World Cup Favorites, Contenders 2014: Brazil, Argentina, Germany Lead Way

Traditional powerhouses Brazil, Argentina, and Germany are atop the World Cup contenders and favorites for 2014 according to top sports picks website Brazil is the host country.

Brazil, the only five-time winner, is +300 as the top favorite, followed by two-time champs Argentina at +400.  Lionel Messi generally considered to be the best footballer in the world leads the Argentines. Seven-time finalist and three-time champion Germany is third at +500. Another powerhouse Spain is next at +650.

A big drop-off separates the next group of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

contenders with Belgium at +1300. Columbia, 20 years ago considered the next world power, has not fulfilled such lofty expectations showing up at +2000. As pointed out by many a sports betting expert, several long-time powers are not long shots with France at +2200, with England, Italy, Uruguay, and the Netherlands at +2500.

Among other notables, Portugal led by Cristiano Ronaldo, often considered the second best player in the world is +3000. Team USA is a massive dark horse at +16,000. default

Holland is widely considered to be the world’s top brides mate making three finals but yet to bring home the crown. Italy is a four-time winner, most recently in 2006.

Strangely enough, Europe is the favorite by a -110 to -115 margin over South America in the proposition bet for which continent the winner will come from.

The tournament kicks off on Thursday, June 12 and commences Sunday, July 13.


About the Author

Grandmaster Sports Handicapper Joe Duffy got his start in the sports handicapping industry with the Dial Sports (Communications Team) audiotext network. It was owned by sportswriter, broadcaster and handicapping pioneer Mickey Charles. Dial Sports was the sister company of the popular Sports Network Wire Service. Upon graduating California University of PA, where he was a play-by-play announcer on student radio station WVCS (now WCAL) and cable channel 29 (now CUTV), he became a full-time sports announcer and handicapper for the Sportsline scorephone network. He learned from NFL legends coach Hank Stram and broadcasting icon Ray Scott the ins and outs of the sports betting world. His Amazing Cadillac Club became the most successful 900-number in sports betting history. He left to become the first General Manager of the Freescoreboard scorephone network broadcast all over North America. His articles have appeared on several dozen websites and hard copy publications. He is now CEO of, the top sports betting site in the world. Email:

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