Can Brazil win the world cup on home soil? (©GettyImages)
Can Brazil win the world cup on home soil? (©GettyImages).

The Road To Rio: Brazil

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In this series of articles I will be examining each of this year's World Cup competitors and make a guess at their performance at the South American showpiece. From Honduras to Brazil I will break down each nation and predict their fate at the biggest show of them all.

There is no better way to start than Brazil, so how will the host nation perform under the intense pressure of knowing that nothing less than victory will do?

The five time champions will be looking to prove to the world that they are the best as they fight against some of the top teams in the world. 

But how will they cope in a tough group with the likes of Mexico and Croatia?

Croatia have been known to cause teams problems at major tournaments such as Euro 2012, where they drew with Italy and caused Spain plenty of problems, only losing 1-0 to the World and European champions. 

With some well known names in the world of football in the squad such as Luka Modric from Real Madrid, Dejan Lovren from Southampton and prolific goalscorer Mario Mandžukić from Bayern Munich. 

Mexico also may stop Brazil's charge, as they look to rebound from a disappointing Confederations Cup campaign.

Cameroon have also been known to cause some problems for big teams at major tournaments and with some well experienced players such as Chelsea front-man Samuel Eto'o they should not be written off.

Although these teams may put up a fight against Brazil I don't see it being much of a problem for the hosts to top Group A and move on to the last 16 in buoyant mood.

In fact with a tightly-knit squad led by Luiz Felipe Scolari I believe Brazil could go all the way, if they perform to their maximum and get a little luck along the way.

With players like Neymar, who will in my opinion shine at this year's tournament, Thiago Silva, Dani Alves and Oscar they not only have a strong squad  with some of the biggest names in world football and have no glaring weaknesses in any position.

Also with home advantage on their side and a nation full of frenzied fans who absolutely adore the national team and football in general it is even more of a reason to believe that they can win this years world cup. 

I see many European teams struggle to cope with conditions in Brazil and this may prove a deciding factor when filtering the winners and the losers at this years tournament. 

The question remains though, with Spain still a major factor in world football can Brazil beat the current champions? Yes I think they can and we saw what they can do at last year's Confederations Cup.

Granted it is a completely different tournament with higher stakes, but i think this is where Brazil will rise to the occasion and beat any team that stand in there way to World Cup glory.

Predicted finish: Winners.

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