By Georges Muller
To Win On Home Ground Is A World Cup Challenge!
Within a few months, the 2014 World Cup will kick-off with the powerful World soccer squads. For instance, Brazil, as a host nation, will play on home soil, where they are deemed to be favorites to win the World Cup.
Is it easy to win a World Cup on the basis of playing on home ground? The answer is definitively "no". In reference to World Cup history, there have been only six times when World champions won on home ground; in this angle, Uruguay cruised over Brazil by bagging the World Cup in 1950, a World Cup final outing played in Brazil!
So far, Brazil had never won the World Cup playing on home soil. Will or can they, however, triumph over the Cup in 2014?
To respond to this question, one has to hesitate giving a clear answer because of the rarity that it has not happened rampantly in the history of the game, especially at World Cup level.
To win the Confederations on home soil, in effect, is different from the World Cup in that there are more strong squads to defeat in order to get to either a decisive quarterfinal or a semi-final.
In addition, German shined over the World Cup on home ground in 1974, as well France in 1998. While home soil may have the advantage of fans screaming to prod the players, it takes a determined squad with pure skippers to clinch a World Cup. To this reality, the German squad had been the magnificent finalists in the football world, and Germany may stun Brazil on home soil, not over-passing the Netherlands squad who played the 2010 final with Spain!
Other than this argument, there is a sudden relegation in World FIFA Ranking for Germany, which does not nullify the fact that Germany can perform to the level to win the Cup [in the same way Brazil crushed Spain in the Confederations being in 22nd spot]. Apart from this point, can Argentina, who are in 2nd spot ranking, roam to either a tough quarterfinal or a semi-final on Brazil's home ground?
To conclude this argument about winning on home soil, I have to suggest that there will a fierce contention in the World Cup, where one must watch for Netherlands and Germany to shine up to the semi-finals or be crowned the plausible 2014 World Cup winner!
By Georges Jean
The Wild World Cup Nations: Brazil, Germany, Uruguay, Argentina
Let's rhapsodize over what lies ahead playing in Brazil to win the 2014 World Cup. Since there are many factors that will fundamentally happen such as, the preparedness of security, fans going wild, unruly players who are greedy to make a point for their country, I will focus on the teams that I think will be quite hungry to snatch the World Cup in Brazil. In this decisive topic, I will relate my vantage arguments with regard to the Brazilian squad in terms of security, controlling and managing a Brazilian crowd that expects nothing but a win from the Brazilian squad at all price. Aside from that, I will hash to the willingness to deal with either success or defeat. Will Brazil be a team who can accept a taunting rout in their own backyard. This aspect of any World Cup in Brazil must be given this consideration because no team worth its salt would revel in being defeated on home soil, especially at the highest level of the game.
Keep in mind that I enthrall in regard to the most prized World Cup in recent years, a World Cup in a cherished football nation with the legends of the game such as, Ronaldo, O Fenomeno, Pele, and various veterans watching what Brazil will spotlight to win the Cup; not brushing aside the fans who may be enraged by the slightest Brazilian far-cry on the pitch, it will be the World Cup to eye with wide-opened focus! Let's see the scenario of seriousness and expectation for Brazil: security, crowd control, success, failure.
: No soccer fixture is exempted from injuries, fans hollowing to display their contentment or disapproval. Thus, a liberal presence of security ought to be formidable. If the Brazilian fans went wild when Brazil played the World Cup final in Brazil contending with Sweden in 1958, where Pele performed superbly, you can see how the progressive fans will be attached to this Cup on home soil. A World Cup in Brazil, therefore, demands effective security to avoid shortcomings!
This mark of the World Cup in Brazil is virtually what will ensure that the stadium is safe for both fans and foreign participants. A reliable atmosphere, in effect, should be set off in order to secure all the arenas; conversely, one has to envision that no matter how much crowd control is set, there will be casualties. I don't think that there can be an absolute control because some fans will be rough anyway. You just can't eye out all the people in the crowd, can you?
Winning all the matches played by a squad is the essence of a hard ball soccer squad. A World Cup will not be won by mere chances but by an athirst squad. Essentially, Brazil will play with all the soccer weapons to shine over any match, assuring success to win the Cup which they lacked since 2002. Since we are relating to the strong squads, Germany, Uruguay, and Argentina will be thorns for Brazil. Being thrashed by these powerful World squads will be something that Brazil, on home soil, may desire not to face. Depending on which group brazil will be seeded, success may come at a heavy sacrifice. The Group of Death, in fact, will test the Brazilian squad, as this was the case in 2010 facing off Portugal--and consequently the routing by Netherlands.
To the imaginations, no World soccer squad entertains the thought of packing to their country because of failing to advance to either the quarter-finals or the semi-finals, Especially, in this argument, if that happens to Brazil, they will remain in Brazil lamenting this deception. But, we have to be realistic stating that can occur to any greedy squad. The piercing question is that one does not need a psychology degree to see how devastating not winning the World Cup in Brazil will affect the morale of "All Brazilians". Can Brazil finally accept defeat?
Germany, Uruguay, Argentina:
Finally, I know that you may be somehow exhausted reading this important aspect of the prospective World cup concerning which nation is keen on winning the World Cup. Just take a deep breath because I am about to conclude. But, let's figure out Germany who has been quite strong in the game since the last World Cup; Germany, indeed, had drowned numerous squads to top Fifa's ranking; Germany won their last World Cup in 1990, and I believe that they have been progressive in tactics and determination to win the Cup. No one will deny that Germany has been playing better than Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. As such, to occupy a top-seeded second in FIFA is a factor prior to the World Cup. While I think that group stage will be tabbed in any World Cup, Germany will close in on the semi-finals. But, with whom? Paraguay embarrassed Brazil in the Inter-continental Copa America 2011, where Brazil missed four consecutive penalties in a semi-final shoot-out [Uruguay proceeded therein to win the final versus Paraguay]; although Brazil triumphed over the Confederations, clashing against Uruguay in Brazil will likely be tough. Besides this argument, Messi, the eager Argentine, will be making sure that he win games for his country; Argentina, thus, may have to cap powerful center-forwards to hedge what occurred in 2010 [Messi will be unable to win a World Cup alone...]. I think, however, that Uruguay is a more resolute squad than Argentina to compete with Brazil---[according to group stage]. Brazil, Spain, and Germany are the most energetic countries to play for the upcoming World Cup. As well, France, Netherlands, and England are front-runners to put on a good show either in the quarter-finals or semi-finals. To reiterate a point, having been thumped by Brazil in the Confederations, Spain may not be the squad to win a successive World Cup.
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