|4 years of waiting: The World Cup is almost upon us. 2 weeks.|
In this post, I am going to be analysising the host nation Brazil, who will be hoping to win the World Cup on home soil. Also, I will be previewing the German side, who have not won the World Cup since 1990 and despite having a strong squad, finished 3rd place in South Africa, 2010.
This is the first installment of my official preview to the biggest and best international tournament in the world, which is set to start on the 12th of June.
Ok, so without further ado - here we go:
|No pressure? Neymar stars in Brazil's World Cup poster - he is important for success|
|Time to get to work: Brazil have started training as a team, with 2 weeks to go until the start.|
|Brazil are the favourites to win, being managed by former Chelsea manager Luis Felipe Scolari.|
FACT: The previous four World Cups that were staged in South America were ALL won by South American teams.
Neymar in attack and Thiago Silva in defence will be an integral part for the side's success, they are being hotly tipped as the favourites based on the fact that they are hungry to beat the rest and eager to prove to the world that they are the best.
Having dominated and won the Confederations Cup back in 2013, could it be a sign of things to come starting in a fortnight? Beating the current world champions Spain in the final this time last year could hint at future success for Brazil, but can they do it?
This is Brazil's group:
Group A -
Brazil, Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon.
Would be a major upset if Brazil failed to progress through the group stages against weaker sides with some good individual players. Croatia have the likes of Mandzukic, Rakitic and Modric while Mexico boast Hernandez and Giovani Dos Santos; Cameroon have Eto'o and M'Bia.
The last form of defence, Brazil's number 1 goalkeeper will be expected to keep his side in must-win matches throughout the tournament and not make any crucial mistakes.
|Cesar will be hoping that he can lead Brazil to World Cup glory in the coming month and a half|
The defensive rocks of midfield, both midfielders boast having ability in both going forward and defending for their team.
They will be important for the Brazillians, without them there is no real bite in the midfield, meaning that the opposition can break them down easily. Gustavo and Fernandinho are also relatively quick, which is a disadvantage for their opponents. Ramires also qualifies for this spot in the team.
The creative spark in the midfield, the Chelsea duo will also play an important part in Brazil's counter attacking football at the World Cup.
Their main job will be to create attacks from the midfield, switch the play onto the wings and feed through balls to Neymar up-top, who will then be expected to score from.
No pressure there then.
|Big guns: Germany's poster includes Ozil, Lahm and Schweinsteiger - can they finally win it?|
FACT: Germany last won the World Cup in 1990, 24 years ago
To get to a World Cup semi-final is a huge feat, but people only remember the winners ultimately, and Germany will be equally bullish about their chances this year.
FACT: Germany finished in third place in back-to-back World Cups, 2006 and 2010 - the only country to do that in history.
They have talent across the pitch, which is why they are one of the favourites to go all the way in this summer's tournament. The question for them is whether they can hold their nerve and do better than they have recently, despite having a great team. Will the lack of clear strikers come back to haunt them?
This is Germany's group:
Group G -
Germany, Portugal, Ghana and United States
Not a particularly easy group, but still a group that Germany need to dominate if they are going to have any confidence going into the knock-out stages (provided they get there).
Portugal will be the favourites to get out of the group along with Germany, unless Ghana can conjure up another cheeky surprise like they did in 2010 and shock the bigger teams. The United States have a solid team, but their opposition looks on paper to be too strong for them to compete, but who knows?