World Cup: How do the hosts usually fair? (1)

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When the FIFA World Cup arrives in Brazil next summer it will be the second time the South American nation have played host to football's biggest tournament.

But, does playing host to FIFA's showpiece event improve a team's chances of getting their hands on the prize at the end of the tournament?

The last time the host nation lifted the famous trophy was in 1998, when a France team containing the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Laurent Blanc and Fabien Barthez claimed World Cup gold.

Here, GMS Academy member, Thomas Hember, takes a look at the previous four hosts and analyses whether or not hosting the tournament improved their performance.

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