Predictions for the 2014 World Cup are never a simple task. Soccer Cup tournaments are always difficult to predict the outcomes for and the World Cup even more so. There are so many factors that cannot be foreseen even in the midst of a match. Still there are some hints that we can take going into the tournament.
With the World Cup taking place in Brazil, the host country will certainly be favorites to win their sixth World Cup trophy. The last time that they hosted, in 1950, they were runners up to Uruguay. It should be noted that no European team has won the World Cup on South American soil. Spain could be the team to break this cycle, after all, their 2010 win in South Africa is the first time a European team has won off of the continent of Europe.
Likewise, Germany has a strong team that will certainly challenge, as could the 2010 runners-up the Netherlands. Lionel Messi could finally end his international difficulties by leading Argentina, however, they will need to prove that they are more than just a group of individually talented players and start playing as a team.
There are still plenty of other quality nations playing this season including standouts like Uruguay and possible dark horse, Columbia.
Throughout the 2014 World Cup I will be brining my weekly predictions. You can also download this free printable World Cup Bracket to follow along with your own picks. Here are my predictions for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Runner-up – Mexico
Runner-up – the Netherlands
Group C: Winner – Colombia
Runner-up – Ivory Coast
Runner-up – Italy
Runner-up – Switzerland
Runner-up – Nigeria
Runner-up – Portugal
Group H: Winner – Belgium
Runner-up – Russia
Brazil v the Netherlands – Brazil advances
Colombia v Italy – Italy advances
Spain v Mexico – Spain advances
England v Ivory Coast – England advances
France v Nigeria – France advances
Germany v Russia – Germany advances
Argentina v Switzerland – Argentina advances
Belgium v Portugal – Portugal advances
Brazil v Spain – Brazil win
Spain v England – Spain win
France v Germany – Germany win
Argentina v Portugal – Argentina win
Brazil v Germany – Brazil win
Spain v Argentina – Spain win
Third Place match:
Germany v Argentina – Germany win
World Cup 2014 Final:
Brazil v Spain
World Cup 2014 winner: Brazil
Picking Brazil seems like an easy thing to do, but they are favorites for a reason. They are on home soil and are a very good team. While their Group isn’t the easiest in the tournament, it is one they should be able to navigate through. Still, to win the World Cup, they will need to overcome some very good teams. For now, they are the favorites and picking against them is a difficult thing to do.