Who will win the 2014 World Cup?
Lionel Messi will lead Argentina to World Cup glory, according to CNN's Alex Thomas. (Getty Images)
December 5th, 2013
01:40 PM ET

Who will win the 2014 World Cup?

Argentina will lift the World Cup on July 13, 2014 - and the country's third triumph in football’s biggest tournament will be the sweetest of them all because it will come in the back yard of South American rivals and hosts Brazil.

Predicting the winner of a major sporting contest is a precarious business for a journalist at the best of times. We’re trained to report the facts, not interpret tea leaves or stare into a crystal ball.

The guessing game for a World Cup, even an educated one, is even harder when it’s done before the teams are drawn into groups – but that’s the task I’ve been given.

Better, then, to face it than live in fear of it. I’ve pinned my colors to Argentina’s mast because they have the will, the skill and the local knowledge to beat their rivals.

Alejandro Sabella’s side were top scorers in South American qualifying, by a distance, and only Colombia conceded fewer goals.

Read: Pele promise "fantastic" World Cup in Brazil

Any statistician will tell you that one of the main reasons the best team doesn’t always win in football is because the sport is a relatively low-scoring one compared to, say, basketball or rugby.

Argentina can swing the odds in their favor thanks to impressive attacking firepower: Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria are just some of the stars who can win a game on their own.

Now, I’ll admit the “we-can-score-more-goals-than-you” approach is doomed to failure in a season-long league campaign. But it is far better suited to a knockout tournament with a short group phase.

Ultimately, Argentina’s chances could hinge on four-time world player of the year Messi. Criticized in the past for failing to reproduce his club form at international level, he is finally delivering his best for Argentina in the same way he does for Barcelona, and scored 10 goals in 14 games during the qualifying competition for Brazil 2014.

As I write, the diminutive genius is injured and not for the first time this season. However, I view that enforced absence as an advantage, possibly ensuring he will arrive at the World Cup finals more refreshed than he otherwise might have been - his physical frailty may stop Barca coach Gerardo Martino from overplaying his key forward as the Spanish club chases trophies.

The case for Argentina isn’t watertight but the other reason I’m backing them is because of the even stronger doubts hanging over the other contenders.

Read: The 2014 World Cup draw explained

Spain’s squad remains astonishingly talented but I feel the reigning world and double European champions will finally be undone by their lack of goals.

In 2010, they lifted the title after four consecutive 1-0 wins in the knockout rounds. La Roja looked uninspiring at Euro 2012 until their demolition of Italy in the final, and during world cup qualifying they managed just 14 goals in 8 games – only the 25th best scoring performance in the UEFA zone.

Germany, by contrast, were top scorers in the European section with 36 goals. They have a mouth-watering mix of young talent and experienced campaigners.

However, 16 other countries had better defensive records and the Mannschaft’s matches against Sweden showed a worrying frailty at the back.

Italy, world champions in 2006,  can never be discounted but the lack of a genuine star player - Andrea Pirlo will be past his 35th birthday and questions remain about Mario Balotelli's temperament - could count against the losing Euro 2012 finalist.

And what about the host nation? Brazil has a huge opportunity to remind the world why we fell in love with its brand of football but the country’s passion for the game could count against the team.

When Brazil last hosted the tournament over 60 years ago, they were beaten to the title by Uruguay. The scrutiny will be a hundred times stronger this time.

Neymar is their key man but his move to Barcelona is yet to be deemed a resounding success. Brazil must also contend with the double-edged sword of not having to qualify for the tournament.

The hosts were always guaranteed a spot but this year's Confederation's Cup, which Luis Felipe Scolari's team won, is the only competitive football they have played in recent years.

When discussing the contenders who could upset my pick, Argentina, you’ll notice I’ve gone for former champions. After 19 World Cups, we’ve only ever seen eight different nations triumph.

The case could be made for a first-time winner. Belgium and the Netherlands have talented squads, while the top African nations – Cameroon, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Ghana – all have the potential to reach the latter stages.

Colombia is, arguably, the pick of the candidates to win a World Cup for the first time, especially with a mean defense and a prolific forward like Radamel Falcao leading their attack. However, in my opinion, no country has a more compelling case than Argentina.

The 1978 and 1986 champions are poised to end a wait of more than a quarter of a century to lift football’s biggest prize.

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  1. alain

    Brazil will sure win or should or else there will be rioting. This is the new World Order decision.Economy is stronger than sports.

    December 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • damir

      Croatia will surprise Brasilia in the opening game – and win the game 2:1 !!!! One goal will score Eduardo Da Silva (Dudu), Croat, who started playing in Dinamo Zagreb, was seriously injured in Arsenal, where he played 3 years, currently plays in Ukraine (Sahtar)

      December 7, 2013 at 10:38 am | Reply
      • Patricia

        cmon....

        December 20, 2013 at 9:10 am |
    • Inyavic

      Now someone's talking

      Sports

      December 31, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Reply
    • Ainsworth Grey

      It is too early to say who is going to win the next world cup football in Brazil. Brazil is always my favorite.

      January 5, 2014 at 1:38 pm | Reply
    • albert

      France X Brasil: 3 X 0 as usual

      February 2, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Reply
      • François

        Still talking about 1998 really ??? OMG, get over it man! imagine if the Brazilians would bring up all their past accomplishments every time any significant international soccer competition comes up ? " Il ne faut pas oublier que la France a failli ne pas y aller... donc il faut arrêter de nous faire chier avec 98!

        February 12, 2014 at 8:32 am |
    • Pete

      I predict the semi-finals teams are Brazil, Argentina, German and One African Team.
      To my knowledge, I believe German will be in the Final and will win the WC this year.

      February 20, 2014 at 2:44 am | Reply
      • Anon

        Lol...Come on.

        March 14, 2014 at 5:36 am |
    • algerian.kid

      forget those teams LETS GO ALGERIA!!!!!!!! OR PORTUGUL

      March 17, 2014 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  2. moedingo

    Forget Argentina. My money is on Colombia next year.

    December 5, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Reply
    • Colombia 2014

      Right on. I'm from Colombia and i hope they win!
      If not Spain, then Argentina, then Brazil

      December 6, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Reply
      • Patricia

        Sorry to disappoint you, but Colombia has no chances at all to win the tournament....

        December 20, 2013 at 9:11 am |
      • Piero

        you are crazy sorry brother, the only reason why Colombia and Ecuador have those stats is because of they're home fields, is like playing in a oven, so Colombia is better then Ecuador but they will not win it since there are playing in a even field, sorry....with that being said is between Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Spain. if i have to add one more it would probably be Netherlands as much as i would wish Portugal but i know it wont happen

        January 2, 2014 at 8:48 pm |
      • John

        I believe Colombia has the firepower to make a good run...not enough to win it but surely to leave a good impression...
        Piero, Colombia had the best away record in the qualifiers, even better than Argentina. They won't win it but what I like is the offensive mindedness of its play. Be on the lookout for fun games to watch when Colombia plays.

        January 20, 2014 at 3:05 am |
    • peris

      nawww argentina all the way forget Colombia

      December 7, 2013 at 1:09 am | Reply
    • sweden4eva

      if sweden were in the world cup without a dboubt they would win. im supporting ENGLAND ALL THE WAY CMON ENGLAND

      January 9, 2014 at 10:29 am | Reply
  3. Andrea

    I hope Brazil wins.

    December 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Reply
    • Opy crok

      Brazil all the way

      January 7, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  4. D

    Hard to pick a winner but I'd love to see a USA vs Iran match up at some point in the tournament. But I think Germany has a good chance of winning.

    December 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Reply
    • davidleekuanyong

      hope there would be a USA v IRAN match. time for football diplomacy and great chance to show the world that real americans and iranians arent like their governments.

      December 11, 2013 at 4:35 am | Reply
  5. A.

    The Netherlands. Even with 11 players Colombia (currently ranked 4th in world ranking) could not beat the team of Netherlands wich hand only 10 players during 70 minutes of the match. And the Dutch (with many young players) even had more dominance despite one man less and no large stars present.

    I hope for a worldcup : final Brazil – Netherlands...
    Spain 3d, Germany 4th, .....

    December 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  6. Reinaldo C. Pitta

    I must say that Alex nows a little of the world famous sport (soccer) but really doesn´t know the main factor in soccer championship..Brazil is spending so much money to sponsor these games and our fans here in Brazil are fanatics to national soccer team, what ever happens in the finals, they will manage to do some maneuvering to make Brazil and an European team or even an African team to fight for the finals,and I would like to say something else, you forgot yr. National Team USA of which will get the quarter finals that is, depending the the teams teir going to challenged withen their section..As for Argentina, we saw them in the last world cup as all sport writer´s favorite didn´t get by quarter finals..I´ll put all my money on Brazil because this the year that any country on earth has won more then six thitles.. and from then on World Cup will have different meanings to go on beginning on the next 2018 Russia and 2022 Quatar....
    Last but not least Brasil 2 X 0 Germany once again... with gols from Neymar and Robinho..

    December 5, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  7. AQEEL

    InshaAllah Messi do his best for Argentina to win this world cup.

    December 5, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Reply
    • Sergio

      I really don't think Allah cares who wins.

      December 10, 2013 at 1:11 am | Reply
      • Shan Seehar

        It means Allah (God) will help them win.

        April 1, 2014 at 1:03 am |
  8. Oloks

    Watch out for Ghana!

    December 5, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Reply
    • george

      my friend let me tell you something,Ghana i will be suprise to get in to the next round
      my pick is Notrh americn team colombia,brasil or chili and Germany

      December 7, 2013 at 10:02 am | Reply
  9. Ernesto Costa

    Brasil !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 6, 2013 at 12:08 am | Reply
  10. Ernesto Costa

    Brazil I hope.

    December 6, 2013 at 12:09 am | Reply
  11. Giovani

    Belgium will get far in this World Cup... Their team has potential and their coach, Marc Wilmots, will get his Brazilian revenge!

    December 6, 2013 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • algerian.kid

      ALGERIA IS GONNA MAKE SPOT OF BELGUIM

      March 17, 2014 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  12. ylingaw

    I gotta admit I'm a long time supporter of Argentina. In the 90s and 2000s, I've always felt that they're the team who came to each world cup fearing nobody, and feared by the other contenders. And this time, they seem to be peaking in time for next year's world cup. Vamos vamos Argentina! My dream final would be Argentina vs Spain (my next favourite team). =)

    December 6, 2013 at 11:35 am | Reply
    • Santiago

      Yes Argentina, but beating Brasil on the final would be more fun than Spain/

      December 7, 2013 at 6:16 am | Reply
      • Antero Biaggio

        Argentina defeating Brazil? Thats hard to believe....

        December 30, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
  13. ylingaw

    I gotta admit that I'm a long time supporter of Argentina. In the 90s and 2000s, (regardless of how their fortunes turned out in the end) I've always felt that they're the team who came to each world cup genuinely fearing nobody, and genuinely feared by the other contenders. No team wanted to be drawn against tem. This time, I'm excited to think that they appear to be peaking just in time for next year's world cup. Vamos Vamos Argentina! (My dream final would be Argentina vs Spain – another team that I admire next to Argentina.)

    December 6, 2013 at 11:41 am | Reply
  14. Damian

    Uruguay will cause some major upset

    December 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • Santiago

      If I was Brasilean I would be very worried with Uruguay!

      December 7, 2013 at 6:16 am | Reply
      • Antero Biaggio

        If I was Brazilian, I wouldnt be worried about Uruguay at all.... If I was uruguayan, I would be worried about classifying the first round!

        December 30, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
  15. Hugo Gonçalves

    This world cup will be won won Portugal.

    December 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • The alentejana

      Of course Portugal will win, sometimes things happen from where you least expect it. Forca PORTUGAL! Let's do it this time.

      December 10, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Reply
    • Antero Biaggio

      I didnt know that Portugal will be playing at the World Cup....But I guess nobody will notice that!

      December 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Reply
    • Formoso

      belgium are the dark horses along with Columbia.
      Both Argentina, brazil have stars but cannot click as a team.By the way,without contribution from Petro pinto, this analysis lacks depth and objectivity.
      The last 4 will be belgium, columbia, Brazil and germany

      February 4, 2014 at 7:42 am | Reply
  16. michael amane

    Ghana will surely be the first African country to win the 2014 World Cup.

    December 6, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Reply
  17. Tino

    This will be CR7's Turn! The best player in the World will prove himself this time around as he did during Sweden – Portugal game!!

    December 6, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Reply
    • The alentejana

      There you go, now we are talking!

      December 10, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Reply
    • bismark asumadu

      imy friend shut up! u must be joking and day dreaming simultaneously. combine eusebio, figo n ronaldo , portugal can still not triumph the MIGHTY GHANA. it is a high spirited team not made of stars but attitude.

      December 11, 2013 at 1:32 am | Reply
    • Antero Biaggio

      The best player in the world? Will Messi play for Portugal?????

      December 30, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  18. Sergio

    Spain is the best team of all times. It will win another time.

    December 6, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • Patricia

      You must be from Spain :)
      Seriously you think that spain is the best team of all times with just one world cup won?
      what about Brasil and Italy then?
      Go Brasil, go Italy!!!!!!

      December 20, 2013 at 9:14 am | Reply
      • Pedro

        Spain s the only team ever to win two european champioships and a wold championship in a row. Brasil and Argentina have have several greatt teams that were the best in the world in their time , but if the Spanish national team would manage to win his second world champion would be without doubt the best team ever..No team has ever reached those achievements. I think that Brasil will win though. Championship is in Brasil and apart from the great team they have and the advantage of playing at home,,for any European team is very difficult to play with such high humidity and heat.

        February 26, 2014 at 11:24 pm |
    • Antero Biaggio

      The best team of all times is Brazil....Thats why Brazil has 5 World Cups and Spain has only one....

      December 30, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Reply
      • David Thomas Grantland

        Learn the names of these players,they'll be the World Cup champions:

        Iker Casillas;Sergio Ramos,Gerard Piqué,Javi Martínez,Jordi Alba;Sergio Busquets,Xabi Alonso;Andrés Iniesta,Thiago Alcántara,David Silva;Diego Costa

        March 11, 2014 at 10:56 pm |
    • Denny

      Yeah, right!!!

      February 14, 2014 at 12:34 am | Reply
    • Claudio

      A Espanha só em sonhos!!! Apesar ter duvidas de Portugal chegar as final ( na qual adoraria uma final com Brasil com mt carinho). A Espanha provou em varias ocasiões incapaz vencer portugal (mesmo tendo ganho o mundial e europeu). Mas tudo é possível se Espanha não tiver que defrontar Portugal.

      February 28, 2014 at 11:44 pm | Reply
  19. fudo68

    Dont forget 93 – dont forget Bosnia

    December 6, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  20. Sam Kang

    I hope that Korea would go to the semi-final

    December 7, 2013 at 1:39 am | Reply
  21. Davi

    Brazil and Germany in the final.

    December 7, 2013 at 2:09 am | Reply
  22. Catracho King

    Argentina? What a joke. Brazil baby. Brazil is going to win the world cup. Mexico gets eliminated in round #2. They are as weak as Argentina.

    December 7, 2013 at 4:16 am | Reply
    • Argentino

      Brazil only qualified because they are the hosting country. They only have Neymar, and he is inept compared to Messi. Argentina all the way!

      January 10, 2014 at 1:23 am | Reply
      • Claudio

        Messi quem !? Esse já passou a istoria.

        February 28, 2014 at 11:51 pm |
  23. Santiago

    To all those that think a European team will win, check history, Europeans have never won a WC on the American continent. Brasil won in Sweden.

    December 7, 2013 at 6:20 am | Reply
  24. george

    COLOMBIA................................................................ALL THE WAY

    December 7, 2013 at 10:03 am | Reply
    • Piero

      Colombia.......1st game lost is ok still.............2nd game lost is over...........brazil.................................World Cup

      January 2, 2014 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  25. Debashish

    It is really very difficult to predict the winner of World Cup, but Argentina will be favourites as they have fantastic attackers like Messi, Aguero, Higuain, Di Maria and others, yet their defence is not as strong as their offence; the main thing in their favour is Messi, who on his own can destroy any opposition! So, I think Argentina shall win the World Cup 2014 in the backyard of their main rivals Brazil!
    Viva Argentina!!!

    December 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  26. Stanley

    I forsee a South-American Team playing d finals with an African team Brazil (5) – (3) Nigeria (penalty)

    December 7, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  27. Levi

    Go Argentina!!!!

    December 7, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  28. Yup

    Any new team will do, a team that never won before. Prefarable from Africa or Asia.

    "Change" is the worlds game now. Remaining with same winners does not make the game any interesting.

    December 8, 2013 at 4:56 am | Reply
  29. Gilmar leal

    Brazil!!!! Brazil!!!!! Brazil!!!! Brazil!!!!!!Brazil!!!!!!Brazil!!!! 6 !!!!!!!

    December 8, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  30. Super Eagles Of Nigeria

    The super Eagles of Nigeria will be crown world cup champions in brazil come july 13 2014

    December 9, 2013 at 9:49 am | Reply
    • Victor

      Nah so

      January 9, 2014 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  31. Alvaro

    Unbelievable not to have mentioned Uruguay! Are you kidding me?! Suarez, Cavani, Forlan, Caceres, El Cebolla and the list goes on... I am not saying that they will win, the field is tough, but they deserve mention. Suarez will be unstoppable! Watch out for La Celeste!

    December 9, 2013 at 10:30 am | Reply
  32. jonathan mbir

    watch out for Ghana...GGGGGGHHHHHHAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNAAAAAAAAAA....world cup shocker.
    it will be Ghana vs Brazil in Finals

    December 9, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  33. Super Eagles Of Nigeria

    Ghana will not even have a point not to talk of qualifying from group G

    December 9, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  34. Andrew

    Brazil – Brazil has never lost at home since 1950

    December 10, 2013 at 6:45 am | Reply
    • Argentino

      That was the only time they hosted the world cup. You're pretty much saying that Brazil has always lost at home.

      January 10, 2014 at 1:26 am | Reply
  35. The alentejana

    I would love to see Portugal and Brasil.

    December 10, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  36. bismark asumadu

    at world cups, we talk about tournament players like neymar and ghana's gyan not best players in the world

    December 11, 2013 at 1:35 am | Reply
  37. Butcher Blendz

    As much as I would like a final between Iran and Algeria, Brazil will beat argentina this time.

    December 12, 2013 at 1:11 am | Reply
  38. Bruce

    I would like to see some good finals between Brazil and Spain or better still Germany and Spain

    December 12, 2013 at 3:30 am | Reply
  39. anzelm bibek

    Argentina, Germany & Brazil deserve to win....my support for Argentina no matter it will win or not....

    December 13, 2013 at 12:36 am | Reply
  40. dieguitoo

    sorry everybody! but world cup next year gonna be for argentina. beaten brasil in the final and with messi like a real legend as he is. the MARACANAZO is coming!!!

    December 13, 2013 at 6:42 am | Reply
  41. El Cid

    The author of this article is in the worng profession. I think crystal balls are his real thing although he will soon be out of business.

    December 14, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  42. Enzo

    It's nice to see no one is even mentioning Italy as a possible winner....I am not saying they will win, but I would NEVER count them out. They are the ONLY team that can ruin every above mentioned teams day!

    December 16, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Reply
    • luvaboy365

      they'll reach the final... ;)

      December 20, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Reply
    • Anthony

      Trust me, no one likes facing italy. In every world cup, most people discount italy.
      In my honest opinion, Italy should be the most feared team. They are very unpredictable, play with their heart, and have a pride in their hard work and playing starting with signing their national anthem.
      Will Italy win? I dont have a crystal ball. But they have just as much of a chance as all the favorites.

      February 14, 2014 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  43. Najam Ul Hassan

    Lol, look at Argentina.Messi, Higuain, Di Maria, Aguero ... they will do win... My prayers and well wishes are with them... Messi, Its sh0w time... Man

    December 16, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Reply
    • luvaboy365

      messi & ronaldo WILL meet, this time. :D

      December 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  44. Lawal

    Nigeria vs Uruguay final match of the world up:Nigeria 1 Uruguay 0.

    December 16, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  45. Kailie

    I am from Africa, but the reality is Argentina will shine again....

    December 17, 2013 at 7:47 am | Reply
  46. Alex Schrader

    My dream pick is to have Colombia sneak into the final, nobody has mentioned Chile and their fast attack. Like Uruguay they know the Conmebol teams and they have proven to be a dangerous fast attacking team.
    The Cinderella teams are Colombia and Chile , time for a new winner from Latin America!,!!!!!

    December 18, 2013 at 5:49 am | Reply
  47. Kurdistan

    Impossible to predict . While argentina is one of the favourites , their chances will totally depend on how healthy messi is and honestly I would not consider Argentina the top 3 favourites for lots of reasons . Their defence and midfield is not that good , so they lack balance which was the reason for their exit in the last world cup .

    2-Germany : The passionate south american football will edge German football , so no to Germany
    3-Spain : The perfect defence , perfect midfield , but no real attackers . May be Costa can make the difference if they let him play and please do not talk to me about pedro , negrano , navas or fabrigas . They are not real attackers .
    4-Brasil : Not a chance , no magic , no flare , no passion , no style . Good team over all , but just good and that is not good enough . Neymar is not a miracle maker like messi , so I do not think he will have a real impact .
    5-Ghana is my favourite team to watch (i'm not black :) ) . I see Ghana upsetting some major powers , but they will not win the world cup .
    Colombia : they are just crazy and fun to watch , but they will easily be defeated by Eropean style of play .
    Uroguay : Very good team in the forward only .

    Personally I would go with spain . A combination of Barca and RM and attletico is deadly and will be very hard to contain .

    December 18, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Reply
    • Anthony

      I dont see spain going through to the final, Im not trying to predict anything. I just don't see it. Their style of play is being read by many. If they face italy, germany, brazil they will most likely lose the game.

      February 14, 2014 at 6:50 pm | Reply
    • Cláudio

      Então e Portugal? Terá uma equipa capaz chegar a final, ou semi final?

      March 1, 2014 at 12:02 am | Reply
  48. Nabeel

    Argentina.. One of the Team in the Final match.. No Doubt about it..Messi, Aguero, Higuain, Di Maria,Zabeleta,etc

    December 19, 2013 at 11:20 am | Reply
    • luvaboy365

      italy-argentina, final. argentina to win 2-1.

      December 20, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Reply
      • Anthony

        Hmm i dont know about that. Messi is no maradona, and their defense sucks. I think italy would be them with a counter attacking strategy.

        February 14, 2014 at 6:52 pm |
  49. Freeman

    Its clear:: its all about Brasil and Spain in the final match.....and Brasil will win in penalty shoot out after normal period.

    December 19, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • Antero Biaggio

      If the finals will be Brazil vs. Spain, Brazil will win at the regular time....Remember Federations Cup this year...

      December 30, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Reply
      • Pedro

        Federation means nothing...Spain was eliminated by USA in the previous Federation Cup
        Unfortunately the Spanish Coach try new things when playing Federation..friendly matches... Spain lost in a row with Portugal. Argentina and some other team by three or four goals..after wining the World championship...

        February 26, 2014 at 11:33 pm |
  50. Sanchez

    Nigeria will take he title; otherwise it will be Germany

    December 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  51. fredwaa

    If Brazil manages to pass the round of sixteen whre there is a possibility of meeting Spain, Netherlands or Chile, then I count on them

    December 19, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Reply
    • Antero Biaggio

      Then you can count on Brazil, because surely Brazil will win....

      December 30, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  52. Tuffymacca

    I can only see the coronation of the imperious,brilliant,peerless,imperial,majestic KING LIONEL MESSI at Brasil 2014.The dimunitive Pocket Rocket from Rosario is coming to Brazil 2014 to conquer and reign!.It is as simple as that.If Argentina wont make it to the podium then i strongly fancy the National Mannschaaft.Germany ,Deutschland .It is a team clad in ADIDAS regalia that is going to triumph at Brasil 2014.

    December 20, 2013 at 7:08 am | Reply
  53. Patricia

    Go Brasil....go Italy.....

    December 20, 2013 at 9:14 am | Reply
  54. luvaboy365

    spot on, mr. thomas. the stage looks to be set for argentina (& messi) to win a world cup in brazil, of all places. just like the netherlands winning euro '88 in germany. this world cup is for south americans only (except brazil). so, get lost, spain.
    i'm going for an italy-argentina final, with argentina winning 2-1!

    PS: argentina & portugal (messi & ronaldo) will meet in a quarterfinal.

    December 20, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Reply
    • Antero Biaggio

      Stop dreaming....Brazil is the best team of the world today...Italy was not a problem in the Federations Cup, they will not be a problem in the World Cup...And Argentina cant win Brazil at their home soil....

      December 30, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  55. Georges Jean

    Whether we regress to the 2010 World Cup, Brazil had a tougher squad than now, but Brazil were defeated in the quarterfinals. Remember? The mighty Netherlands squad and Germany will get to the 2014 semifinals and one of these splendid squads will win the 2014 World Cup! Home soil might not guarantee Brazil to triumph in 2014. Let's not dream about Argentina winning the Cup, for Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, and even Serbia will not allow this to happen! Finally, the two "Group of Death" will be quite a challenge in the 2014 quarter-finals for the strong squads, such as France, Italy, and Uruguay who are more impetuous than Brazil and Argentina!

    December 22, 2013 at 12:19 am | Reply
    • Antero Biaggio

      France? Impetuous? What do you mean?

      December 30, 2013 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  56. Diego

    Everybody wrote off Uruguay for any tournaments no matter what. For example, many journalists predicted Argentina to win 2011 Copa America and Uruguay would be kicked off in 2nd stage and looks what happened. Uruguay did very well in this year's Cup when everybody thought they would not make it to the knockoff stage. Uruguay won the fourth best place at World Cup 2010, everybody just think its a fluke. Let me tell you something, when Uruguay win World Cup 2014 and that would be a sweet revenge on them. May Luis Suarez guide Celeste all the way with gang of Cebolla, Cavani, Forlan, newcomer Stuani, and more! By the way, I think Stuani will end up in EPL right after World Cup 2014.

    December 22, 2013 at 12:52 am | Reply
    • jeronimo solis

      Diego believe it or not I think just like you Brasil Is the biggest champion of the world but Uruguay is the biggest champion of Brasil.

      December 26, 2013 at 5:34 am | Reply
    • Antero Biaggio

      Stop dreaming...Uruguayan football is dead since the 1950's... Uruguay do not have a chance, sorry....

      December 30, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  57. Fabricio

    Suarez and Cavani are the best two forwards right now...
    Uruguay vs Brazil final.......2-1....Uruguay Noma!!

    December 22, 2013 at 9:09 am | Reply
    • jeronimo solis

      close fabricio Uruguay 2 Belgium 1 salute

      December 26, 2013 at 5:36 am | Reply
    • Antero Biaggio

      Another dreamer....Sorry, Brazil will be the champion, but Uruguay will not play the finals....

      December 30, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  58. steve

    Algeria will win the 2014 world-cup. Take my word.

    December 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Reply
    • Antero Biaggio

      Well, if the uruguayans are dreaming about the finals, why not the Algerians?

      December 30, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  59. ubm

    The pressure on Brazil will be too much in particularly as there will be good defensive and tactical teams
    at the tournament. My guess it will a European team.

    December 24, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Reply
    • Antero Biaggio

      Brazil has no problem about defeating defensive teams....

      December 30, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  60. Francis Ushie

    why would anyone be thinking of Argentina winning the world
    cup tournament holding in Brazil-2014 now?
    The host nation–Brazil, have very good team, then Holland, Germany and Belgium.
    The strongest are: Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Germany and Holland. I tip Germany.

    December 24, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  61. Evdokia

    I want to see USA in the finals with Greece score USA 3 Greece 00000000000000

    December 26, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Reply
    • Evdokia

      My father says that.
      I think Spain and Brazil will be in the finals
      and i am sure that Spain will win

      December 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Reply
      • Antero Biaggio

        I am sure Spain will never win Brazil.... Brazilians will be lucky if they face Spain, but I am sure Spain will be defeated before the finals.

        December 30, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
  62. Super falcon of nigeria

    THE AFRICA CHAMPION (NIGERIA) are the rightful owner of the WORLD CUP,,we are the first Africa to win a FIFA tournament,,the first and only Africa to have highest (5th) and second (9th) highest fifa ranking in Africa,,and We are the the first Africa team to conquer the world in football (olympic gold medal) and we will be the first Africa to lift the world cup and that will be brazil 2014

    December 28, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  63. Engr Obasuyi Michael

    Reblogged this on BlognetBase.

    December 28, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  64. tannytowallaceallday

    One thing I can say is this will be a great world cup in a great setting. Brazil has some serious home field advantage. I see many predicting Argentina, but I think there could always be surprises. I dont really get the comment about South American Passion vs. Germany? Lets see: Italy and Germany have won multiple world cup as have Brazil has and Argentina
    ~Argentina has wonderful strikers but are lacking in midfield and defense.
    ~Germany has a problem with their defense as well and still looking for something resembling solid(excluding Lahm), however they have many midfielders/fwds that wont be easily contained (possibly the most).
    ~Brazil isnt exactly the best defense team either and Neymar (while incredibly skilled) has temperament problems.
    ~Belgium is quite good albeit too young and inexperienced in my opinion.
    ~ Holland still a team with some stars (Robben playing great as well as Van Persie) .
    ~Spain is still a force to be reckoned with. Very talented and well coached...can never count them out. I think people have learned their style a bit and they can now be beaten with hard work and focus.
    ~Portugal=CR7 playing his best football. But is CR7 is solved they can be beat. Defense also suspect
    ~Uruguay has some good players as well but I dont think overall team strong enough.
    ~Never ever count out Azzuri. They always come to play in the cup

    To keep in mind is focus is what is important...anything can happen on anyday. The most focused and consistent team will win. Not sure how the brackets play out (I tried espns), but I think overall team with best focus, and discipline, combined with experience will lead to cup. Final 8: Colombia, Brazil/ Netherlands, Uruguay/ Argentina, Portugal/ Germany, France. Final 4 : Brazil,Germany/, Netherlands,Argentina, Cup: Germany barely gets past Brazil in upset vs. Argentina. Final: Germany 3-Argentina 2

    December 29, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  65. Antero Biaggio

    Brazil will win, because, like Maradona once said, "Brazil is always Brazil". Brazilian have a great team and they also will play at home. Germany is another strong possibility. Forget about Spain, Argentina or whoever. Its good for the Brazilians that everybody only talks about Neymar.... When it is too late, the other teams will find out that Brazil has many good players.

    December 30, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  66. LINDA BOURBON

    ESPANA, THERE IS NO OTHER

    December 31, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  67. Mexican101º

    Even thought I love Mexico, they have no chance, I think Belgium will do a great performance, they will get to the semis finals, BELGIUMMM

    January 4, 2014 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  68. Ben

    What a ridiculous prediction, Lionel Messi doesn't produce 50% of what he does in Barcelona due to the fact that Xavi and Iniesta are not feeding him precision perfect passes for him just to put away. Honestly aside from the hosts, who have a very strong squad with the home crowd support, Germany is a very possible contender due to their plethora of World Class players and rigid, systematic tactical discipline, which is really unmatched it today's game. Spain is just too old and their style has been studied and figured out, apply high pressure, don't let xavi and iniesta dictate the tempo of play. Concluding, it really up for grabs, but look for young Brazilian players to shine with home crowd support ( Such s confederations cup). I could go on and on.....

    January 6, 2014 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  69. George

    Italy will win it

    January 7, 2014 at 9:03 am | Reply
  70. buchano28

    Nigeria is one of d feverith to win this year world cup. And am so sure Argentina can not beat Nigeria in this year world cup in Brazil

    January 7, 2014 at 11:27 am | Reply
  71. Opy Crok

    Brazil will win

    January 7, 2014 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  72. john davenport

    7 times world cup held in americas and 7 times a south american team has won it same as 9 times out of 10 its been held in europe its been a european team that has won

    January 7, 2014 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  73. aj2471

    This is my perspective, honestly speaking with no bias at all.

    I can only say the main contenders would be Argentina, Brazil and Germany. Forget England, forget Belgium forget Uruguay and definitely forget Spain. I'll just quickly start with my personal team….

    England: In England there’s too much expectation. The fans ALWAYS go into the World Cup expecting to win; they honestly shouldn’t, but they do. It is always locally perceived that England players are the best, the England team is the best, the BPL is the best – until it proves not to be, and once again it’s a dramatic flop. For some players it weighs too heavily, for others it gives them inflated opinions of their standing, it’s a recipe for disaster that compromises performance. I wish them the best as they are my team and have been for years but I'm a realist. I'm just going to save the expectations and fill my pint glass and watch some brilliant football.

    Argentina: I personally believe they are going to blow out the competition or at least worst case scenario second place to Germany or Brazil. Seriously, look at their squad, their players – their form! The level of competition they are in with their teams! It's mind boggling! Just some names for your mind to difficultly render: Higuain, Agüero, Lavezzi, Zabaleta, Mascherano, Lamela, Alvarez, and – and – and what's that little guys name that destroys every living opponent that faces him? Oh on top of his game, back from injury freaking Messi – Enough said…

    Brazil: The hosting country – the country where they talk football, play football, eat football and their religion is football. This might not be the strongest Brazilian team you have ever seen. But they are passionate, young, retardedly talented and definitely ambitious, especially that they are at home! For starters they have Neymar, he has a lot to show and he will. Followed by Robinho, Hulk, Willian, Paulinho, Oscar, Ramires, David Luiz, Alves, Marcelo, KAKA!, Pato, Costa and many more hidden talents. As I mentioned earlier its between Germany, Argentina and Brazil with Spain settling for forth.

    Germany: Just like their perfectly assembled vehicles and very precise and detailed way of life- this team is pure, tactical and powerful. They are basically Borussia Dortmund joint forces with Bayern Munich combined together to play in the World Cup, lol made myself laugh. I believe they will end up in the top 4 for sure, I'd specifically say 2rd. But honestly speak, I wouldn’t be surprised if they got unlucky faced Argentina and get bumped to 3rd beating Spain. Look at their team ffs: Müller, Götze, Reus, Schürrle, Kroos, Mertesacker, Klose, Gómez, Schweinsteiger, Podolski, Özil and of course Neuer. Booom.

    Spain: No.. Their era is over. For now at least, till they get their *** together. I'll say they get knocked out very early. But hey that is just me, and the I believe that they have too many cooks in the kitchen with mind blowing egos. I could be wrong, but La Liga, and BPL is not really being dominated by the Spanish players… Sant, Villa and Casillas might be the only three that I believe will personally put in their best if given the chance too, of course.

    Regardless of my prediction, I think this might be the best World Cup of my Life time yet! (expect that sadness in me that King Zlatan will not be there :'( )

    January 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • Anthony

      discounting italy is never a good analysis.

      February 14, 2014 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  74. JLN

    In my humble opinion, the prediction must be Germany. If you followed Bayern Munich's ridiculous winning streak and saw the excellent condition of German football, I highly doubt, Argentina could be favored over Germany. In 2014, all 4 German Teams reached the play-offs of the UEFA Champions-League. Maybe the Nationalmannschaft is lacking a solid defense so far, but they will train that. Just have a look at the possible starting 11. Neuer – Lahm – Hummels – Boateng – Höwedes – Schweinsteiger – Kroos – Reus – Özil – Müller – Götze. Not to mention players like Schurrle, Schmelser, Ter Stegen, Draxler, Khedira, Bender and many more. Nevertheless, predicting is hard since you never know the players' condition during the tournament...

    January 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  75. AH

    Greece !!1

    January 8, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  76. Lokratin

    I think Germany will win this time.
    Remember the period in which Real Madrid and Barcelona dominated international club-football. This was the time when the spanish team was at its highest level. Now take a look at what German clubs have shown the last years. Bayern Munich is Nr. 1, Borussia Dortmund is also one of the best clubs right now. Most of the players in German national team are from Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund. Those players are used to play together. Look at other national teams. Most of the players are spread all around the world. Too many individual players. What made spain rise in world football, will now help Germany to win.

    January 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  77. John MacDonald

    My pick would have been Germany to win the World Cup but considering the fact that it will be held in Brazil and European teams have difficulty winning in South America, it will be Argentina lifting the world cup, as far as Brazil goes they are over rated.

    January 11, 2014 at 1:16 am | Reply
  78. Gregorio

    Put your money on Netherlands. Long overdue. If van Persie plays as he should it is over. Brazil vsNetherlands final.

    January 11, 2014 at 2:28 am | Reply
  79. john davenport

    seven times the world cup has been held in the americas avd seven times a south american team has won it, the same as 9 times out of ten times it has been held in europe, a european team has won it , i noticed that pattern as far back as 1982, im surprised more people not noticing that, the bookies certainly have.

    January 13, 2014 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  80. Adekunbi azeez

    I know that this 2014 world cup will be the breaking record for nigeria...becos we are fit enough!

    January 14, 2014 at 10:26 pm | Reply
  81. sam

    It's very likely that Brazil and Germany will be in the finals. Probably Germany could win the famous cup,

    January 20, 2014 at 9:16 am | Reply
  82. Jennifer

    Nice Post http://worldsport.blogs.cnn.com

    January 30, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  83. Kahsi

    It have to be Brazil, not because of home-ground advantage only but if any teams who wants to beat them and be a champion, they must be really extraordinary or else it would be difficult. Traditional teams from Germany, Spain, Argentina would be the other favourites.Outsiders would be The Netherlands, Portugal ( if C. Ronaldo can inspire) Uruguay, Chile , France and maybe Italy. Unfortunately I'm not sure about England with the current squad, maybe up to the quarter-finals if they get lucky.

    February 3, 2014 at 4:37 am | Reply
  84. Micheal Odubanjo

    Nigeria will make it and make African proud of the real football

    February 9, 2014 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  85. Denny

    Any team, but Argentina! Not in our back yard! We´ll see! Brasil has been always the best. Just look at the titles. We are 5 times champion of the world cup! No others teams are even closer. Whith that being said, I rest my case! BRASIL will be the winner!

    February 14, 2014 at 12:32 am | Reply
  86. Someone

    MEXICO ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mexico vs Brazil in the FINALS

    February 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  87. Austine

    If Nigeria ever beats Argentina at the group stage, they will lift the trophy by beating Brazil at the final. But if Nigeria drew Argentina, they will only be the first African country to reach the Semis but they won't win it. So their game starts with Argentina. Bon chance a tous!

    February 19, 2014 at 11:29 pm | Reply
  88. kikaspt

    For everyone saying portugal is easy remember that they always pass the group stage withe the exception of 2002 and 86.... In the last 2 wc they were eliminated by an offside goal against spain (wc 2010 winners) and in euro 2012 reached semi finals to be again eliminated by spain in penalty shot out (spain beated italy in the final 4-0) and italy eliminated germany in the semi final... Just dont base favorites in qualifications or ranks, the final stage is a complete different story

    February 21, 2014 at 5:22 pm | Reply
    • Adriano

      Ben detto fratello!!!

      February 28, 2014 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  89. robocop

    i can see the future semi final list-Germany,Brazil,Ghana,Japan– FInal-GermanyversusGhana– winner-Ghana

    February 22, 2014 at 11:08 pm | Reply
  90. dere

    I dont think Brazil, Germany, Columbia and Argentina will be anywhere near the final. Its going to be Spain against......

    February 27, 2014 at 1:12 am | Reply
  91. Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    It is too early to say. No clear favorite yet. Big teams like Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Germany and Spain appear to possess quality that could take them far.

    March 1, 2014 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  92. dick

    The Saudis will win!

    March 2, 2014 at 11:05 am | Reply
  93. Mario Balotelli

    Italy shall win the world cup!!!

    March 4, 2014 at 3:47 am | Reply
  94. A message from a conciuos brazilian citizen

    Unfortunately, the real 2014 World Cup looser will be the Brazilian citizens, regardless if the Brazilian Soccer Team wins or not. With huge amounts of money deviated by the authorities (read here the Labor Party and its President Dilma Russef and Lula) that will endorse another 4 years of robbery if Brazil wins the World Cup. If that happens, ordinary people will only celebrate instead of going out to the streets to protest about the money deviated and all the promises made by Mr. Lula to increase Brazilian infrastructure as a result of World Cup benefits.
    Many protests are being planned to happen in front of the stadiums done by conscious citizens that do not agree with Brazil hosting this World Cup. The Labor Party is truly concerned that these protests will show the true landscape of the reality (ie corruption) to the world and they are managing to put out the fire.
    As a Brazilian I feel myself extremely embarrassed to say that this World Cup in Brazil is a tremendous fake and may represent true danger for foreigners coming to see the games. In 2014 there will be elections for President in Brazil so everything goes to reelect the Labor Party (and Dilma), so the World Cup is their best propaganda. Political groups (against Labor Party) and people that do not accept Brazil hosting this World Cup (due to corruption) will go out on the streets during the games and conflicts will happen with Police and Army, scaring the foreigners and showing them the true picture of this great fake!
    My advice: save your money (cause everything was already priced to the top because of the World Cup event), save your family (that will be a tremendous great time for robbers on the streets plenty of foreigners) and help the Brazilian people that are embarrassed with all the disgrace that the Labor Party brought to our country since last 12 years, buying votes from poor people in exchange of money. Help Brazil not coming here or bringing your money. World football deserves a hostess with dignity. I am sorry to say that.

    March 6, 2014 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  95. fawzy altaisha.

    Brasil and Germany are the favors and predictable to play the final,however,i hope England to take the trophy.

    March 6, 2014 at 6:20 pm | Reply
    • abhattarai1

      England actually look like a lost cause for this world cup, specially with the fact that they do not have Theo Walcott makes it even more difficult. England do have lots of amazing young talents and experienced players such as Gerrard, Lampard and Rooney but I think what they lack most is the team chemistry. The players are not as acquainted with each other as winning a world cup would demand. I will personally be amazed if England actually makes as far as the knock out stages with teams such as Uruguay and Italy in their group. Good luck though and hopefully I will be amazed this summer.

      March 24, 2014 at 2:08 am | Reply
  96. Honwana_moz

    I am a footbal fan and people will understand what i am trying to put in lines. If people like to watch worldcup and football as well they will wisely need to watch TOTAL FOOTBALL. There is only one team that misses to complete the pot of 8 nations winning worldcup. Is the Netherlands, they play well and nicely many people know that and in 2010 they have been cheated, i do not consider spain a winner due to the fact referee influenced a lot on the game, fouls from spain he did not call and made the dutch players to become nervous it was intentionally even the goal from spain outside the issue of being offside goal, there was a fault commited by puyol on Getro williams that could send him out of the game, by the way football business i hope the bets do not come again, this 2014 is for Rafael Vandervart, Blind, Robeben, Vlaar, Sneidjer, Huntelar, Robin Van Pierse, this is a sample of mega team when you recouver AC MILLAN old times made by Ricjchard, Gullit and Van Basten so @ 2014 just wait to watch the Dutch nocking of Spain in the first game amazing total footbal.

    March 7, 2014 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  97. Cleiton

    ah, common, i'm sure Brazil will win that world cup. Brazil will play at home, with 200 millions of brazilians twisting.
    there's no chance for germany, argentina and spain win brazil.
    let's go brazil, let's be six time champions.
    é isso ai brasil, vamos torcer rumo ao hexa

    March 9, 2014 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  98. Victor

    There is one country to be careful, very good at springing surprises. Nigeria .............for who cares to hear.
    Just like I predicted last World Cup, the country that will pick up the cup will be for the first time. This is the season for the unknown.
    Victor.

    March 11, 2014 at 4:14 am | Reply
  99. Futbolitos

    Brazil vs. Argentina Finals... I hope Brazil will kick some ass. Go go go Brazil.

    March 12, 2014 at 1:35 am | Reply
  100. Paulo

    2014 in Brazil will be like the 1998 in France...the rulling party in Brazil will be running for re-election, if Brazil looses the PT will loose power. Lula and his gang had all this planned with FIFA, Blatter will get a ton on money and at the end the entire tournament will, once again, be obviously fixed...you need to be blind not to see it.
    The one thing that may go against the PT & FIFA plans is the people protests tha tmay take place right before and during the competition, the international media will have a feast!
    I cannot wait to see it...

    March 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  101. algerian.kid

    LETS GO ALGERIA 1 2 3 VIVA ALGERIA

    March 17, 2014 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  102. sergio

    This is the year of Portugal.They have great players and they play in Brasil,where they speak the same language and they have similar cuktural background

    March 23, 2014 at 4:51 am | Reply
  103. abhattarai1

    This report here shows the fact that it is a biased story coming from an Argentinian fan who is trying to show why Argentina can win the World Cup. The story shows the writer's plain thought and I believe there is not enough evidence to show why Argentina will win this world cup. If a neutral reader who does not really know much about football (soccer) comes and reads the story, he/she will most likely start asking several questions. He/She will even know that it is a bias post when he/she sees why Brazil losing the competition when played in their soil lost against Uruguay could be tied towards Brazil having less chance of winning the World Cup that is going to be hosted in Brazil. When I saw the title I pretty much ran towards this report to see what the writer had in store because it was a title to which any football (soccer) fan would love to read in the brink of the World Cup 2014. This report rather lacked any sorts of diversity in opinions because of the fact that all the info was coming out of one person who was saying why his team (team he supports) should win the World Cup.

    March 24, 2014 at 1:33 am | Reply
  104. abhattarai1

    Starting out with the topic you started with does lead many people to come and read what is in store. I mean, seriously who would be that football (soccer) fan who would not like to read about which team could win the world cup. The fact that you used lionel Messi's picture to be the highlight of the article shows the fact that you are betting on Argentina to win the world cup. I think this is just too much of a clue for people to realize that you are going to talk about Argentina alone and some might just leave the post without actually reading the blog/article. Also I think that this article is biased because of the fact that you are ignoring some of the strengths of other big teams and you are also not highlighting some of the poor sides of Argentina. The fact that such fast attackers make this team does not just mean that they actually score goals. We have seen from some of the friendlies games such as ones against Romania and even the one against Saudi Arabia that Argentina can be stopped. And how can you just rule Brazil out just because they lost a world cup in their home against Uruguay basically decades ago? This just shows that this blog lacks any diverse discussions and just has reports relating to why you think Argentina should win this world cup.

    March 24, 2014 at 1:46 am | Reply
  105. abhattarai1

    I have to say this though. I believe that this is going to be Argentina's year. One of the reasons I could give is the fact that no European teams have ever won the world cup in South America. Because of the fact that it is in South America this year could just mean that a South American team should win it. But it is certainly difficult to rule any of the other teams from Europe. Spain looks like a team that could actually have 2 very good teams made from the amount of great players they possess. The introduction of Diego Costa as a main striker does mean Spain has been given a better attack. But the way Spain play could really hamper them. They try to play like FC Barcelona but cannot do that. We do know that Spain's style is keeping the ball and scoring at the very right time but they do not have the right players to play the intricate passing and poaching football like Barcelona does. Their reliance on surviving games by defending a lead by a goal or two could actually cost them. I do not think that Brazil actually has enough experience in the team to actually lead them to glory in the world cup. They do have amazing players like Neymar, Oscar and Thiago Silva but I think that these young players (oscar and Neymar) will choke to the big occasion with the home crowds demanding more from these players. In this case home advantage could actually turn into a big disadvantage. Germany could be a big threat with all the players they have in their box but I do not think that their defense line is as stable as some other teams and their reliance with midfielders scoring could have slight effect on them. They will need a quality striker which Thomas Muller provides but you never know when players start to flop. The only other team that has a shot at winning the World Cup will be Argentina. Argentina's back line gets criticized most of the time but I believe that they are not so bad. Mascherano is really good at the CDM role and Argentina do have the flexibility to use Lionel Messi as a creative Midfielder if needed, otherwise Erik lamela could stand up to the occasion. DiMaria is in form and Lavezzi is not doing so bad either and they have classic strikers in the names of Sergio Aguero, Higuain and Messi whenever needed. The fact that Argentina is drawn in easiest possible group could mean that their main players could have more rest than any others getting into the knock out phases of the tournament.

    March 24, 2014 at 2:03 am | Reply
  106. Moita

    Brazil will wins because they buy, they made a deal with FIFA, is clear, the country is lost, if the players lost the world cup, brazil wil be in total chaos.

    April 1, 2014 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  107. morgan

    No europeon teams have ever won the world cup in south america. so it will be Argentina Year.

    April 2, 2014 at 7:04 am | Reply
  108. Soccer fan

    Sorry to say as a soccer fan, this cup will be tainted with bad referees, Brazil has to win to save the country so calls will not be mad against the host country. I’m not saying Brazil isn't good enough to win but i think they will get a lot of help from refs. Just a fan of the wonderful game.

    April 3, 2014 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  109. Diana

    I think that spain is better than Brasil

    April 14, 2014 at 11:56 pm | Reply

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