- 06/06/2011, 11:11AM ET
Sabih said 06/06, 12:37 PM
My Pick: Brazil
Brazil is usually the perennial favorites to win the World Cup and why wouldn't they be. 5 titles to their name, always on or near the top in world rankings and alway. A very deep talent pool.
They have a lot of young talent coming up through the ranks including:
Pato (21 years old, Milan)
Neymar (19 years old, Santos)
Hulk (24 years old, Porto)
Ganso (21 years old, Santos)
David Luiz (24 years old, Chelsea)
Ramires (24 years old, Chelsea)
Secondly, Brazil is the host nation for the World Cup which historically has made a big difference. Of the 19 World Cups, 6 have been won by host nations. Aside from that, host nations have often performed well at the World Cup most notably Korea at the 02 World Cup.
(KMac) Lame Sauce said 06/07, 05:28 AM
My pick was deemed one of the most surprising of the 2010 World Cup. It also features the 2010 World Cup Golden Boot winner who was also named Best Young Player in the Cup.
My pick: GERMANY
The German national team was not only young, they were largely inexperienced. The young team benefited greatly from the veteran leadership of Miroslav Klose who has 14 World Cup goals, tied for second with Gerd Muller.
Speaking of Muller, let's talk about Thomas Muller who happens to be the 2010 World Cup Golden Boot winner as well as the Best Young Player in the Cup. With 5 goals and 3 assists at age 20 in the last world cup, he captured the hearts of German fans all over the world. Now he will be tasked to lead the Germans to the 2014 World Cup.
Let's look at Germany's young/prime talent:
Muller (21, Munich)
Jansen (25, Hamburger)
Ozil (22, Real Madrid)
Khedira (24, Real Madrid)
Boateng (22, Manchester City)
Gomez (25, Munich)
Hummels (22, Dortmund)
Let's take a look back at this German team that placed 3rd in 2010...
13 goals led all nations.
2 Germans made the all-star squad.
Golden Boot winner.
Tremendous young talent entering their prime.
MTC. Good Luck.
Sabih said 06/07, 12:31 PM
Another fact I would like to point, NO EUROPEAN nation has won the World Cup when its been been held in the Americas. There have been 7 of them (3 in North America, 4 in South). Last year, when Spain won, it was the first time a European nation won outside of Europe.
Sure records are meant to be broken. But this seems to be a trend. Brazil has won only once in Europe and that was in 1958. The rest of the World Cups in Europe have been won by European Nations.
On to the German team
The Germans are coming off an impressive showing @ the 2010 World Cup. Then again, they were also third place in 2006 and runners-up to Brazil in 2002.
Germany has more second place finishes (4) and third place (4) finishes than any one else. They always start off great but often have a bad game or simply run out of steam. (I have lost a lot of money on these guys)
It was a mental error that cost them the 2002 World Cup Finals against Brazil. It was inexperience (both at the international level and as a team) that hurt them in 2010.
(KMac) Lame Sauce said 06/07, 08:13 PM
Brazil has a talented team, no doubt, they always do... but let's take a look at their talent compared to the Germans... In doing my research I found something called the Castrol Performance Index, and it held some interesting information.
The Germans have 3 players in the top 20 players (#6 Ozil, #10 Hummels, and #11 Gomez), while the Brazilians only have 1 (at #14). That's tied for most in the top 20 with Argentina and Spain.
Let's look a little deeper into the talent pool of Germany. In 2010, they scored the most goals in the World Cup with 16, so we know they have a high powered offense, but what about their defense?
Hummels who is only 22 is the highest ranking defender in all of Euro football.
Lahm who is 27, is widely considered one of the best fullbacks in the world.
Boateng who is 22, is extremely versatile defender, playing center or full back.
For a defense in 2010 that held high flying Messi and the Argentines to 0 goals and the English to 1 goal, they're already looking to be a lot better.
I didn't even mention:
Gotz, 19- "one of the best talents we've ever had" according to the Director of the German team.
Sabih said 06/08, 01:26 PM
You really cannot use Germany's previous performance at the World Cup and say they will continue to build on the success.
In 2006, France and Italy make the finals. Next WC, they get bounced in the first round. Spain and Netherlands on the other hand went from being out before the quarters to making it to the Finals.
Also, Germany has better developed talent now but the World Cup is 3 years away. And that is where Brazil's focus is.
So you are going to see a lot more raw talent on the field as the selectors try to figure out the combination for 2014. Germany's players (like most European players) do get a lot more attention early on in their careers as they play in Europe.
To further illustrate my point NONE of the Brazilian players I mentioned are ranked in the top 400 in your rankings. Most of them are not even ranked. Neymar is expected to be one of the best players in the planet in the upcoming World Cup. The guy is not even ranked.
Why? Because they have played mostly in the Brazilian leagues. And those rankings only look at primarily performance in European leagues.
(KMac) Lame Sauce said 06/09, 06:32 AM
Yes I can use Germany's performance at the World Cup and use it for the next one. The reason France got the boot in the first round is due to the loss of Zidane and the fact that they revolted against their coach and refused to practice. Italy's players had just gotten too old to keep up with the young people they were playing against.
Germany has neither of those problems. They are young, extremely talented, and extremely dedicated to winning. I've already proven that they have lots of goal scorers and premier defenders, but there's still a couple things to discuss. Let's talk about the coach shall we?
Joachim L??w took over in 2006 and has been nothing short of a success. He has a 45-11-10 record as head coach with a 2nd place finish at Euro 2008 and a 3rd place finish in the 2010 World Cup. He has nurtured this team of young players to become the star athletes they are for their country. He has taken the talent they have and found a way to mesh them all together.
This young team already has success playing in Euro and in the World Cup together. They definitely have the skill to match up with anybody at the World Cup. I'm putting my money on Germany.
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