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World Cup 2014: Three teams to watch
The 2014 Brazil World Cup has kicked off, as the host nation begins the tournament against Croatia on Thursday evening. Brazil are just one of several exciting teams to grace football’s grandest stage this summer and with that in mind we take a look at three of the more exciting teams that will be featuring in Brazil this summer.
Where else to start but the home nation, Brazil? Widely considered the favourites to win this year’s competition, the Samba stars have a job on their hands to replicate their 2013 Confederations Cup success, which saw a 3-0 demolition of reigning world champions Spain in the final. This was seen to be a changing of the guard at the pinnacle of international football, but for Brazil, who are currently ranked third in the world rankings, to truly be considered the best international side, they will need to look to Neymar, David Luiz and their other stars to put in strong performances to deliver the World Cup to Samba fans in their own backyard. If you are looking to bet on football and the World Cup, a punt on Brazil to win appears to be one of the favourite bets in regards to the World Cup, with the side currently priced at a substantial 3/1 with Bet365
Another South American side, Chile were disregarded by many as a side who could turn heads this summer, but that all changed when they dismantled England 2-0 in November’s friendly held at Wembley. Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal are the main culprits to watch out for, with their raw tenacity and exciting playmaking skills often inspiring the side to impressive outcomes. A tough group of Spain, Holland and Australia awaits, but given Chile are much closer to home soil than the rest of the sides, there is no reason they can’t advance to the knockout stages given they are more acclimatised to the humidity of Brazil and South America.
Another side full of youthfulness and exuberance is Marc Wilmots’ Belgian side. They remained unbeaten during qualifying, winning all but two of their games and this is seen as the dawning of a new golden era for the Belgian national team, with exciting players such as Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas only revealing their true potential this season. Pair the youth and flair with the experience of Thomas Vermaelen and Vincent Kompany and you have a side that is not only attacking, creative and destructive, but a side full of leadership and composure also. It will be interesting to see how they fair in Brazil, given they are widely considered to top their group. It appears the greatest tests for them will be in the knockout stages, where they are likely to face Germany or Portugal.