Get Ready for a Month of World Cup FeverPublished June 11, 2014 by OCR Editor
Germany and Spain are Europe's powerhouses, but can they compete against Brazil and Argentina?
If you're a football fan and to be honest, even if you're not, June 12 sees the beginning of a magical month ahead as the World Cup in Brazil kicks off. The top teams on the planet will do battle to decide who will be crowned world champions on 13 July in Rio de Janeiro.
South American Powerhouses
There is plenty to look forward to. Hosts Brazil will be expected to make a real challenge on home soil, with their hopes pinned largely on Barcelona forward Neymar and a strong back four. Meanwhile, their arch-rivals and neighbours Argentina will also have high hopes of success. They are captained by the world's best player, Lionel Messi, who forms part of an exciting "fab four", which also includes Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Aguero.
European hopes will be pinned on current world champions Spain and also Germany. Spain still feature many of the victorious stars from four years ago, including midfield maestros Andres Iniesta and Xavi. Meanwhile, Germany are as solid as ever and have a wealth of attacking talent including Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller.
World Cup Sports Betting
These are the four favourites to win the tournament. You can find great odds on all of them at William Hill Sports, where you will also discover a whole range of exciting, alternative markets. Neymar, Messi and Muller will likely feature as favourites to be the World Cup's top goal scorer. Keep an eye out too though for Italy hot shot Mario Balotelli and Holland's Robin van Persie.