5 Reasons Why Brazil Will Win the 2014 World Cup

5 Reasons Why Brazil Will Win the 2014 World Cup

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In a month Brazil will host the 2014 World Cup, and they enter the tournament as one of the biggest favorites to emerge as champions. Nothing comes easy in the World Cup, but the Brazilians have the talent to get the job done. They face expectations of championship or failure, and the pressure is all on them. However, this Brazil team has what it takes, and these are five reasons they will win the World Cup.

5. Turmoil in Their Country

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5. Turmoil in Their Country

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Brazil is a country in turmoil, with civil unrest and violent protests threatening to overshadow the World Cup. This will be a huge story throughout the Cup, and this is more than just a game to this nation. Supporting the national team has the potential to unify the country, and the players know it. They have a chance to use sport to heal their homeland, and although that kind of pressure can crush a team, I believe Brazil will rise to meet it.

4. Sturdy Defending

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4. Sturdy Defending

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Many Brazilian defenders are better known for their ability to get forward than actually, you know, defend, and while Marcelo, David Luiz and Dani Alves are no exception, Brazil still has plenty of strong defenders. Thiago Silva is the best center half in the world, and midfielders like Paulinho and Luiz Gustavo know how to provide support. As long as everyone does their part, Brazil will not be easy to score on.

3. Luiz Felipe Scolari

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3. Luiz Felipe Scolari

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Scolari is trying to become only the second coach ever to win two World Cups, and the fact that he has already won before gives Brazil an invaluable experience edge. He chose a relatively young team, and Scolari will need to keep his players focused on the task at hand. Scolari already led this team to the Confederations Cup win last year, now he needs to repeat that performance on the biggest stage.

2. Homefield Advantage

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2. Homefield Advantage

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Perhaps no fans in the world are more passionate than Brazil’s and every game they play will be in front of a deafening crowd that gives Brazil an immediate advantage. The Brazilian climate this time of year can be a challenge for many as well, and teams from cooler countries could have some difficulties. Finally, a reasonable schedule rounds out the advantages Brazil enjoys as host, and all of these factors will play a role.

1. Neymar

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1. Neymar

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The 22 year old Neymar is universally regarded as the best young player in the world, the most talented Brazilian since Ronaldinho, and possibly the ever elusive “next Pele”. If Brazil wins this tournament, it will be through Neymar’s true emergence as one of the greatest players in the world. There is plenty of talent to support him, but individual brilliance is crucial. His gifts are immeasurable, now he must use them to lead his team to glory.

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