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The Winner of the 2014 World Cup will be…Germany

Thursday 12th June 2014
Our man, Jack Kitson, has been pulling out all the stops ahead of the World Cup and in the latest of his World Cup articles, the Southampton nut nails his (black, red and yellow) colours to the mast as he forecasts Germany to emerge victorious in Brazil

The 2014 World Cup Odds reveal that there is an exclusive pack of four teams at the summit who bookmakers recognize as the main contenders for glory; Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Germany. This immense category includes; the hosts, five times winners and favourites Brazil, the well fancied Argentinians, and the defending champions Spain. However, it is the latter of the quadruple, Germany at 6/1 (Bet365), who I am backing to lead the European contingent and ultimately win their fourth golden trophy on 13 July.

Here's why:

Pedigree and Record

Germany have won the World Cup three teams: 1954, 1974 and 1990. This figure would be significantly higher had they not fallen at the final hurdle on a further four occasions, while let's not forget that they also have four third place finishes. In addition to the above achievements the Germans have also been crowned champions of Europe three times.

Die Mannschaft are an almost constant feature in the latter stages of tournaments. In 17 appearances at the showpiece spectacle they have remarkably only failed to progress through to the quarter-finals on two occasions, while the last time their presence was not involved in last-eight dates way back to 1978. Furthermore no team has appeared in more Finals, with Brazil also locked on seven last-two showings.

Stunning Squad

Germany boast a glittering array of players who shine both individually and, more importantly, as a collective unit. Manager Joachim Low's squad has a staggering combination of experience and youth, along with an abundance of back-up options in nearly every position, which more than justifies their position towards the summit of the betting.

Germany are famed for their discipline and meticulous organisation, while they are, of course, assiduously effective. On top of this they have talent, pace and trickery to slice their way through the tightest of gaps, plus both the veterans and youngsters have an insatiable appetite for success.

The European side will be captained by the experienced Philipp Lahm, who joins the Marcel Schmelzer, Mats Hummels and Per Mertesacker in a fearsome backline, which protect goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. It's a case of take your pick in the middle of the park with the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sam Khedira and Toni Kroos battling for starts, whereas Marco Reus, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller and Mario Gotze are likely to occupy positions further up the field.

Penalty Prowess

Readers are unlikely to need reminding that the ice cool Germans have a 100% record in World Cup penalty shoot-outs. On each of the four times their matches have remained level at extra-time the Germans have kept their heads and blown away the opposition from 12-yards. So far their conquests have been France (1982), Mexico (1986), England (1990) and most recently Argentina (2006).

This impressive feat is no fluke. The Germans are admirably strong mentally and are expected to win when in this position, which is in stark contrast to The Three Lions who have crumbled in all three of their nerve-shredding penalty shoot-outs.

Record Breakers

No team scored more goals than Germany at the last World Cup. Low's men blasted in 16, which was remarkably double that of eventual winners Spain. Thomas Muller scored five of those goals as he collected the coveted Golden Boot award in South Africa, and he will no doubt be gunning to become the only player to retain the top goalscorer award.

The Germans also have 2006 Golden Boot winner Miroslav Klose in their ranks, who will be bidding to break Ronaldo's all-time World Cup goals record of 15. The veteran striker has 14 goals to his name and will likely be used as a substitute this summer, and will be desperate for the opportunity to add more goals to his impressive tally.

Potential Weaknesses

As with every major contender there is a point of weakness which could affect their chances of storming to victory in the samba spectacle. Critics of Germany argue that Low's men haven't got what it takes to get over the final hurdle. To an extent this is true. It is remarkable that this year marks the 24th year since Die Mannschaft last hoisted the famous trophy. Over the years they have come agonizingly close to glory but have always seem to falter when agonisingly close to the line.

However, the fact that the Germans are always in contention speaks volumes, and they have been knocking on the door since the turn of the century, with a runners-up spot (2002), followed by a brace of third place finishes (2010 and 2006). If the stars align this time around then this could well be the year that they finally end their World Cup wait.

SELECTION: Germany to win the 2014 World Cup @ 7/1 with Bet Victor
Jack Kitson
Massive Southampton fan, loving being back in the Premier League but cannot get enough football to feed my addiction.

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