Brazil World Cup 2014 – A Guide and Introduction to the Football Extravaganza

A World Cup finals being held in football mad Brazil – it doesn’t really get better than that.

From the moment the mesmerising Andreas Iniesta smashed home Spain’s only goal in the 1-0 victory over the Netherlands, the focus and betting angles turned towards Brazil in 2014. Well, four years on, doesn’t time fly, and it’s coming into view.

Bookmakers are expecting record to tumble in terms of the amount of money being traded on the event. It’s expected to be the biggest sporting betting event in history.

The hosts are leading the market, and have been widely tipped for glory at 7/2 with William Hill. In 19 previous World Cups, the host nation has triumphed six times.

The level of expectancy on Brazil’s shoulders to deliver their sixth world cup success, this time on home soil, is reaching ridiculous levels. Imagine the pressure on England to perform well if the World Cup ever came to these shores and then multiply that by 100. Brazil are a football mad nation and it will be a huge blow to the country if their football team don’t win the tournament. All the pressure is on former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.

The hosts playing a World Cup on home turf for the first time since 1978. This is a huge factor in the way they have been installed as market leaders for the tournament. Temperatures are going to be high but Brazil’s players will be used to the climate and that is a huge advantage over their European rivals.

Brazil, as a team, have improved immeasurably since the 2010 World Cup. They were eliminated by the Netherlands with a whimper but slowly but surely momentum is building for a crack at the biggest prize in football.

An excellent victory at the Confederations Cup, where they beat World Champions Spain 3-0 in the final showed the nation just how far they’ve come in the last four years. Everything isn’t perfect, but Scolari has, at least, found a base and a platform to work with as he tries to build a side capable of World Cup success. The likes of Neymar, Oscar and Lucas Moura are the attacking spark that will grab them the goals but where this Brazil side flourishes is at the back. Brazil have historically produced a surplus of attackers, however their defenders in this era are the real stars. Thiago Silva and David Luiz are a formidable combination in the heart of the defensive and play with class but also with a mental strength that makes them hard to beat. Punters that take the 7/2 will be hoping their ability to keep clean sheets can send them to World Cup glory.

Despite not winning any senior international tournament since the 1993 Copa America, Argentina, who are 5/1 with William Hill, always are among the front runners for a World Cup, especially one which is being played in their back yard.

One of Argentina’s problems over the last ten years has been finding the back-up and base to allow Lionel Messi to prosper. They may have finally found it. Qualifying has gone spectacularly well and the 5/1 has been popular.

Many feel this is the time where Germany, who can be backed at 5/1 with Bet365, fulfil their potential on the world stage. Players like Marco Reus and Mario Götze are developing into world beaters and fit into the already exciting squad with real excitement.

And who can forget the holders and winners of the last three major competitions they’ve entered – Spain. The 11/2 about their chances is perhaps a bit of an insult to a side that still has quality in abundance and knows how to win international matches