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?
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
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
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.
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.
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
so early in the
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.
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
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.