Why Brazil will win the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Brazil is hosting the World Cup in the summer of 2014 for the second time and while they were the runner-up the first time as host they are the favorites this time around. They hosted the World Cup in 1950, which was the first World Cup since 1938 with none being held in 1942 and 1946 because of World War II. Brazil was the runner up in 1950 losing in the final to Uruguay 2-1.

Brazil leads all nations with five World Cup trophies with their most recent win coming in 2002 in South Korea. South America has hosted the World Cup four times and no team from outside the continent has won the tournament there. Uruguay has won twice when they were the inaugural host in 1930 and in Brazil in 1950, Brazil has won once in Chile in 1962, and Argentina has won once as the host in 1978.

Brazil is not only the favorites to win the World Cup because they are the host, but they also have a solid squad. Neymar is the next big Brazilian superstar and he recently signed with soccer powerhouse Barcelona. He spearheads the attack for Brazil that is loaded with world-class talent with the likes of veterans Hulk, David Luiz, Dani Alves and Thiago Silva and the young talent of Lucas Moura, Paulinho, and Oscar.

Manager Felipe Scolari will have a tough time naming his squad with all the talent he has. Scolari is a veteran manager that was at the helm when Brazil won the World Cup in 2002. As the manager of Portugal he led them to a fourth place finish at the 2006 World Cup and a finals appearance in the 2004 European Championships. Scolari has no lack of experience on the world stage and the country is counting on him to bring back the World Cup trophy back to Brazil.

Another reason that Brazil has a great chance to win it all is that the last two World Cup winners of Italy and Spain are older teams that have not infused young talent like the Brazilians have.

All eyes will be on Brazil in the summer of 2014 and they look to become the seventh host to win the World Cup and the first since France back in 1998.