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FIFA World Cup
What makes Brazil a strong favourite for FIFA World Cup 2014?
Even before the FIFA World Cup has kick-started, the host nation, Brazil has been looked upon as favourites to win the title, which they won last in 2002. Their track record in FIFA World Cup has been amazing, where they have won the elusive competition five times till date. Many experts and betting sites have provided them with the favourites tag to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup in their own backyard.
But, the way ahead for Samba boys is not going to be an easy one, where they need to be in top form if they are to clinch the title. Teams such as Argentina, Italy, France, Uruguay, England are always considered serious contenders and they would not allow Brazil to dictate terms, though the entire stadium might turn out to be 'yellow sea' and make task tougher for the opponents.

It is their team squad, which possess great players, which makes them a strong favourite apart from the home advantage that these players can enjoy to lift the title. Let us look at the possible reasons as to what makes Brazil an immediate favourite.

Strong squad

The Brazilian team have all the areas covered, as they have brilliant individual players in the offensive, defensive area along with creative midfielders and a reliable goalie.

The fortunes of the nation to a large extent depends on the performance of Neymar, who is expected to glitter in their bright yellow jersey. The player is good with his free kicks, assists, dribbling skills and has all the ingredient, which defenders fear the most. But, it would be a mistake if Brazil's opponents in the world cup only focuses on Neymar, as there are a host number of players for Brazil, who are brilliant, if not as dangerous as Neymar.

Players such as Oscar, Fred, Hulk are names, which instills fear amongst defenders. Oscar's creativity mixed with Fred's brilliance and Hulk's power can only help the Brazilian team. These players are backed brilliantly by Paulinho and Fernandinho, who give their offensive players the license to play their natural game - attack.

In Marcelo, Luiz, Thiago Silva and Dani Alves, they might have one of the best defensive line up, where these defenders have the much needed experience to play under huge pressure. These players are not new to pressure, especially with the clubs that they represent.

On the contrary, their goalie, Julio Cesar might not play for a huge football club, unlike the rest of his team mates, but he still looks fit and fine to stand tall as Brazil's goalie. Many pundits had even thrown the towel to Cesar, but his performance was taken note and hence remains to be no 1 goalie for Brazil.

Being a host nation, an added advantage

Expect football fans in Brazil to come out dancing in tunes to the samba music and support their national side. The atmosphere inside the stadium could be a new experience for many players outside South America, who might not be aware of such carnival type atmosphere, which the Brazilians master.

Heat and Humidity are going to be a major challenge for primarily all the teams in the competition, barring Brazil, as their players have been acquainted to these conditions. If proper care is not given to the players' fitness and body, they might not be able to cope with the situation and fall sick, leading them to miss a match. Imagine Messi missing the finals of the competition.

Some teams like Spain have already experienced the heat, when they played in the FIFA confederations cup, so they must be mentally prepared to come and play in the scorching heat.

Luiz Felipe Scolari

Felipe Scolari has managed a number of top Brazilian clubs, which establishes his understanding of Brazilian football and their psyche. He may not be liked by all and sundry for his tactical approaches and team selections, but what matters is results and he primarily has the last laugh.

He is one of the most experienced managers in world football as well and knows what it takes to win important tournaments, which can be justified with the way he initially helped Kuwait win the Gulf Cup of Nations in 1990. It was under his managership role that Portugal finished runners-up in 2004 Euro Cup along with fourth place in 2006 World Cup.

More importantly, Scolari is widely remembered for helping Brazil win the 2002 World Cup and recently FIFA Confederations Cup 2013.

These facts just increases the hopes of Brazilian fans that the manager would once again bring laurels to Brazil.

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