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Brazil, the hosts, are strong favourites to land what would be a sixth World Cup, but along with the outstanding talents of Lionel Messi and his Argentina team, combined with several strong challengers from Europe this promises to be an extremely exciting World Cup.
Probably the biggest buzz from Europe is that of Belgium, who for the first time in several years will arrive at a major tournament with a high level of expectation, and that is all down to the phenomenal pool of players that have been lighting up the world’s best league – the Premier League.
With the spine of the team containing Thibaut Courtois (or even Simon Mignolet), Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini, Eden Hazard and Christian Benteke – Marc Wilmots’ side will be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to outright betting, group odds and top scorer prices.
Of course the defending champions are Spain, who have certainly got their own crop of incredible players to choose from as they bid to do what they did in the Euros and retain their title. When you consider that their inspirational captain Iker Casillas hasn’t been playing regular football, it just shows how much strength in depth Vicente del Bosque has at his disposal.
La Roja have absolutely dominated international football at every level, meaning even the experienced heads like Carles Puyol, Xavi and Fernando Torres, who have several football World Cup games to their names, all have readymade back-ups waiting in the wings, with several of their fringe players holding down regular spots for some of Europe’s highest profile teams.
The same can be said of Germany, who so often in recent years have become you could argue big underachievers, but of course it is not easy to compete with the gifted talents of Spain. Joachim Low’s squad like Spain though has an undoubted plethora of quality with the likes of Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller and Miroslav Klose, but they just need to work on their big game nerves, as a few times now they’ve looked like they could go all the way only to falter in the latter stages.
With German football domestically so strong at the minute though, it can only help the 1990 winners as they bid to win a World Cup outside of their continent for the first time.
And what about England, dare Roy Hodgson’s men dream of glory as they aim to end 48 years of misery on the international stage? What has certainly helped the Three Lions over the last 10 years is the fact that even some of the game’s most respected managers like Sven Goran-Eriksson and Fabio Capello, who both went into the England job on the back of high profile league successes, ultimately failed in their mission. Expectations were lowered even further when Steve McLaren couldn’t get the Three Lions to qualify for Euro 2008, so now there really is no pressure on England as they get set for their World Cup fixtures, hampered by a tough draw having not been seeded.
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