Brazilian football player Jose Maciel, commonly known as Paulinho, said he foresaw a tight race for the top spot in the 2018 World Cup, during a press briefing in Moscow on Wendesday. «I would choose Germany, France, Belgium, Spain as I said. These are teams that everybody knows, well not that the rest can’t make it but from what I analyse and I can put them as favourites like Argentina as well... Еще. I think it is going to be a tight cup and well these are the teams that I think could make it and of course Brazil too,” he said. Paulinho also called this year's roster for Brazil «the best squad I have ever worked with in my football career.» Brazil's first match will be against Switzerland on June 17 in Rostov-on-Don.