The World Cup is less than a month away and the excitement is starting to build. With the squad announcements happening almost every day now that excitement has grown exponentially. Here are four of the teams that we think will take World Cup glory.
With some of the best players in the world and winning all ten of their qualifying games, Spain are joint favourites to win the 2010 World Cup, along with Brazil. They are also currently the European Champions after a successful campaign in the EUFA EURO 2008.
Some of their star players include keeper Iker Casillas, midfielder Xavi Hernandez, and the two strikers David Villa and Fernando ‘El Niño’ Torres. These players will be coming to South Africa hoping to claim Spain’s first FIFA World Cup.
Dubbed as the “golden generation”, England has some of the best players and most well-known faces in the sport, yet they failed dismally in EUFA EURO 2004 and the last FIFA World Cup in Germany and, to make matters worse, they did not even qualify for EUFA EURO 2008. However, the appointment of Fabio Capello appears to have rejuvenated the team who bounced back to win nine out of ten qualifying games and scored 34 goals in the process, the highest in the European region.
England last won the World Cup in 1966 which makes players like Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Joe Cole, Peter Crouch and Ashley Cole want to bring the World Cup home.
Brazil really doesn’t need an introduction, but we’re going to give you one anyway. Having five World Cup titles to their name, they are the most successful World Cup team and always seem to go into every World Cup tournament as favourites.
With Kaka, Luis Fabiano and Julio Cesar as the key players leading a team of talented footballers, there is no doubt that Brazil will go far in the tournament and maybe even add an extra star to their jerseys by the end of it.
The Netherlands are also one of the sides that have been in the thick of the competition but, much like England, have not tasted World Cup glory, or at least almost tasted it, for decades. They did, however, have a good qualifying run, winning all eight of their World Cup qualifiers under new coach Mark van Bommel, only conceding two goals in the process, which puts them in a very good position to take on even the most dangerous attack.
Arjen Robben, Joris Mathijsen, Andre Ooijer, Dirk Kuyt, Mark van Bommel, Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Giovanni van Bronckhorst play as the core of the Netherlands team and all have quite a bit of experience in the orange jersey. The Netherlands will always be a threat to any of the teams.