Sunday June 1, 2014
Mark it in your diary if it isn’t already in there. Thursday 12th June sees the first match of the official FIFA World Cup 2014. There is just one match on day one, between Brazil, the hosts of the World Cup event this time around, and Croatia. By the time we reach 28th June we will be down to the last 16 teams to make it through the group stages to get to the real meat of the event.
This means lots of football fans from a variety of countries around the world will be travelling to Brazil to watch their teams try to make it into the latter stages of the event. Which team will hold the famous trophy aloft at the end of the final, played on 13th July this year? It will be unlucky 13th for one team, having gone all the way to the final and missed their chance at the last minute. But for one team it will be the ultimate reward – the chance to claim the World Cup.
After all, footballers only get one chance every four years to claim this particular trophy, the ultimate one in their sport. Those who don’t manage to get through will have to wait until Russia hosts the World Cup in 2018 for another shot at glory.
So which teams look likely to make it into the latter stages?
Some teams make for a better bet than others. It is not uncommon for the host country to win the title, and since Brazil is the host this year and the most successful team too, with five titles so far, would you bet against the odds?
However the last title went to Spain in host country South Africa, so you never know what could happen. Before that Italy were the winners in 2006, and Brazil before that.
Most people will bet on the country they live in, if that country is taking part. Have you checked the latest odds on England winning the tournament, or any other European country come to that? Whatever team you will be backing this time around, make sure you get the best deal now and sit back and watch the action.