5 Traditional Powerhouses that will survive the Knockout Round
The title alludes to teams that will make it to the quarterfinals and out of the round of 16. Everyone is trying to identify the Cinderella nation, but the final eight should be many of the nations with a rich history. The final four should also come out of this group of five.
Italy's performance in the 2010 World Cup was unusual. It came down to several issues with their defense. Not all of those have gone away, but their ability to score can take them to the quarterfinals. In the last 11 competitions, Italy has finished in the top five seven times.
If your nation has Messi then you have a chance to make it a long way in the World Cup. They have been knocking on the door of the semifinals for the last two competitions as they look to win their third World Cup.
Brazil is the favorite to win the World Cup on their home soil. To find a finish higher than 10th you would have to go back to 1966 when they finished 11th. They should have no trouble getting to the quarterfinals.
Germany is coming off two third and one second place in the last three competitions. They have never finished worse than 10th and that was 1938. They have the best midfield in the competition, which will lead them to the top of the group of death and set up a great matchup in the round of 16.
Spain has only won one World Cup, but they are the defending champions. However, they have a great track record in the European Championships and Confederations Cup in recent years. Spain can never be counted out.