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5 Reasons Why Italy Will Hoist the World Cup in 2014

Reasons Italy Will Win 2014 World Cup

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Italy is known as being one of Europe's best teams; it is ranked eighth in FIFA ranking below other European greats like Portugal and Germany. The 2014 World Cup won't come easy for it, but I think it has a high possibility of bringing the cup home. Players like Gianluigi Buffon and Mario Balotelli will definitely help it accomplish this feat.

5. It Has Won It All 4 Times

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5. It Has Won It All 4 Times

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Italy has won the World Cup four times with the last time being as recent as 2006, which was only the tournament before last time. That's an incredible record, and I'm sure it is ready to add another cup to its case. Its players are only getting better.

4. Confidence

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4. Confidence

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Having confidence going into the World Cup is hard because teams know they are going up against the very best in the world. This doesn't stop Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli believing his team can beat the best. Hopefully all the players are just as confident.

3. Group Stage Opponents

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3. Group Stage Opponents

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Although Uruguay, Costa Rica and England are good teams, none of them are a colossal threat to Italy. They are all level or below Italy's ability, and I think getting out of group stage will be a good practice for Italy as all teams will be playing their best.

2. 2012 Euro Cup Finalist

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2. 2012 Euro Cup Finalist

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In 2012, Italy was runner-up in the European Championship only losing against defending World Cup champions Spain. It was a great run where it was able to beat England and Germany. It is still considered one of the best teams in Europe.

1. Mario Balotelli

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1. Mario Balotelli

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Balotelli is famous for his theatrics on the pitch, but he is also well-known for his attacking skills. It is crazy to think about how at 23 years old he is able to be such a powerful player on the pitch. Hopefully, he will use that energy and passion for good and score more goals than receive dissent-related yellow cards.