Thursday, May 2, 2013

Germany Rises to Heavy Favorite for World Cup 2014

'Super' Mario Gomez of Bayern Munich/German Nat'l Team
After the 2013 UEFA Champions League semifinals, Germany has become the obvious choice to win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Typically, in world Soccer circles, the European countries get more adulation and favoritism among critics than the South American countries.  There are economical implications involved in this supposition, but mostly the reason for the European bias as a better overall quality of Soccer is because there are more talented club teams and leagues than in South American countries.

It is a debate that has been around for quite some time and will go on for many more decades.

In fact, the World Cup has only been won by European or South American countries.  Out of 19 total World Cups, European countries have won 10 times and South American countries have won nine times.  As for the runners-up, European countries also have the edge, 15-4.

In the latest FIFA world rankings of April/2013, there are seven European countries in the top 10 and 13 of the top 20.  South America has three in the top 10 and five of the top 20.  Only Mexico and the Ivory Coast are in the top 20 from outside of South America or Europe.  The next rankings are due to be released May 9th.

In Europe, Germany is a dominant country now in Soccer.  Their two best clubs, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, will play for the Champions League title after dispatching the two best clubs from Spain, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Germany's power grab over Spain in this year's Champions League is significant because it marks a changing of the guard of sorts.

Spain not only won the last World Cup in 2010, but surrounded the title with two European championships in 2008 and 2012.  In the last two European championships, Germany was a finalist and semi-finalist.

Germany has been building new momentum for some time in the Soccer world.  Bayern Munich was also a finalist in last year's Champions League and in 2010.

The players getting paid the most by these Champions League teams, such as Messi, Ronaldo, Ribery or Robben may not be from the home country of their respective club teams, but most of the players are from the home country of their respective clubs.

In World Cup qualifying, Germany leads its group by a bigger margin than any other leader of a European group.

In Europe, Germany appears to be the leader of the pack.  The club teams and national team are trending up with the World Cup right around the corner.

4 comments:

  1. This is just silly. Playing at home Brazil are the clear favorite. Germany, Spain and Argentina could all win for sure, but there is only one team to beat and it's Brazil.

    Sure Germany has best club teams right now, but that's not so important. Dutch and French clubs are never as good as the big 4 in Europe, but they are countries to be respected as well in international competition.

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  2. I'm not so sure. After watching the UEFA Champions League Final, there are something like 10 German International Starters playing for Bayern and Dortmund. That was an exciting match with two super-athletic and dominating teams. I believe the level of athleticism of the Germans will be telling, especially at the World Cup level. Brazil has not shown the same capacity to deliver in recent years. I think you have to see the Germans as HEAVY HEAVY favorites.

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