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Brazil The Leading Contender To Win World Cup 2014
The 2014 FIFA World Cup is almost upon us. Who’s going to be the winner? Brazil hosts but can they also win? It’s an extremely hard question to answer. One thing about soccer, this isn’t a game that’s won on paper. Almost always, the team that has the best combination of managers, players, and mental state on paper aren’t always the team that takes it home at the end of the day.
Nevertheless, FIFA supporter from around the world will formulate picks based on their own set of facts some tangible, some instinct, and when all is done, they’ll have formulated what they are sure is the winning team. So, after searching around the internet we’ve seen many different picks based on many different factors. However, we are going to make our own picks based on seven key areas that a team has to excel if they are going to win the World Cup trophy.
Those seven key areas are:
- Starting XI
- Star Quality
- Draw Difficulty
- Winning Pedigree
If this World Cup was being played in Europe, the Germany team would have a very good chance of winning. Joachim Loew’s team plays ruthlessly with a great deal of intensity not found often in an international team. But the South American heat is likely to hold them back.
Grouped with Ghana, the USA, and Portugal don’t expect that Germany will simply have their own way; however, they certainly have the quality to make it into the knockout stage.
They have the intricacy of players like Miroslav Klose, Mesut Ozil, Marco Reus and Philipp Lahm. Loew has a magnificent squad, he can use, and so we should see Germany get close to winning their first major title since 1996. The squad is ripe to win with their ‘winning mentality’ and desire to put an end to the 18 year drought Germany’s suffered – time will tell.
Brazil, the host nation is the favorite to triumph and walk away with the World Cup. They have plenty of support, including that of their manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, who also has the knowledge of what it takes to bring the World Cup home. The Brazil squad is packed with talent and quality, but while strong, there are holes in their first XI, especially in the center forward position. However, the strengths are many and the defense is extremely strong, made up of either David or Dante Luize along with Thiago Silva.
From the full-back positions, Dani Alves and Marcelo will provide, and in Neymar, Brazil have a direct, scything forward that can create a host of problems for the opposition. The Brazil forward rocked it at the Confederations Cup suggesting he’s ready to handle the pressure of the World Cup.
Some still have concerns over other areas of the Brazil team, especially since they don’t have a superior poacher, which could make it hard for them to nick that goal when they need it most. The belief is they are going to come close to taking the cup, but not quite make it.
On the other hand, Argentina comes to the World Cup with a higher chance of taking home their first World Cup in 28 years. Their manager, Alejandro Sabella has provided the team with the stability they need and he’s put together a system that get the best results.
Lionel Messi will obviously be crucial to the Albiceleste’s hopes, but in Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain, Argentina has plenty of firepower at their disposal. Angel Di Maria has flourished in a midfield role for Real Madrid and he should do the same alongside the industrious, forceful Javier Mascherano. The goalkeeper concerns will linger, but the improvement in defense is noted and with players like Martin Demichelis, Marcos Rojo, Pablo Zabaleta, and Ezequiel Garay the campaign is looking good. They also have players that have won many titles throughout Europe and Messi is one of the most reliable players they have.
Who will win remains to be seen, but along with strategically making picks, there’s plenty of talk around various players. Some are believed to have used HGH (human growth hormone), but perhaps not since the use of HGH was banned in sports both amateur and professional. Messi used HGH to treat a medical condition and is said to have applied for the exemption; however, no one knows if that actually occurred since he actually was using HGH injections before they were banned.
HGH is known to help recovery times and to speed up healing from injuries. While it is banned and it is highly unlikely any player is using because of random drug testing, it should be recognized that the use of HGH would not be all bad. Some players may choose to use the over the counter HGH supplements, such as Genf20 Plus which contain no HGH, but rather are a blend of natural ingredients that help the pituitary gland increase HGH production. Athletes contemplating to use HGH supplements they must first make sure that using them will no get them banned.