3 World Cup Tips

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3 World Cup Tips

written by guest writer Andre.

The advertising campaigns for every World Cup are always huge. You can’t but a hamburger, a

chocolate bar or open a newspaper without being reminded that the tournament is not only on, but

in full flow. So will Brazil 2014 live up to the hype?

The answer is a resounding “yes.” Not only is this tournament going to showcase some of the most

exciting football talent of a generation, but it will be set in the very heart of a nation synonymous

with the beautiful game. What a truly fabulous combination.

So the competition is an immense institution, and the location a perfect fit.

So who will win theWorld Cup in 2014?

TIME cover: Neymar The Next Pelé.

TIME cover: Neymar The Next Pelé.

Let’s start with the hosts. Brazil are still very much a pressing, resilient and dynamic outfit. As with

many national teams, their footballing identity is very much in their blood.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has bundles of major tournament experience and he also has a 22-year-old World Cup poster boy in the sensational Neymar

The £48.6m Barcelona boy is some talent; but more to the point, he delivers not just domestically,

but for his country. He has to date, scored 13 times in his last 16 caps. The boy is a potential World

Cup winner.

 

Another Brazilian eye-catcher has to be Bernard. Shakhtar Donetsk paid £21.5m for him last

summer. And the 5’ 5” winger has made his fee look ridiculously good value. Bernard is precisely

the sort of player capable of lighting up a tournament such as this.

Spain will be heavily tipped, and rightly so. Theirs is a possession game. The masters of the 443,

have wealth of talent at their disposal.

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The names of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas, Xabi Alonso, Juan Mata,

David Silva and Santi Cazorla will only strike fear into the hearts of those forced to take them on.

Can the Spanish retain the crown? They’ll be the scalp that all sides will be looking to take. That

alone is a factor that may dog them.

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The fierce rivalry between the premium side is what routinely makes this tournament a go to

destination every four years. Demand to be at the World Cup Finals in 2014 will only be greater.

Group mates of the Spanish of course, will be the Dutch. The fact that the World Cup throws two giants into the same group, 

so early in the competition is precisely what makes it one of the most fascinating sports events on the planet. 

The Netherlands will be looking to settle a few scores. The Dutch suffered World Cup final

heartbreak for a third time in 2010 when they lost to Spain.

Manchester United’s new manager Louis van Gaal has won league titles with Ajax, Barcelona,

Bayern Munich and AZ Alkmaar, but he has yet to win a World Cup. This is van Gaal’s last stint as

the Oranje boss and given the class of his resources, he will be looking to prove a point.

Players such as Patrick van Aanholt, Joel Veltman, Jordy Clasie, Nigel de Jong, Klaas-Jan

Huntelaar and Robin van Persie are all world class on their day.

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The final pick has to be the Germans.

Joachim Low has 68% win percentage.

Picture a fluid 4-2-3-1

featuring Philipp Lahm, a player described by Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola this season as “the most intelligent player I’ve ever coached.

Germany have reached the final seven times, winning for the third time in 1990. If their back

four can cope with what will inevitably be thrown at it, one of the competitions most consistent

performers could well be very much in the mix again.

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8 Comments

  • May 27, 2014 - 9:33 am | Permalink

    Here’s hoping you’re filled with visitors anxious to see the games Maggie. Maybe you can ‘field’ your own International side.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    • May 27, 2014 - 4:49 pm | Permalink

      It’s starting to build up now…hope Brazil does good. Huge hugs back. :)

  • May 27, 2014 - 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Great post! Thank you. Shared on my South African FB ..Good Luck everyone!

    • May 27, 2014 - 4:51 pm | Permalink

      Just been on your site…tried to comment but not sure it let me…the internet!
      Thanks a lot for sharing. :) very kind of you Susan, you’re a kind soul I feel that from your writing, you know I’m a fan. :)

  • May 29, 2014 - 7:54 pm | Permalink

    I was just reading in our news here that the U.S. soccer team has to face, among others, the Brazil team in the opening round, which means that we might not make it very far. :) Oh, well.
    Sounds like all of you over there are having loads of fun. Cheers.

    • May 30, 2014 - 10:58 pm | Permalink

      Yeah it’s getting busy had a few visitors already which has been great fun…England’s group isn’t any better, oh well, we can only hope.:)

  • Ruth B. Price
    June 9, 2014 - 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Hi,

    Thanks for the post about World Cup. Just a tip about those who don’t live in countries that stream world cup online. You can use UnoTelly to remove the geoblock and stream World Cup 2014 in your country free https://worldcup.unotelly.com

    • June 9, 2014 - 5:10 pm | Permalink

      Hi Thanks for the comment…I’m surprised that there is anywhere in the world not showing the games, interesting, any idea which countries? You make a good point about streaming…as an expat I have an ip blocker so I can stream occasionally. I tend to use atdhe.eu they stream all sports for free, but I’ll check your recommendation out cheers…if I ever again get internet good enough for streaming!!!

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