Football, also known as soccer, is the most popular sport on the planet, with a fan base of 3.5+ billion people worldwide. They are the defending champions, besides also winning the Euro championshipsthe only team to achieve this feat. This does not mean that they will just come and go! Mind you, some are more than capable of beating the best, but only on their day.
Netherlands, England, and France are three teams who have the potential to win the most coveted trophy in soccer, but more often than not falter just before the final hurdle. Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the best footballer in the world, and he will be more than keen to take his team right through the tournament and make champions out of them. And then there is Argentina, who have won this tournament twice. Nevertheless, keep an eye on them too throughout the tournament. Besides, they are the current number 1 ranked side in the world, and since quite some time, may I add. Let’s have a look at where the matches are being held, the 8 different groups, and the top contenders for the coveted title of FIFA World Champions 2014.
So, who do you think will win the World Cup? Vote for your favorite team in the poll below.
Without naming the rest, let’s face it, they hardly stand a chance of winning the World Cup. Fixtures
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GROUPS & ODDS
2014 will see the 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup, a tournament which started way back in 1930.
Rio de Janeiro
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Copa do Mundo da FIFA Brasil 2014
The Brazilian Samba!
Brazil has appeared in each and every World Cup, having won it 5 times, more than any other nation.
(12 Host Cities, 32 Participating Nations, 64 Matches).
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Brazil has to be one of the favorites for this World Cup. They have won 3 World Cups, ranked 2nd, and going by their current form, they look like the team to beat. They are ranked 3rd, and not without reason.
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2014 World Cup Favorites
The Dark Horse
No one might give them much of a chance, but Portugal is definitely a dark horse capable of pulling off the unexpected. Germany too are right up there as favorites. They have won the World Cup 4 times, only second to Brazil, and know what it takes to reach the top.
Italy is one team that can go all the way here. They have won the most titles till date, but the main factor in their favor this time is home advantage. In short, they’ll be unnoticed at the start, but make their presence felt more and more as the tournament progresses. Spain has as good a chance for 2 very good reasons. The only other time the tournament was held on their shores, they were runners-up. Half the planet will be tuned in to the extravaganza, which is the most watched sports tournament in the world