Category Archive: Top Contenders

The battle at the top heats up with atleast 6 teams fighting for the top 2 spots

Jun 11

Brazil Croatia preview: Kovac needs to adjust Vukojevic amidst his stars in midfield

  A clash between Brazil and Croatia might not resonate on the same notes as the opening clashes in other group doe: Spain-Netherlands, Italy-England or Germany-Portugal. But this opening clash of the World cup at Sao Paulo should be enough to justify that Brazil are indeed not in the easiest of groups. Scholari’s squad might …

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Jun 10

Can Jogi Loew’s exciting squad overcome the semifinal syndrome? An Analysis of Die Mannschaft

Die Mannschaft will start their World Cup campaign as the 3rd favorites behind Brazil and Spain according to the bookmakers. Having won the tournament thrice in 17 attempts, the Germans stand third in all time table of World Cup wins. But, their record of 12 semifinals in 17 tournaments is an unparalleled achievement. Only Brazil …

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Jun 05

Scolari’s craving for midfield balance in an All-Round squad: An analysis of The Seleção

With probably one of the best all-round squads among the 32 teams, The Seleção are truly the overwhelming favorites to lift the World Cup, while Spain and Germany remain 2nd and 3rd choice for the bookmakers. Brazil hold the record as the only team to take part in all the World Cups since its inception in …

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Jun 03

Can Prandelli’s 3-5-2 reign supreme in Brazil? An Analysis of the Azzuri

The 2012 Euro finalists land in Brazil as 25/1 favorites to win the World Cup behind Colombia, England, France and Belgium. In short, they are 9th in the list of title contenders, and for someone who bulldozed the likes of Germany two years back, that is a pretty mundane backing from the betting community. Cesare …

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