World Cup Winner 2014
This entry was posted on Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Whilst the hype around the England football team may not be at an all time high, it’s certainly bubbling nicely as the country sets itself to get behind ‘Woy’s Boyz’ as they ready themselves for battle in Brazil. England have of course only won the World Cup on one occasion and nobody seems to give them a chance of making it two. So who is going to win? Here are our three rules for backing the World Cup Winner.
Whilst Greece shocked the world by winning Euro 2004, no side has managed to create such a shock on the World Stage. The last eleven tournaments have been won by Spain (once), Italy (once), Brazil (three times), France (once), West Germany (twice) and Argentina (twice). All of these countries coming from well established football nations. The World Cup may have a similar number of entrants to the Grand National but it’s not one for backing an outsider.
Don’t back a European side. No European nation has ever managed to record a World Cup success in any continent besides Europe and there’s no reason to think that’s about to change. Germany at 6/1 with Bet365 are Europe’s favourites, but we wouldn’t want to put our cash on it right now. The South Americans will surely take to the climate far easier and will be rewarded on the pitch.
The last time the World Cup was played in South America, the hosts (Argentina) won it back in 1978 and you’d have to be a brave man to bet against favourites Brazil lifting the trophy in five weeks time. Home advantage has always been an important factor – look no further than the extraordinary run to the Semi-Finals made by South Korea in 2002. Brazil may be priced at just 3/1 with Ladbrokes but they really do look the team to beat.