We’re less than 100 days away from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The World Cup is a momentous event; in 2010 it reached 3.2 billion people, or 46.4% of the world’s population, this year’s promises to be bigger than ever.
So can host’s Brazil cap off what will be a fantastic tournament with victory?
The Brazil side have been instilled as favourites by 32 Red Casino as well as many others bookmakers. There are numerous reasons why the bookies believe it will be Brazil lifting the trophy in July, but perhaps the most important factor is home support.
Unsurprisingly there is a correlation between home support and World Cup success. If we ignore South Africa in 2010, who came close to escaping their group, 2006 hosts Germany made it to the semi-finals, as did co-hosts South Korea in 2002, while France, in 1998, won the competition. After the church, football is the biggest uniting factor in Brazil, it’s in their DNA. The point being, the Brazilian side will receive voracious vocal support from the stands and one that they should harness into successful performances. The power of home advantage really cannot be underestimated and if Brazil exploits it then they should win.
After Brazil its fellow South American side Argentina who are the most fancied with pundits, the reasoning being both sides are climatized to the conditions. Simply, the sides from South America have the advantage of being used to the playing conditions, something that their European adversaries will have to assimilate to. The Brazilian players will have an in-depth knowledge of the humidity levels, as well as being accustomed to the different air pressure. Where Brazil and Argentina will succeed, European sides will struggle.
It will be a sharp learning curve and one that could really have disastrous consequences for the competing European teams. With this tournament being staged in Brazil it’s crystal clear that the South American sides have a natural advantage.
Besides home support and natural conditioning, the Brazil squad is good enough to win the competition. In talisman Neymar they have one of the best strikers in the world, while at the back there is Thiago Silva who is definitely the best centre-back in the world. With a support cast that includes Chelsea stars; Willian, Oscar and Ramires, as well as Hulk, Dani Alves and Fernandinho, this Brazil squad is the best they’ve had since 2006.
It’s a team that looks good on paper but more importantly it looks good on the pitch, winning 13 of their last 14 matches, one of which was their 3-0 dismantling of World Cup holders Spain in the Confederations Cup final. The Seleção are not just one of the best teams on paper, they are currently the in-form team in world football – if this form continues into the World Cup they’ll be nigh on impossible to stop.
The return of Luiz Felipe Scolari was the missing piece in the Brazil jigsaw. Scolari led his country to their fifth and last World Cup in 2002. There have been three managers since his departure in 2002, none of which have brought any success.
Scolari proved in 2002 that he gets the very best out of his players and he’ll be looking for more of the same this time around. A team is only as good as its manager and the fact that Luiz Felipe Scolari is one of the best managers on the international stage, the signs are promising.
The world expects Brazil to claim a sixth World Cup and in truth if they don’t it has to be regarded as a failure. They’ll never have an easier chance to lift the FIFA World Cup Trophy.