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Top 5 Contenders to Win 2014 World Cup

Updated on February 1, 2014
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The 2014 World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup will take place in Brazil which is also known as the land of soccer. Brazil seemed to be the most appropriate place to host the biggest soccer/football forum on the entire planet. Brazil has, is, and always will be a soccer powerhouse. With legends like Pele, Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Zico and hundreds of legendary players Brazil has established itself as the constant favorite to win every competition they enter.
With Brazil having couple of mediocre world cups (2006 and 2010), the tension is mounting on Selecao to bring home the cup. However are some other contenders that have shown significant evidence that they can be a legitimate contender to win the cup. Bellow we will examine the top 5 contenders to win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. (You might be surprised by one or two of the entries).

Can Messi and Co win the World Cup?
Can Messi and Co win the World Cup? | Source

#5 Argentina

Argentina has been on the verge of glory for the past 20 years. With quality players and coaches the Argentinians have always been a favorite to win the World Cup, however they have been living in the shadows of their Brazilian neighbors who have literally dominated the World Cup competition for several decades now.
The days of Maradona, are long gone and now the throne has been passed on to one of the greatest soccer players of all time: Lionel Messi. However there is a saying is soccer: "One player cannot make you a champion", and this is because soccer is a team effort. The sooner the Argentinian players realize that they cannot be always relying on Messi the sooner the Argentinian team will have a chance at greatness. With quality players like Messi, Mascherano, Aguero, di Maria, Higuain and bunch of other world class players the Argentinians are looking to cause trouble in Brazil.
This may just be the year of Argentina, and the fact is that they are more than capable of getting to the World Cup final and even winning it. Can Argentina raise the World Cup once again (last time was 1986 with Maradona), can Messi staple himself as the greatest soccer player that has ever played the game? We will find out in the summer of 2014!

Going for another trophy in 2014!
Going for another trophy in 2014!

#4 Spain

How can we not include Spain? The World/European Cup champions. Spain has been dominating world soccer for the past 6-7 years and that is in part because of the huge progress that Bracelona FC has had on club level. The Spanish team includes some of the best players of our generation including Ramos, Casillas, Torres, Mata, Xavi, Iniesta and so many more. Who will be selected to represent La Furia Roja, we still can't say but one thing is for sure: the Spanish team will be a key player in the upcoming 2014 World Cup.
Elimination before the final will be devastating to Spain, as the players and all the fans have been accustomed to unprecedented success lately. However critics say that many teams already have decoded the Spanish style and won't be hard for teams like Germany or Brazil to overcome the otherwise powerful Spanish defense. Can the Spanish win back to back World Cups? Very doubtful! Main reason is because the team is old, Xavi and Iniesta can still bring magic to the field, but can they last the full 90mins? A semi-final would be a great accomplishment for the Spanish team, but winning it all might be a little challenging.

These are the new leaders of the German team. Can they live up to the expectations? We will find out in the summer of 2014!
These are the new leaders of the German team. Can they live up to the expectations? We will find out in the summer of 2014!

#3 Germany

When it comes down to soccer, we can't miss the well oiled German machine. Germany has and always will be considered a favorite in large soccer forums. The power of the German team does not lay on single individuals (even though they are very talented), it lays on the team work. The Germans have always had a great team, with players in the past like Klinsmann, Beckenbauer, Muller and so many more talented players the Germans have cemented themselves at the top of the soccer hierarchy.
No doubt the Germans will be in contention for the title, a semi-final would be something that the Germans will be happy with, however they can definitely make the final There are very few teams that have the German spirit, and willingness to never give up in no matter what situation the team is in. Therefore the Germans should be considered one of the top 3 potential candidates to win the World Cup.

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The Italians are ready for battle in Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup | Source

#2 Italy

Italy is the second most probable team to win the 2014 World Cup according to many experts. There are many reasons why the Italian team is considered one of the favorites to win the entire tournament. Italy, just like the previously mentioned teams have been a soccer powerhouse with players like Del Piero, Buffon, Baggio, Zoff and lots more players with legendary status in the soccer hall of fame. Just like Spain and Germany, the Italians are getting a bit old, however with talents like Balotelli, Di Natale,Giovinco, Pirlo, Diamanti and Marchisio the Italian team has gotten the perfect combination of talent, age and experience. This Italian team will be dangerous in the upcoming World Cup.
A final is where the Italians will most likely find themselves, and nobody will be surprised if they win it all. Italy has been one of the most unpredictable teams in the past several years, as they are experiencing ups and downs. However with the right mixture of talent and luck they might be able to lift the most desired trophy in the world of soccer: the World Cup!

#1 Brazil

Obviously this doesn't come as a surprise. The Brazilian team has not won the World Cup since 2002 and its time for them to finally win it back. The Brazilians are the most decorated national soccer team, as they've won more World Cups than anyone else. The right combination is in place for Brazil to make a run at the cup, as they will be playing in front of their fans (probably the most loyal/fanatic fans in the realm of soccer). Failure is simply not an option for Selecao, as they need to win this World Cup. Quite honestly everyone is expecting them to win it, and it wouldn't be a surprise whatsoever.
So who would be the leader of the Brazilian team? It's time for Neymar to finally take the role of the long awaited leader that he can be, and lead Brazil to the "promised land". However just like in Argentina`s case, other players need to step up their game and Brazil has to play as a team, not an individual entity. There are key players to Brazil`s success such as Damiao, Pato, Andre Santon, Robinho,David Luiz, Thiago Silva and etc.
Can the Brazilians get to Maracana (the legendary recently renovated stadium), where the record attendance is nearly 200,000 fans, and can they actually win once at the final. Both questions can be answered with a sure YES! Brazil will have all the right components to be a World Cup champion once again, and regain the somewhat lost dominance in the world of soccer for the past ten years or so.

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The Brazilian squad is ready to regain the title of a World Cup Champion once again! | Source

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      Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      It's amazing that two of these teams didn't make it out of their group. I love that it's come down to a European team v a South American team - that is not Brazil. Can't wait to see Brazil v Netherlands. Hope they come back with avengence.

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      ronaldoh 3 years ago from England

      Football is all about opinions, lets hope the best and most entertaining team wins!

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      Coleman G Norris 3 years ago from North of Texas

      Cheers. As we are still some months away from the tournament I'll give my prediction with a grain of salt. The bracket as I see it will have Germany beating Argentina in the final. I cannot argue with the remainder of your list although Belgium will bring a quality, if not inexperienced squad. Of course the Dutch will always be favored to make a deep run.

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      Blogger at Best 3 years ago from Detroit MI

      Thomas, they might have what it takes to win it all, but they wont. Argentina will make it out of the groups, and that will be it, Messi and the rest of the players you have mentioned have not done anything of value on the international stage and probably wont for a while.

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      Tomas Roman 3 years ago

      Italy so overrated and Argentina underrated. Argentina is taking it home no doubt! They have Messi, Aguero, Higauin, Lavezzi, Di Maria, Mascherano, Maxi Rodriguez, Lamela, Zabaleta, Palacio! Great players and an Amazing team! THEY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN

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      Diego corio 4 years ago

      Hello

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      Paco 4 years ago

      Brazil is favourite but that's good for Spain. Climate will be an important factor in this world cup. Other options: Argentina, Germany, Netherlands and Italy.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Well, I will like England to win, but then their chances are slim. I am betting on Germany this time. Sometimes, home is a disadvantage, as we very well know about it in football.

      This is a very good article, very well written, and with great facts.

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      y8vn 4 years ago

      I think this will be the home team won the gold medal. team played very well. and I pray that will come

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      unen-tsogt 4 years ago

      Football infrastructure is completely different in England and Germany. As John said that english clubs (at bigger clubs) are owned by rich foreigners, who spend money buying top name (not always top talents) instead of spending on youth development. In Germany the most of the clubs are partly owned by supporter clubs. Better said, supporter clubs have their say. In my opinion, it is very healthy football culture tough. I cannot tell too much about Brazil. I have never been there and I don't know how things work over there. At the end football is a game. The better team doesn't always win. World Cup 2012 Italy for example. They didn't deserve to win. They cheated/dived through whole competition. I have no sympathy against Italian National Team (Just wanted to mention, I have a big sympathy for Italians/culture/country)

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      Blogger at Best 4 years ago from Detroit MI

      Well mister Martin if you want to check your facts England is the country of football, just because football was born there doesn't mean sh*t and if you look at facts how many World Cup titles does brazil have and how many does England have? That's right that's what I thought my friend but thanks for your input greatly appreciated ! :)

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      martin 4 years ago

      pmarinov, italy isn't one of the top favorites, check your facts.

      (bookmakers place italy 7th, after the teams you mentioned + Belgium and the Netherlands.

      placing italy before germany and spain is just outrageous.

      and PLEASE stop calling this SOCCER FOR GOD SAKE !!!

      oh and, England is THE country of football, not Brazil.

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      Blogger at Best 4 years ago from Detroit MI

      Shown .....

      Thank you for your comment and also thanks for calling me stupid I do appreciate that ad well!

      First of all you are the person talking about how the World Cup is one year away but you are bringing back stats from 3 years ago and also you are talking about Spain under 21 squad please focus on the World Cup where the senior squad plays not under 21!

      Thank for your time that you spend insulting me and my knowledge about football!

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      AlexJMC 4 years ago

      I'm sorry but you (the author) seems to know little of football let alone international football. I was literally compelled to make an account to tell you how wrong you are about these choices...

      First of all and most obviously Argentina does not deserve to be on this list. They have great players but absolutely no variety of these players. As we all know arguably to the best player in the world Messi is Argentinian. However it's start players such as Higuáin, Milito, Dí Maria and Messi are ALL offensive players. They have little defense and midfield. They get absolutely dismantled by machine teams such as Germany and Spain. 4-0 defeat as an example 2010 WC. The Dutch deserve to be number 5 or even number 4 at a stretch with a far more versatile team with the likes of Snijder and Elia (pace) in mid and Robben and VP up front.

      Secondly Italy are good, but they are not great. I simply don't know how you can rate a team higher than Spain who were knocked out by them in the confederations cup (regardless of score.) Hell Italy almost drew with Mexico (If it was not for Pirlo's free kick prowess.) I love Italy as a team and it's players. Balotelli is possibly my favorite player of all time however I must repeat myself again Italy are good but they are not great.

      Thirdly, I think it amazed all of us in the comments how many assumptions you made in this article. "It is very doubtful! because the team is very old" ....................Are you actually serious? Spain has by far the most up and coming talent in their U-21 squad such as Thiago. Who is 22 and was just singed for European Champions FC Bayern for over 30 million euros. Also are you stupid? The world cup is not for another year but you insist on making many more assumptions such as "Plus Germany are not playing well lately." "Italy is second most probable to win the world cup, according to experts." WHAT EXPERTS? Sources please.

      Because no expert about football said that and you surely ain't an expert.

      Thank you all in the comments who took the time to read this.

      P.S. I wrote this because in my opinion is completely inaccurate and it was the second title on a google search and I did not want people who know less about football believing this.

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      Blogger at Best 4 years ago from Detroit MI

      @Alex

      How are Germany better than Brazil or Italy? Can you be more specific, because what I saw from Brazil against Spain..was a championship caliber team.

      + Germany has not been really playing great lately.

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      Alex 4 years ago

      How can Italy be #2? Germany is a better squad than Brazil and Italy.

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      Hoppingmadpenguin 4 years ago

      @Bruno,

      No, 2002 was in Japan/Korea, which was basically "neutral territory" as far as Europe and South America were concerned. And the fact that South Korea finished fourth (best result ever for an Asian side) again demonstrates the importance of the region where the tournament is held.

      Of the 19 championships so far, the host country has won five times (26%) and finished in the top-4 nine times (53%). Even without this home advantage Brazil already is a top contender, so I would be really surprised if they didn't make it to the finals. For sure Germany has the best team at the moment, but I don't think that will be enough to win it all.

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      Prasad 4 years ago

      Germany are the team to beat. My second finalist (not necessarily WC winner) is France. I think the world will be shocked when they see France reach the WC final and another all-European final. I think Brazil has a better chance of winning the 2018 WC. Brazil's backline is the best in the world for me and Germany are the best team in the world. The problem with Germany is their defense, which is not good for me. I think Germany are, however, the best in all other positions. If that defense is formidable, it makes it even more convenient for the Germans to win.

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      Jaden 4 years ago

      Brazil is definitely a major contestant in this contest. They were already an amazing team but now with a new numer 10 they are even better. Neymar will carry the team through the whole tournament and will raise the cup. I do not see the 2010 champions coming back with another win. Brazil has already defeated them in the confederations cup final. It was an embarrassing 3-0. Neymar also led them through that entire tournament. I can not see spain coming back and winning this tournament

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      Ali 4 years ago

      Where is France

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      Bruno 4 years ago

      @Hoppingmadpenguin

      Brazil also won the WC in 2002, like you said, "in the other's extended time zone" (11-12 hours)

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      Lithuanian 4 years ago

      Germany and Brazil, the only two at the moment that have the potential until 2014 summer. But other countries might build a good team to . But for now only Germany and Brazil.

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      ja 4 years ago

      Germany to win

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      Khalil Choukr 4 years ago

      Yea because there are many different factors such as; climate, terrain, less fans (puts down tgeir confidence level), and much more.

      Argentina and Brazil would be a nice match, the two south american rivals.

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      Gauldur 4 years ago

      Even though I wouldn't consider them as contenders for this World Cup, I find that Belgium are getting quite a team and could challenge for some future World Cups. With players like Hazard, Witsel, Fellaini, Lukaku, de Bruyne, Kompany... they are really starting to get a great team, full of talented players. On top of that they have Adnan Januzaj, the 18 year old who may yet become a star...

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      Blogger at Best 4 years ago from Detroit MI

      I agree with you I think European teams are always having hard time playing in the Western Hemisphere. I think that Brazil is the favorite I don't know about Argentina though but we will see it will be a great World Cup can't wait

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      Hoppingmadpenguin 4 years ago

      Realistically the only two regions relevant in this discussion are Europe and South America, and except for Brazil in 1958, no team has ever won in the other's extended time zone. All championships held in the Americas were won by a South American side and all tournaments in Europe/Africa were a European success. Even the runners-up in most cases came from the same continent. This is no coincidence and my money would therefore be on a Brazil-Argentina final. The cynic in me could even argue that this is FIFA's preferred match up…

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      Blogger at Best 4 years ago from Detroit MI

      Brazil and I course the homeland Bulgaria

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      Khalil Choukr 4 years ago

      So when it comes down to it who are you rooting for in the upcoming fifa world cup??

      As you already know im a brazilian fan

      -cracko

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      Blogger at Best 4 years ago from Detroit MI

      A final Brazil - Germany at Maracana would be amazing !

      I think that Scolari was the right choice for the Brazilian team as he has proven to be successful with it (example: 2002). Also having Perreira (1994 World Cup coach when Brazil won in USA) as an assistant coach is a great move and brings lots of experience to the coaching staff.

      I agree that Hulk needs to step his game in the national team, and this has to do where he plays on the club level. If he plays in a top league (not Russia) he will excel and will become a key player for he Brazilian national squad.

      As for Croatia and Netherlands... I've always liked Croatia, however I don't see them winning the cup. I think a 1/4 final is the maximum they can reach with some help in the draw.

      Netherlands are always good but they will reach maximum 1/4 final as well.

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      George 4 years ago

      Yall forgot about Croatia and Netherlands.

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      Cracko 4 years ago

      The brazilians are on their home ground, giving themselves an advantage, and they have been my favourite team since i was a kid, but im unimpressed by hulk's playing at the moment and in my opinion fred is getting lucky, but neymar is a rising star with is amazing passes and shots. I think "Big Phil" should give the youngster bernard a chance to play a whole match though. Their defence is solid, but they can also step it up a bit. There is no way this is brazils best team, but you can bet that they will give the other teams a run for their money.

      Germany is for sure an amazing team. I think they can get to the finals and have a chance to win it. I was unhappy that you didn't mention ozil though since he is such a great midfielder.

      Other teams such as spain and italy have many talented players with them but they are getting a bit old as you said, but i am still hoping to see italy progress as well because their games against brazil and spain were incredible.

      I am hoping to see a final of brazil vs germany.

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      Bruno 4 years ago

      I'm Brazilian, but i don't think that we're the #1 favourite to 2014. Yes, we won the ConFed Cup, but I remember that we also won the last 3 editions and not the World Cup. (There also a legend that says "The one who win the ConFed will not win the WC")

      And, about the match against Spain, we won, true. But we have a say here: "Each game is a new game" and "The game is won inside the field". We can't and we will not look back at it, we need to look forward.

      A few months back we didn't even have a 'team'. Mano Menezes was too late to define the starters for each position. We didn't even know who was our starter goalkeeper! "Big Phil" (Scolari) has only (about) 6 months ahead "Seleção" and improved it so much more.

      But to me Spain and Germany are way ahead in terms of preparation and team-play (like you said, we have the players, but we aint have a "team").

      Of course we, the supporters, will do our part, we will cheer for our lives. Brazil may loose, but we will certainly be a 'bastard of a foe'.

      Regards

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      Blogger at Best 4 years ago from Detroit MI

      Thanks Mel,

      The World Cup you are talking about was in 1998 when France beat Brazil 3:0 in one of the most suspicious games of all time. Back then the best player in the world (Ronaldo) seemingly did not want to play in the final so did the rest of the team, which eventually led to a horrible loss from France. Many people speculate that the game was fixed but I guess we will never know.

      Thanks for visiting the hub!

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      Brazil seems the obvious choice because of the home field advantage, which worked out well for France in 2002, I think it was. I am looking forward to the Cup, even though I am only a real big soccer fan every four years. Nice work.

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      tastiger04 4 years ago

      I agree....Brazil is like likely favorite. I hope to see some good games though, hopefully an upset or two!

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      Blogger at Best 4 years ago from Detroit MI

      You are right, the World Cup is always an unpredictable tournament. However after the Confederations Cup final I can see how Brazil will be able to make it at least to the final. As we all saw last night the Brazilian fans are amazing, and they will be even crazier once the World Cup rolls through.

      I have to say that we might be on the verge of seeing the new Pele :) (Neymar is great!)

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      swanning 4 years ago

      A lot can happen between now and then. Look at last time. The Germans and Brazilians looked imperious, and yet they were thrashed by lowly Holland and Spain. This is a wide open tournament. I can't see Argentina winning it. Maybe a German upset this time.

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      Blogger at Best 4 years ago from Detroit MI

      Peter actually I think all you need to see is today's score: Brazil 3 Spain 0!

      Enough said...

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      Blogger at Best 4 years ago from Detroit MI

      Peter,

      I think you obviously did not see the 1/2 final of the Confederations Cup when Spain played against Italy. They ended with a tie and only the LUCK put them trough the final.. They are not going to win the World Cup, believe me.

      I think first of all you will see them being beaten by Brazil in the Confederations Cup final, then the World Cup. Also have in mind that Spain is nothing without Xavi and Iniesta (just like Barcelona), and if something happens to them, they will not even make it trough the groups of the World Cup.

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      Peter 4 years ago

      Spain at the end of an era?

      Spain is just at the beginning! What you saw and everybody saw is nothing, it is just the beginning!

      u-19, u-20 and u-21!!!!!!!!

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      Blogger at Best 4 years ago from Detroit MI

      Well what would you be happy with? The German team will make it to the semi-final but wont make it to the final of the World Cup.

      With a team like that the semi-final is more than enough (considering the rest of the teams that will play in the World Cup)

      As always argumentative comments are encouraged :)

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      TheCoolKid 4 years ago

      I'm german and i strongly disagree with the article's statement "...a semi-final would be something that the Germans will be happy with..."

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      Starvage 4 years ago

      I forgot to add spain has some almost unprecedented momentum and experience on their side as well, Ineista, Alonso, and Casillas, will be old but not too old, the perfect age to lead the team. Villa and Torres can lead from the bench. (though i think villa will be deadly as a pinch hitter if he regains form, as he always is)

      Xavi will defiantly be over the hill, and should not be a full time starter, but that is the only thing spain seems to have lost and has gained quite a lot everywhere else.

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      Starvage 4 years ago

      I find the placement of Spain below Germany and Italy questionable. The spanish have more talent at all ages, along with aged veterans like Xavi and Inesta there is depth in the 22 and under club.

      Spain have trounced both the Germans and Italians fairly recently, and neither has really proven itself reformed since.

      People ignore the new team is arguably better than that in 2010, Ramos has became all the replacement for Puyol spain could have dreamed for. The wings have gained Alba, and Arebola seems on the verage of being surpassed by a list of new talent. (Monreal, Montoya, Azipilicueta)

      Navas, Silva, Mata, and are Martinez stepping up.

      Then the other youths, Alacantra, Isco, Asier, Bartra.

      Spains talent and recent form just makes a very strong argument. Theories about a strategic weakness are just that at this point.

      Brazil if not for the last 9 games shouldn't be in the top 5 as a team, though they always have the talent.

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      Blogger at Best 4 years ago from Detroit MI

      John,

      Yes you guys are in a tough group, but not impossible. You will win the game against Moldova at home. Then the real challenge comes when you have to play Ukraine away and Montenegro at home. You will need to get at least 4 points out of those matches to have a chance at first place.

      The game against Poland should be an easy one, but you never know how things will go and especially now that Poland has Levandowski.

      Montenegro seems to have similar schedule as well as Ukraine so its going to be an interesting race to Brazil 2014.

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      John Smith 4 years ago from UK

      I honestly am not very confident we will even quality right now. Our football is stagnant, our support is waning. We don't have the passion for the national team like we used to. Players or fans.

      I'd agree that we will struggle to ever get there with the current state of the premier league. We need to be making the investment in English youth and not importing foreign youth players if we are to ever have a chance.

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      Blogger at Best 4 years ago from Detroit MI

      Hey John,

      England would not be able to do the same, unless they ditch all the billionaire oligarchs who pretty much buy trophies.

      Teams like Chelsea and Manchester City are prime examples of what should not be done with a football team.

      Hopefully they realize that the Germans have done it the right way and start following them.

      John, where do you think England will end up in the World Cup? I think they will be a potential 1/4 final team.

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      John Smith 4 years ago from UK

      I can't look past the Germans, they just look so formidable, especially with the Bundesliga going from strength to strength. It goes to show just how important nurturing the future stars of tomorrow is in securing national success. I just wish England would do the same.

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      Blogger at Best 4 years ago from Detroit MI

      He unen-tsgot, yea I agree with you that the Germans may have a chance of winning, and def deserve it. However I am thinking that they will be a 1/2 final team and with some luck can reach the final, but seeing them lifting the trophy is hard for me, for right now at least.

      It will be a great World Cup 2014 :)

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      unen-tsogt 4 years ago

      I hope Germans will lift the trophy. They deserved it. The generation of Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Per, Poldi can be next golden generation of german football. They already made the first step by winning the CL trophy. Some of them have won the triple this season.

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      Alfredo 4 years ago

      Most of the Brazilian players play in south american stadiums with different surfaces from the world class european stadiums. In the world cup Brazil will have to play in the renovated stadiums which will have european like surface. It will be a different experience for most of the Brazilian players and they will find it difficult to adapt to the new conditions. They need to practice hard before the world cup to get used to it, otherwise they will not even make it to the semi-finals.

      Also, so far Brazilian coach has not found Brazil's best 11, and the winning format. There is no enough time, Brazilian world cup hopes seems very little. Spain is pretty much done. I think it will be Germany this time.

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      Blogger at Best 4 years ago from Detroit MI

      @Thomas Swan you are right, the heat is going to play a huge factor in this competition. I think some of Belgium's talent is going to waster with their players playing in Russia and lower EPL teams. However as a national team they have been playing for a while now and they should put a good performance.

      How do you think Mexico or USA will do in the 2014 World Cup?

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      Thomas Swan 4 years ago from New Zealand

      I think Colombia and Belgium actually do have a chance. Glad you mentioned Belgium, I had forgotten about them. They have good players all over the pitch, though I have to wonder how Northern European teams will do in the heat of Brazil.

      Spain are probably at the end of an era. Argentina and Brazil aren't what they used to be. Germany will find the heat tough imo. Italy haven't had the players for a while, but they seem to do well, so who knows. Colombia probably has almost as much of a chance as the big teams, though my prediction would be semi finals for them.

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      Jack Hazen 4 years ago from Blitzburgh area

      I've only been a soccer fan for a few years but now I'm really getting into it. An awesome Olympics and the so will be the World Cup. My daughter is a freshman in college and she is on the soccer team. They got into the NCAA tournament but lost in the first round. So I have to be able to talk somewhat intelligently about the subject, but I'm still learning. I have a daughter-in-law who is Mexican and she and her family are really nuts about soccer. Kind of like I am about American football.

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      Blogger at Best 4 years ago from Detroit MI

      You guys bring up some good points which I admittedly failed to mention in my article, however I still think that Brazil will take the World Cup. I've been in most of the stadiums that football games will be played in 2014 and they are all very intimidating (especially Maracana).

      Without a doubt Columbia will be an interesting team to watch as well as Belgium who seem to have quite the squad.

      Let me ask you: Do you guys think that teams like Belgium and Columbia have any chance of winning a World Cup? Seems highly unlikely to me, but you never know (Uruguay did it before :) )

      Thanks for visiting the hub.

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      Thomas Swan 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Germany looking strong favorites, but they will be playing in South America. I think many will underestimate the advantage this is going to give their teams. Colombia have an outside chance with Falcao, Guarin and a pretty strong defense. Messi will be giving everything at this world cup, but Argentina just aren't strong enough at the back. Brazil have looked their worst for some time, and I think they'll fall apart pretty early to be honest, but it's so hard to tell. Really, anyone could win it.

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      Peter V 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      With the home advantage, Brazil is certainly a favorite, along with Spain. But I think Germany may put together a very tough squad especially after what we have seen in the Champions League. Still a year off, but I can't wait. Good hub!