be in Russia for the group stage.”

Who qualifies for the round of 16:

“Spain finish first and Portugal second.”

Match schedule

15 June

Morocco v Iran

Portugal v Spain

20 June

Portugal v Morocco

Iran v Spain

25 June

Spain v Morocco

Iran v Portugal