5 Who Could Win the World Cup in 2010
After every qualifying round we will break down the five teams that I feel are most likely to win the World Cup in 2010.
Here is this Monday’s list.
The reigning Copa America and Confederations Cup champions have to be the runaway favorites to win next year’s World Cup. After a 3-1 smashing of arch rival Argentina on Saturday, Brazil leads the South American qualifying group and has already clinched a World Cup berth. Dunga’s side is more tactically aware and flexible than past Brazil squads, although the beautiful football that was long a Brazilian trademerak is gone.
The Dutch have all the ingredients of a world champion, but the history of losing when it matters most. But this will be the strongest Dutch team since the Euro 2000 tournament, and in a non European World Cup, that probably bodes well.
The victory in Euro 2008 over historic juggernaut Germany was either a sign that Spain is now a world power or simply a historical fluke. We won’t know until next year, but Spain must have Andres Iniesta and Marcos Senna once again healthy next year to win the World Cup.
Fabio Capello’s side is long on talent but short on historical accomplishment. Weening this team off of faulty British tactics and employing a continental style is the most important contribution Capello can make long term. The narrow pitch sizes in South Africa combined with winter weather make England a logical favorite next year.
Javier Aguirre has transformed one of most talented sides in the world from classic underachiever to regional heavyweight in a few short months. The core of this Mexican team has performed well at the youth level, and are now poised to breakthrough on the full international level.
Kartik Krishnaiyer/The Kartik Report