The draw for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was held on Friday December 6, 2013. Players and fans alike were finally able to see the match-ups for the finals in Brazil. Some big name teams (Argentina, Brazil, Spain,) would have been pleased with the draw, while others (England, USA) were left cursing their luck. While there is no clear Group of Death as in previous tournaments, two groups immediately caught my attention. Group D and Group G. Personally I think Group D is the tougher of the two groups. Some people think it’s Group G. I guess we will have to wait until June 2014 to find out.
Predicting a tournament of this magnitude is never easy, especially this time around when there are so many improved teams. Belgium, Colombia, Switzerland and Uruguay immediately comes to mind. Don’t be surprised if you see one of these teams in the Semi-Finals. More importantly, don’t be surprised if you see a really big name team going out in the Second Round (See prediction below).
All in all,the tournament in Brazil should be one of the better ones in recent history.
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Go ahead and check out my predictions for the tournament below. If you are a betting person, you can use these predictions as you see fit (at your own risk).
I would also appreciate your feedback on my predictions.
CORRECTIONS – updated December 18,2013
It has come to my attention that there were some genuine mistakes with some of the group placings for my predictions. These mistakes don’t affect the final overall predictions,just the order of the respective teams in their groups. See corrections below;
- Côte d’Ivoire
- Costa Rica
- United States
- Korea Republic
Golden Ball (Best Player) – Lionel Messi
Golden Boot (Top Scorer) – Sergio Aguero