By Jackee Arce @knackeredwriter on June 11, 2014
The World Cup schedule is out, and it is now time for fans to look at how far their teams can get. Sure, they all want to believe their teams can make it, but who really stands a chance? There are a few teams that have an easier road than others, and it's no surprise that these are the top teams in the World Cup. Here are what I think are the five easiest roads to the final.
Portugal have a slim chance of winning its group, but they will move on from that stage. They will then face off against Belgium, which will be rough but manageable. If they can get through, Switzerland will be an easier team, and hopefully Portugal will feel less pressure. The hardest team on its road will be Spain in the semifinals. Luckily, a lot of Brazilians are familiar with their players, and they stand a solid chance.
Switzerland are often overlooked as a team, but they will easily beat their group. They will then have a breather and take on Bosnia and Herzegovina. Their first challenge will be facing Portugal in the quarterfinals. This is only if Portugal wins their group, which they may not. Then they will take on Brazil, which will be their hardest match in their road to the final.
Germany were drawn into the Group of Death, but it is truly called that for the other clubs. After beating competition in group, they will take a breather and face Russia. Switzerland may cruise into the quarterfinals, but Germany will bring their run to a crushing stop. Germany's first challenge of the tournament will be taking on Brazil. It will be rough but manageable, and an easy ride until then.
All the odds are in Brazil's favor. First, they have the advantage of playing in the own country, but they also were drawn into an easy group. They will then face off against Chile, who are not a threat to the home team. In the quarterfinals, they will face Uruguay. Brazil's final challenge will come from Germany, a tough team, but they still has a higher chance of winning.
Spain will win group without a doubt. They will then take on Croatia and Italy and beat them in a snap. The football gods shined on them by allowing them to the reach the semifinals without a challenge. Yes, Italy have Mario Balotelli, but Spain have the some of the best defenders in the world. Their first challenge will be Belgium, but they will break it down after being in rhythm from playing for weeks.
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