One Sentence World Cup Predictions

Who will lift the World Cup at the Maracana Stadium next month?

Who will lift the World Cup at the Maracana Stadium next month?

After four years of waiting, the day has finally come. Brazil 2014 kicks off tonight with the hosts taking on Croatia in Sao Paulo, which makes today the perfect time for Fred Stanley Sport to offer our predictions for the upcoming tournament. To keep things as simple as possible we’ll list the teams in order of finishing position in each group, with a one sentence recap of their chances in the competition. We’ll also predict the semi-finalists and finalists, plus offer a one sentence take on who will take home the much coveted Golden Boot. After reading what we have to say make sure you’re opinion is heard by commenting, tweeting (@fredjstanley) and voting in our poll. Happy World Cup day!

Group A

Brazil

Confederations Cup winners to shine on home soil, led by wonder-kid Neymar.

Mexico

Familiarity with conditions and good showing four years ago should be enough to help Central American’s edge through.

Croatia

Modric aside, a team on the decline following brief ‘golden era’ under Slavan Bilic.

Cameroon

Not much going on here besides an aging Eto’o and forgotten man Alex Song.

Group B

Spain

Not the force of four years ago but still stocked with an envious array of world class midfielders.

Chile

Tournament dark horses led by Sanchez and Vidal could prosper on home continent.

Netherlands

Handed difficult group Van Gaal’s men will struggle to replicate final appearance from South Africa.

Australia

After a strong cricketing winter could be on the receiving end of a 5-0 scoreline in this group from hell.

Group C

Colombia

Even without Falcao the South American’s could top a relatively easy group.

Japan

Stocked with flamboyant play-makers, should be able to retain possession better than people think in the Brazilian heat.

Ivory Coast

Missed their chance four years ago with Drogba, Kolo Toure and Eboue very much past their peak.

Greece

No repeat of 2004 for this disciplined yet toothless band of aging troops.

Group D

Uruguay

If Suarez is fit then they could be potential finalists should the back four hold up its end of the bargain.

England

Low expectations for a change but still a solid squad with plenty of exciting attacking options.

Italy

Poor form in the build up and a lack of strike options beyond Balotelli could spell doom for 2006 winners.

Costa Rica

Handed a tough draw, little to no chance of picking up a point let alone progressing.

Group E

France

Minus RIbery, Benzema and Pogba to star for a very dangerous side.

Switzerland

Solid side with talented Shaqiri keen to put himself in shop window for big money move from Bayern.

Ecuador

Will battle it out with the Swiss but lack the same defensive resilience and solidarity.

Honduras

Even if Wilson Palacios had 10 brothers capable of playing football they’d struggle to make it out of the Group E cellar.

Group F

Argentina

Messi, Aguero, Higuain and Franco Di Santo make for a fearsome quartet of strikers (in ascending order).

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Premier League stars Begovic and Dzeko could help Bosnia burst onto international scene in their first World Cup.

Nigeria

If John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses are your best two players, you’re in trouble.

Iran

It’s unlikely that any Iranians will be snapped up by needy Premier League clubs after the tournament.

Group G

Portugal

If Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t get you, Helder Postiga will!

Germany

Efficient (and typically German) unit could struggle to score goals with Miroslav Klose nearing his 70th birthday (or something like that).

Ghana

Powerful African unit would qualify from a number of other groups.

USA

Not so powerful American unit would qualify from (maybe) a couple of other groups.

Group H

Belgium

Envious collection of talent has everything it needs on paper to seriously contend for the World Cup.

Russia

Like he did with England four years ago, Fabio Capello should be able to steer this squad to a dismal exit in the last 16.

South Korea

With Park Ji Sung now retired from international football PSY is probably the most famous South Korean – unfortunately he doesn’t look like much of a footballer.

Algeria

They couldn’t score against England in 2010 with Matthew Upson at centre back, which doesn’t bode well for any team.

Semi Finals

Brazil over Portugal

Spain over Argentina

Final

Spain over Brazil

Golden Boot

Lionel Messi

After taking advantage of an easy group, Messi could have the Golden Boot wrapped up before the knockout stages have even begun.

 

 

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