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World Cup: Brazil Preview

Brazil is the odds on favorite to win Group G, which has been called the Group of Death, but they are not a lock to make it out with the very strong teams of Portugal and Ivory Coast in the group.

Brazil is in Group G with Portugal, Ivory Coast, and North Korea.

Bovada has Brazil at +500 to win the World Cup and at -222 to win Group G.

Brazil is in a tough group, but they recently surpassed Spain as FIFA’s top-ranked team in the world and their national team has never lost when playing in Africa (8-0).

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One of the reasons they may have a tough time getting out of their group is the fact that the other Group G teams will sit back on defense and those are the types of teams Brazil has trouble with.

This summer is Brazil’s 19th World Cup appearance and they are the only team to win the tournament five times.

Brazil did not have a tough time qualifying for the World Cup, as they came in first in the South American qualification process.

Brazil plays the beautiful game beautifully and a couple of their main strengths are set pieces and a very fast counter-attack. There are great at free kicks close to the opposing goal as well as corner kicks. The have, perhaps, the best midfielder in the world in Kaka of real Madrid, who is great at initiating the counter attack and setting up the strikers. Brazil also has a solid defense and great goalie in Inter Milan’s Julio Cesar.

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Since Brazil plays a wide-open game they tend to have problems when they play teams that stack the defense in order to thwart Brazil’s scoring chances. That is big this summer, as the teams facing Brazil will do just that. Brazil is also not the best passing team in the world and they rely on lot on long runs.

Head coach Dunga did well in the qualification process, but does not have much big match experience. Nothing less than another World Cup title will be seen as a disappointment.

Brazil has the squad to go all the way, but they have to figure out how to score on teams that drop back on defense for most of the match.

The Brazilians will be favored in every group match and their one against Portugal is a big one with the solid defense they have. This match is the last one for both in group play and the winner will likely win the group.

Brazil World Cup Schedule

6/15/2010 Brazil vs. North Korea
6/21/2010 Brazil vs. Ivory Coast
6/25/2010 Portugal vs. Brazil