World Cup Qualifing round Up

Sopain are still the team to beat. credit
Sopain are still the team to beat. credit

As the dust settles on another world cup qualifying campaign, nine of Europe’s 13 teams are getting their bags ready for Brazil 2014.

Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, England, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russia, Switzerland and the Netherlands will all be jetting off next may for the biggest world cup ever.

Despite drawing at home to Wales, in their final game, the Belgians won their group quite easily and with Kompany at the back Hazard, Lakaku and Benteke they look like a real force for the Brazilian world cup.

The Germans beat Ireland 9-1 over the two games and have so many options all over the park.  Neuer in goal is as good as there is, Boetang and Dante are solid at the back, Lahm, Muller, Gotze, Kroos, Ozil and Gomez can all make 90 minutes seem like an eternity.

The Italians will be hoping to collect their fifth Jules Rimet trophy. The Azzuri are always a threat and having reached the final of Euro 2012 are not to be discarded.  Buffon, De rossi, Pirlo, Marchisio and Ballotelli will all take looking after.

The Jules Rimet trophy
The Jules Rimet trophy. credit the

The defending European and world champions took a spanking from Brazil at the confederations cup in June and with Puyol, Xavi and Iniesta all aging Spain might not be favourite to retain the prize they collected in Johannesburg in 2010.

England under Hodgson looks more like a team than individuals.  Hart, Baines, Carrick, Gerrard and Wilshire all lay a great foundation for the attacking threats of Townend, Rooney, Sturidge and Wellbeck.  Don’t forget Walcott and the Ox either.

Bosnia, Russia and Switzerland will all come to the table as first seeds but can’t really expect much more than a last 16 appearance.

And finally the Dutch, My personal tip for International footballs greatest honour.  If they click at even 15% of what their capable of they could cruise to victory but if their pre-tournament antics continue they might not even score a goal.

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