Every football fan is looking forward to the World Cup this summer, and it all kicks off on 12 June. Unless you're a cynic of course, and you don't think England will get out of the group stage.
If you're an optimist, then you may label the Three Lions as potential victors, but holders Spain, Netherlands and ever present Germany will have a lot to say about that.
Spain have won their last three major tournaments. Germany have produced a fantastic array of talent over the last few years and are sure to be up there come the business end of the tournament. Holland made the final last time, whilst hosts Brazil will be a lot of people's favourites with great form and an insurmountable support and colour. But who, or what, has the edge?
Experience would be an obvious answer on the world stage. Spain given their recent record in major competitions would seemingly have the advantage here, but Brazil and Germany are also more than equipped here. If it were to come down between these sides, it may just be a case of who plays better on the day.
Nerves you could argue come with experience of how to handle them. This is not necessarily the case however, as every player will tell you, there are always nerves no matter how many times you have played in the big games. Again, this is a factor that will come down to a matter on the day.
One thing you can affect though, is squad depth. This will most definitely give you an advantage if you have a lot of talent at your disposal. Every manager will bring 23 players with him and have another seven on standby, but the talent of those players will be pivotal if you wish to enjoy a successful campaign.
Belgium have a wonderful team, but this is where they may suffer compared to the big sides in the contest.
The individual. This is not something you can teach. Raw, natural talent is key to winning and can come down to one moment, one piece of magic. It could turn out to be coolness for a penalty or the reading of a defence splitting pass that no one else sees. Brazil are known for producing these pieces of exquisite ability, and it could be their time yet again.
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