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Brazil - Odds to Win 2014 FIFA World Cup
Host Brazil has the best odds to win the World Cup and the only five-time winner is stacked. They won the 2013 Confederations Cup and while they did not have to go through the qualifying process they are unbeaten in their last six friendlies. Also, they did not tune up with cream puffs in those friendlies beating five teams that are playing in the World Cup.
Unlike the last few World Cups Brazil does not have one huge star such as the likes of Cafu, Ronaldo, Romario and Roberto Carlos, but they play great as a team and have many world-class players. Their only real weakness may be their lack of depth at the striker position, but they have a great offense and defense.
This is the second time Brazil has hosted the World Cup, as they lost to Uruguay to the finals back in 1950.
Brazil Odds to win World Cup 2014: +300
Brazil Odds to win Group A: -400
How They Advanced:
Brazil automatically qualified as the host nation.
Brazil is not in the toughest group along with a couple of teams that struggled in qualifying in Mexico and Croatia as well as Cameroon. The host will easily win the group and avenge their loss in the Olympic Final beating Mexico.
Brazil will beat fellow South American side Colombia in the quarterfinals and Germany in the semifinals, which should be a great match. In the final they will face 2010 champion Spain and beat them hoisting their sixth World Cup trophy on their soli.
No qualifying results since Brazil qualified as host nation. Here is a list of Brazil’s last six friendly matches.
07/09/13 Brazil 6 – 0 Australia
11/09/13 Brazil 3 – 1 Portugal
12/10/13 Korea Republic 0 – 2 Brazil
15/10/13 Brazil 2 – 0 Zambia
17/11/13 Honduras 0 – 5 Brazil
20/11/13 Brazil 2 – 1 Chile
Brazil Key Players
Oscar MF Chelsea – Great playmaker that can attack and also play solid defense.
Neymar FW Barcelona – Creative striker, who is the closest thing Brazil has to a superstar and may be one if he can lead Brazil to a World Cup win.
Dani Alves DF Barcelona – leader of the stout Brazilian defense.
Past World Cup Results:
2010 Quarterfinals lost to Holland 2-1
2006 Quarterfinals lost to France 1-0
Brazil World Cup Schedule:
Brazil World Cup Roster