World cup history is full of incredible matches, fierce rivalries and great moments. The greatest sporting event on the planet will once again mesmerize football fans across the world. Thirty two nations will give absolute all to cement their place in the World Cup hall of fame, but only one will succeed. With just a few months to go until the opening game, pundits and fans are tirelessly analyzing every team and player, with Brazil, Spain and group of death being the main talking points.
In the midst of all opinions, facts and numbers, the bigger picture is overlooked by the majority of football aficionados, but I’m sure the most devoted World Cup supporters are already asking this question. Can a European nation finally win on Russian soil? All six previous attempts have been futile, and this one is shaping towards the same conclusion if you believe the hype surrounding Brazilian national team. Sure, they’ve been sublime in the Confederations Cup, but World Cup will be a much tougher test with tremendous amounts of pressure to succeed.
Early signs are looking good for Europeans. Besides outnumbering the South American nations, the likes of Spain, Germany and even Italy possess sufficient weapons to prevail against Brazil, Argentina Uruguay or Colombia; and if you add Portugal, Netherlands and France to the equation and the ice could finally be broken. Let’s perform a quick analysis and see how a European nation can win the world cup.
The main weakness of South America is Uruguay. Yes, they have a phenomenal strike in Luis Suarez, but their qualifying campaign has been abysmal. They nearly missed out on the World Cup and had to cruise past a helpless Jordan in the playoff matches. Uruguay is not certain to emerge from their group of death, but even if they do, a potential encounter with Germany or Spain will spell an end to their adventure.
Colombia is the dark horse of the competition. They boost deadly striker force in Radamel Falcao and Jackson Ramirez, but are too inexperienced for such a big occasion. They may cause an upset, but not a string of big wins.
Argentina has a much better squad than both Uruguay and Colombia. They are amongst the favourites due to the sheer talent of their players, but this is the case in every World Cup, yet La Albiceleste have failed to deliver on every occasion. Smart gamblers would certainly put their money on Spain and Germany against the Messi and Co.
Brazil is the biggest obstacle for European Nations to win the trophy. They’ve already demolished Spain in the Confiderations Cup and set themselves as the main favourites to claim the World Cup, but a tactical astute German team, and even a more motived Spain could pose them serious troubles. Philippe Scolari may be a shrewd tactician, but his team has enough weakness to be exposed, particularly the lack of quality strikers.
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