Who’ll Get Their Hands On The World Cup?
And so, the countdown is finally into double figures. Players across most nations have had their final chance to impress before coaches select their final squads, with the pundits already getting into arguments on who should play right wing, who should play left, and more importantly who is going to walk over to the Jules Rimet, and lift it in front of a packed out Maracana.
For many the samba atmosphere, and searing heat cast Brazil as firm favourites, but with more world class, game-changing players than ever before on display, who else can really make their mark this summer?
Lionel Messi and co. will be more than hotly tipped to do well at this year’s tournament, particularly with the side having won the last two tournaments in South America. The beaches of Rio will be brimmed with blue and white fans from across the border, and on the pitch the likes of Aguero, Higuain, and Di Maria will be brimming with confidence after what has already been an impressive season for them.
The nation’s supporters will be expecting after what was a controversial move for many to bring the World Cup to Brazil. There will be added pressure to the five time champions but with the likes of Neymar, David Luiz, and Oscar in their ranks it’s no wonder Betway have them at 4/1 favourites.
Certainly the dark horse in the competition, Belgium went unbeaten through the qualifiers conceding only four goals in the process. They have a solid core with Mignolet, Kompany, Dembele, and Lukaku running down the centre of the field, whilst the likes of Hazard, Benteke, and Mirallas will strike even more threat into defenders eyes. The group should be relatively straight forward for the Red Devils but a Second Round tie could see them face Germany or Portugal in what will be a much trickier task.
The World Champions disposed of Italy in a friendly last week so will be full of confidence heading over to the country that was brought up on stylish football. The last country to defend the title was Brazil, so it could be perfect timing for them to do it in Brazil.
The depth of their squad is second to none and it’s surprising they are only fourth favourites with most bookmakers.
The Germans are up there with the favourites every tournament, and it’s no different this time round for the European side. They have been a revelation since Klinsmann took over in 2006, and now under the watchful eye of Joachim Low have kicked on further. They were dominant over England back in November and saw off a dangerous Chile side last week. Stuck in the ‘group of death’, the early stages could be the most difficult for Philipp Lahm’s men. Stroll through that, and they can stroll through anyone.