Brazil vs Argentina by JerryDrake
Brazil won 5 titles and lost 2 finals (last title: 2002), Italy follow with 4 titles and lost 2 finals (last title: 2006), Germany won 3 World Cups and lost 4 finals (last title: 1990), Argentina won 2 and lost 2 (last title: 1986). The teams with the most finals played are Brazil and Germany, both 7. Italy played 6 and Argentina only 4 (curious thing: Argentina never arrived 3rd or 4th).
Possible finals with Brazil
Obviously Brazil have this year a great chance to reach the final. Even if they already won 5 cups, the last one came in 2002 with Ronaldo while in the last two tournaments Brazil were eliminated at the Quarter Finals. The first possible rival for Brazil could be Argentina. Both should win their group and keep distant one from the other. Brazil in the top part of the panel, Argentina at the bottom. This would be a historical final because these teams met only in the Copa America finals but they never met in a World Cup final. Germany could also be a finalist, under the condition that they arrive second and move to the bottom part of the games panel (more probable is to see Germany with Brazil in the semifinal). With very high odds (51.00) we find the final "Brazil - Italy". This would be a 9-cups-final and they would meet for the third time after Mexico 70 and USA 94.
A final without Brazil
If there will be a final without Brazil we must give advantage to the national teams who follow Brazil in the list of titles: Italy and Germany. Even though Italy are not favorite and they could not even win a single friendly game, the Italian players always transform themselves when they play for "something". A final between Germany and Italy would mean that Italy win the 5th cup as Italy never lost to Germany in the World Cup.
As you can see, I excluded Spain from all possible finals. Nothing against Spain but I think that they can not surprise anymore their opponents because every team already know the Spanish play by heart. One of these teams should eliminate Spain in my opinion (maybe Argentina in a semifinal). It was difficult to exclude France (dangerous because they can do great things). Not to forget: a European team has never won a World Cup outside Europe. So, Brazil and Argentina have the "home" advantage. If I had to select two possible surprises, then I would say: Belgium and Nigeria. The final I wish to see is "Brazil - Italy".
Brazil - Argentina, odds: 10.00 Marathonbet, stake: 3/10
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