Spain have won the previous three major championships, and will be one of the favourites for the 2014 World Cup.

But who realistically can dethrone the World and double European champions next year in Brazil?

Brazil

Everyone who knows anything about football will be able to tell you that home advantage can be a determining factor in World Cups. 

South Korea reaching the semi-final's in 2000 and England winning the tournament in 1966 are just two examples of the advantage of playing at home can have. 

Brazil also have one of the world's greatest talents at their disposal. In Neymar, Brazil have a player who will undoubtedly view the tournament as an opportunity to truly raise him to the heights of Messi and Ronaldo.

Germany

Germany are my personal favourites to win in Brazil, despite no European side ever having won the competition on South American soil.

Having fallen short in semi-final for two World Cups running, I believe their youngsters have finally come of age to take the gold. German football now is radically different to the regimented and almost mechanic style of play we automatically associate with German football. 

The likes of Ozil, Gotze, Reus and Khedira have with them a youthfulness and vibrancy that very few defences can deal with, and in Neur and Hummels they have a forward thinking defensive basis from which to launch their attacks.

Argentina

Very few would doubt that in Messi, Aguero, Tevez, Lavezzi and Higuaín Argentina are the most formidable attacking sides in the world. To have one generation filled with so much attacking talent and so little defensive prowess is rare. 

Argentina are suspect at best at the back, and very few coaches are able to find a balance between the two. Argentina often excite us at the beginning of tournaments and then fizzle out when faced with real quality, I’m afraid the same may happen again.

Wildcard 

If Belgium were ever to do well in any World Cup it would be this one. As never again will they have so much talent in one side. Hazard, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Fellaini, Dembele, Benteke, Mirallas, Kompany - these are all stars taking Europe's top divisions in their stride.  If Marc Wilmots is able to galvanise them as a team rather than a group of highly rated individuals I believe their capable of beating any side in the world.

 

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