So we have now just gone past the half way point in what has been a thoroughly entertaining World Cup, which only looks like getting better and better.
There have been huge shocks with Spain and Italy already crashing out, along with the utter heartbreak and frustration of a disappointing campaign for England and of course another quite outrageous biting incident involving Luis Suarez.
With the group stages out of the way, the business stage of the World Cup is upon us, but the one question that is now playing on everybody's mind even more than it was before, is who will go all the way and be crowed champions.
Who has performed best?
There is no one team that have shown themselves to be the best so far. The Netherlands have surpassed everybody's expectations with their tactical nous and clinical finishing but to say they are the best team may be a stretch at this point. They are most certainly the best prepared as they answered all the questions asked of them and with some style.
Messi's magic has lit up Argentina's chances but there is still a question mark surrounding them, especially their defence as they seemed to struggle against the lesser teams in their group, and with Sergio Aguero now ruled out they will need to rely on Messi even more.
The much fancied Germany have shown only a little sign of weakness but will no doubt be strong contenders with arguably the most solid defensive unit out of all the teams.
The exciting forces of Belgium and Columbia have also thoroughly impressed everybody but their quality will now be sternly tested, as they will want to prove they can beat the very best.
Brazil support having more influence
With all that said, the hosts Brazil - who have always been one of the favourites and for good reason - have started to show significant signs of improvement from their shaky start against Croatia with Neymar living up to his expectation.
You would be foolish to think that Brazil weren't strong contenders, as even before the tournament commenced, the whole world knew that the support of a country obsessed with Football behind them, will play a huge factor.
The key ingredients for Brazil to win their 6th World Cup in their own backyard are all there. Golden boy Neymar is handling the enormous pressure on him very well by already scoring four goals and with this, the whole team are improving by thriving on the passion of their supporters.
Luiz Felipe Scolari has a wealth of attacking talent at his disposal, probably the best in the world, with the threat of scoring at any moment. Most people will expect them to beat Chile tomorrow night and if they do, their momentum will only grown stronger. They are not clear favourites, however there is a strong sense it will take something special to knock them out.
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