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FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil Preview

Updated on May 9, 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014 is around the corner with only few days remaining from the start of the tournament in Brazil. The football’s premier team event will last a month and a day starting from the 12th of June. The grand final of the event would take place on the 13th of July 2014. The world event would see 32 top football nations competing against each other over 64 nail biting and exciting matches for the greatest glory in football.

England lifting the trophy in 1966
England lifting the trophy in 1966 | Source

History

This is the 20th football World Cup and so far 8 teams have won the biggest sporting event in the world sports. Only nations from South America and Western Europe have lifted the prestigious trophy over its 74 years history including 5 from Europe and 3 from South America. Overall, teams from South America have lifted the trophy 9 times whereas European teams have won the cup 10 times. The European teams to have won the world event are Italy, Germany, England, France and the current world champions Spain. Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina are the South American nations who have had the honors of winning the world cup. According to statistics, Brazil is the most decorated football nation with 5 World Cup victories whereas Italians are the most successful European nation in the event with 4.

Qualifying Teams

32 teams from 6 continents will take place in the World Cup Finals.

Representation from Asia

Asia has 3 representatives in this year’s world cup in Iran, Japan and South Korea. South Korea has been the most successful Asian nation in the world cup having been part of the finals a total of 9 times. They reached the Semi Finals of the 2002 World Cup held in South Korea and Japan, the farthest any Asian team has managed to reach in the event. Australia has also qualified for this year’s grand event and this is their 4th World Cup appearance.

Representation from Africa

From Africa, the nations that will be contesting for the greatest prize football has to offer are Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameron and Algeria. Cameron is the most experienced African nation having appeared in the World Cup 7 times. Amazingly, all the African countries that have qualified for the finals this time around were present in the previous edition as well.

Representation from North America

The qualifying teams from North America are the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras. Costa Rica will be participating in its 4th World Cup while it will be the 15th time that Mexico will enter the finals.

Representation from South America

Argentina, Columbia, Uruguay, Chile and Ecuador are the other 5 representatives of South America along with the host nation Brazil. Brazil is the most successful nation in the history of the World Cup having played the mega event a grand total of 20 times.

Representation from Europe

The European contingent that would be participating in the FIFA World Cup this year comprise of 13 nations including Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, England, Greece, Croatia, Portugal, France and the reigning World Champions Spain. Bosnia and Herzegovina will be playing in the World Cup for the first time in their history.

Teams that have Qualified for the 2014 World Cup

Groups

The 32 teams have been divided into eight groups and two top teams from each group would qualify for the knockout stage.

Group A
 
 
 
Brazil
Croatia
Mexico
Cameroon
Group B
 
 
 
Spain
Netherlands
Chile
Australia
Group C
 
 
 
Colombia
Greece
Cote D'Ivoire
Japan
Group D
 
 
 
Uruguay
Costa Rica
England
Italy
Group E
 
 
 
Switzerland
Ecuador
France
Honduras
Group F
 
 
 
Argentina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iran
Nigeria
Group G
 
 
 
Germany
Portugal
Ghana
USA
Group H
 
 
 
Belgium
Algeria
Russia
Korea Republic

Who Will Lift the World Cup trophy?

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Can Spain Lift the Trophy Again?

Top Contenders

Though 32 teams are participating in 2014’s mega event but not all of them are capable of lifting the trophy of their dreams.

Spain

The biggest contenders of the World Cup are the current World Champions and number 1 ranked team, Spain. Spaniards had had the reputation of being under achievers at the world stage till they conquered all and sundry with their imperious playing style to become world champions in South Africa. Spain has a wonderfully gifted team and has won the last three major tournaments in which they have taken part including euro 2008 and 2012 in addition to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. While the team wasn’t able to stir the same magic in the Confederations Cup played in Brazil last year, many pundits still feel that players like Iniesta, Xavi, Xabi Alonso and Iker Casillas can lead the country to its second World Cup title.

Brazil

The other favorite for becoming champion is the host nation of the World Cup, the most successful football nation in the world, the team known for its dazzling and attacking style i.e. Brazil. Many pundits feel that Brazil have a great chance of clinching back the World Cup after a wait for 12 years because the team not only has attacking flair but also has a very balanced and high quality defence- an element missing in Brazilian teams in the past three World Cups. With a robust and passionate crowd encouraging them every step of the way, the Brazilian team would take some stopping.

Germany

The German side is packed with talented players all along the park and it is for this reason that Germany go into the World Cups as one of the favorites to win the grandest prize of them all. Joachim Low would have to make his side play to their true potential though if they want to put up an effective challenge for the title.

Can Vincent Kompany lead his team to World Cup glory?

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Dark Horses

Belgium are considered well down in the pecking order when it comes to the list of favorites with teams like Argentina and Netherlands being given more favorable odds than the Western European country. However, a look at their squad, their performances in the World Cup Qualifiers and their ranking in the FIFA standings is proof enough of the heights that Belgium can reach in this World Cup. With high quality players like Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard, Axel Witsel and Romelu Lukaku in the form of their lives, the Belgians would give any team a run for their money in the World Cup. Belgium may not be able to win the World Cup in Brazil but they are surely capable of springing a few surprises and thus, remain one of the teams to watch out for this summer.

Hopefully, it would be a great tournament with exciting and breathtaking matches and classic finishes, exceptional goals, dramatic defending, attacks, counterattacks and all that we expect from the beautiful game.


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      Fifahadic_Rehman 3 years ago

      There's one team that I'm sure is gonna be shit at wc14 Brazil: England.

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      moiz17 2 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Supporting Germany. But if France knock them out somehow (a big if), I will be cheering for Argentina. Think they can reach the finals at least even with such a disjointed team that has no midfield.

      You from the US? I loved the spirit with which the US players played in that Belgium game.

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