There is no doubting the fact that European heavyweights Spain and Germany have the best teams on paper. The FIFA World Cup has been heavily dominated by European teams in the last two editions, with all European finals in both.
Historically however, World Cups in South America do not hold the greatest of memories for European nations. South American sides have won all four World Cups in South America.
The home side won the World Cup in Uruguay 1930, Brazil 1950 was won by Uruguay again, Chile 1962 was won by Brazil and 1978 Argentina was won by the hosts.
While the top South American players mostly ply their trade in the financially rich environs of European football, they are also used to the South American conditions as well. On the other hand European players hardly have experience of playing in South America.
It might not be the most significant of factors. After all, the quality of the European teams may offset the disadvantage of the conditions, but the history seems to suggest otherwise.
Five-time winners Brazil will be chomping at the bit to win it for a sixth time on home soil. Inspired by Lionel Messi, Argentina will be motivated by the opportunity to rub it in to their eternal rivals by triumphing at the Maracana like Uruguay did in 1950.
Talking about Uruguay, they have a pretty handy squad and any side consisting of Edinson Cavani, Diego Forlan and the irrepressibly brilliant Luis Suarez in attack is bound to be a threat.
All in all, European sides might have a tough task on their hands to stop another South American victory in a South American World Cup.