Brazil World Cup: Favourites to win the tournament
This summer in Brazil means samba, tropical heat and football. In less than one month’s time 32 football teams representing the hopes and dreams of their countries will meet in Brazil to contest the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The opening match will be played on the 12th of June and the final at the home of Brazilian football, the legendary Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on the 13th of July. Which country will emerge victorious after this month long competition?
Barring any major surprises one of the following four Argentina, Spain, Germany or Brazil will be declared champions at the end of the World Cup.
Host nation Brazil backed by a passionate home crowd and led by star striker Neymar must be considered as red hot favourites to win the tournament. This team made up of experienced and emerging players easily defeated Spain 3-0 in the Confederations Cup and look to continue this good form. Opposition defenders must be losing sleep over how they can stop the attacking play of ‘La Canarinha’.
Despite losing the Confederations Cup, Spain can’t be ruled out. With the likes of Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets controlling the midfield and Brazilian born striker Diego Costa, coming off a fantastic season for Atlético de Madrid which has seen him score 25 goals, Spain must be considered real contenders. It will be the Spaniards passing game which opposition teams must find a way to breakdown if they are to have any chance against ‘La Roja’.
Another perennial favourite is Germany. A new found attacking flair in the form of Draxler, Goetze and Reus combined with experienced heads of Klose, Lahm and Schweinsteiger might just prove to be the perfect balance for World Cup success. With three trophies already in the cabinet will the World Cup 2014 see them add a fourth? Only time will tell.
There is only one reason Argentina are considered favourites, four time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi. Despite failing to pass the quarter final stages in Germany and South Africa, Argentina with an all star squad featuring Tevez, Di Maria and Mascherano may just line up a final appearance against Brazil. Wouldn’t that be a fantastic final?
The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is one of the most open in recent times with no clear favourite emerging. In most groups there are teams with the potential to knock out their more fancied rivals so we could see Australia, Uruguay, Italy or Nigeria hoisting the much coveted trophy on the 13th of July. That is the beauty of football.
James – Marketing Team