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Brazil lead the list of favourites for World Cup glory

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In just over two weeks, the biggest football tournament in the world kicks off in Sao Paolo Brazil, with the hosts opening against Croatia.

I am of course referring to the World Cup, and this year's is arguably the most open tournament of recent times. There are many nations in this year's tournament capable of victory, so I've narrowed it down to five countries who could lift the famous trophy come July 13.

Brazil

The hosts and five-time champions are clear favourites ahead of next month's tournament. With an array of world-class talent and a passionate home support, this year the trophy could be destined to be won by Luiz Felipe Scolari's men.

Brazil have many big names, such as Neymar, Oscar and Hulk going forward and outstanding defenders such as David Luiz, Dani Alves and Dante. However, this team are relatively inexperienced when it comes to the World Cup and could wilt under the huge expectation and pressure.

Can this hugely talented side turn potential into success?

Spain

The reigning European and World champions are without a doubt an outstanding team who seem to be the strongest challengers to Brazil. Their "tika-taka" style has worked very well in the past and is capable of breaking down teams with it's high intensity passing and moving.

However, teams now know how to play against sides like Spain. Brazil defeated them 3-0 in the Confederations Cup final and Bayern Munich's heavy 4-0 home defeat against Real Madrid last month in the Champions League showed that this style is dying within football. Unless Spain can come up with a plan B, they may struggle to compete at this year's football showpiece.

Argentina

The top scorers in qualifying with 35 goals, Argentina will go to Brazil with huge confidence and an array of attacking talent. Four-time World player of the year Lionel Messi is their main attacking threat, but if he is not firing, they can also rely on players such as Sergio Agüero, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel di Maria.

The main problem lies in the dressing room. Past World Cups have been overshadowed for Argentina by dressing room disputes and unhappiness between players and coaches. If they don't rid themselves of this plague, then the Argentines will not achieve their full potential. If they do, they could go far in Brazil.

Germany

The powerful Germans are once again strong contenders at this year's tournament. With just one defeat since August 2012 and an array of high quality talent in all areas of the pitch, Joachim Low's men will go to Brazil with high confidence levels and the expectation to go all the way.

However, like Brazil, Germany could well suffer from the demanding expectations set back home, with fans expecting to win and nothing less.

Italy

Slight outsiders for this tournament, I believe that the Azzuri could go far. The 2006 champions have a solid defence, while the exceptional Andrea Pirlo will sit in front of the back four with the aim of passing the team to victory.

However, the last World Cup was a humiliation for Italy,as they lost every match and crashed out at the group stages. If they can find their feet in a tough group and get through that then they could go far in this tournament, even though they may well have to face either Spain or Brazil in the quarter-finals.

So who do you think will win the World Cup? Could it be one of these five teams, or someone else with nations such as Uruguay, Portugal, Belgium, France and the Netherlands all tipped to do well?

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