Who will win the FIFA World Cup? (Poll)
The 19th FIFA World Cup kicks off in Johannesburg on Friday, June 11th with the host nation South Africa facing up to Mexico and thus will begin a festival of football involving 64 games, 32 teams and, ultimately, one winner of football’s most prestigious tournament. “Stoppage Time – International Football Blog” invites you to vote in our special FIFA World Cup poll and asks you: who will win the FIFA World Cup in South Africa?
Defending champions Italy may have an ageing squad but one may argue that experience could be the difference for the four times world champions. Tournament favourites and five time winners Brazil are hoping to become the first team to win the competition on every continent whilst South American rivals Argentina and Uruguay would like to finally win a third world title after years of underachievement. England have arguably got their best team since the side which finished third at Italia ’90 and will want not to add another four years of hurt on to their next World Cup song. France are not are strong as they were at the start of the previous decade but still possess plenty of potential match winners while Spain are hoping to finally win that elusive first world title two years after becoming European champions for the second time in their history.
Nobody can write off the Germans who are the classic example of a ‘tournament team’ whilst their neighbours the Netherlands have many stars of their own and will hope to impress in South Africa. Could this be the first time that an African country wins the FIFA World Cup? South Africa may be the host nation but the Ivory Coast are seen as the African continent’s best hope for a maiden win at this level. Asian teams such as Japan and South Korea will hope to emulate their achievements in the 2002 World Cup whilst rank outsiders such as New Zealand and North Korea will be pleased just to be there. Last, but not least are the potential dark horses for a tournament which could prove more open than people think with good teams such as Australia, Serbia and the United States looking to spring a surprise or two.
It has all the ingredients to be a fascinating World Cup and “Stoppage Time – International Football Blog” invites you to predict the winner of this wonderful tournament.