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Kuwait predicts Brazil will win football World Cup

In this week’s online poll, readers of the Arab Times picked their favourites to win the upcoming FIFAWorld Cup. 40% of voters believe that hosts Brazil will win the 20th staging of the games. “Apart from the obvious advantage of playing at home grounds factoring in, Brazil has come a long way since 2010 with a young squad eager to dominate in the international arena”, an avid Brazilian supporter stated.

While many opine that Neymar will be key to Brazil marking another notch in its World Cup legacy, others share that the team will face difficulties in stacking up to others, alluding to their defeat by Mexico at the Olympics.

But supporters in Kuwait believe that coach Luis Felipe Scolari who led the team to their 5th World Cup win in 2002, capable of guiding the team, under the weight of expectation, to another triumph. Brazil was also selected as the top choice among 171 economists from 139 companies in a Bloomberg News poll recently. Along with football pundits, statisticians forecast a Brazilian victory.

Another 18% of voters in Kuwait, however, are compelled that the Germans will take home the cup. While Germany has not tasted success since winning the trophy in Italy in 1990, the squad is altogether formidable.

A voter was impressed by the team’s qualifying campaign, “Germany won nine of their ten qualifying games and scored 36 goals in the process.” EA Sports’ FIFA World Cup, who accurately predicted Spain to win the last World Cup, favour Germany this time around based on a simulation testing the 32 teams under the same conditions they will face in Brazil.

According to 15% of the respondents, it is Argentina that will lift the cup in a matter of 32 days. “Argentina will glide through the Group stage and their forward line could be devastating to other teams in the knockout stage”, a diehard Messi fan remarked.

10% of the votes cast, see Spain retaining the trophy. “The Spaniards have a great track record, they have not lost a knockout match at a major championship since 2006 and did not even concede a goal in the final stages of Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

I think it is very likely they’ll win again”, a voter commented. A 5% slice of voters consider this World Cup, Portugal’s time to shine. While most believe that the burden of carrying the team to victory will fall on star Ronaldo, centre-back Alves, the defensive pair of Coentrao and Pepe, midfielder Moutinho and winger Nani could take the team a long way into the tournament. “Portugal may prove to be the dark-horse in the competition”, a voter pointed out. Italy garnered 4% each of the votes cast in the poll. “Cesar Prandelli’s team with Balotelli and its optimal blend of youth and experience can win the competition.

Only Brazil has won more World Cups than the Azzurri”, a voter stated. While many are pessimistic about England, and see it struggling to emerge from its group of death, 4% of the voters believe that the English team could shock critics.

However only 2% see France as winners this year on account of Ribery’s back injury, and another 2% favoured Uruguay.

Brazilian legend Pele recently stated that he would prefer a Brazil vs. Uruguay final to avenge the 1950 defeat.

Predicting the outcome of sporting events is the favourite pastime of many, even animals.

Following in step with Paul the Octopus, this World Cup baby Pandas and Nelly the elephant will weigh in on the action. “But predictions can come undone and the underdogs can topple the favourites; let us hope the games are packed with astounding goals and beautiful football”, a voter noted.

By: Cinatra Fernandes Arab Times Staff

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