The Strongest Teams in the Competition- Brazil and Spain

Candidates for the title are prepared as they travel to South Africa with big expectations.

There are only two months left in which to launch the most anticipated tournament in the world, and I can only think of the favorites and of the big teams. As a football fan, I already have my World Cup betting picks.

Brazil is a team that has demonstrated the quality of its players in World Cup history. The Brazilians have been marked by their great performances in each of their matches, especially when they come to a world championship.

The five-time World Cup champions always arrive at the tournament as favorites, and for this year, Brazil can think of a South Africa 2010 World Cup title and open the 2014 tournament with the trophy at home.

With opponents such as Ivory Coast and Portugal, Brazil enters as one of the 10 best teams in the world, as ranked by FIFA, and is the second favorite to win the World Cup.

On the other hand, without titles in a World Cup tournament, Spain ranks as the favorite to be world champion. After the big performance of the Spanish in Euro 2008, “La Roja” has proven their good game in the qualification process and the ability of its players to reach the final in South Africa.

The team, led by Vicente Del Bosque, will have as opponents Switzerland, Honduras, and Chile, with Chile being the toughest opponent of the group, only one point down from Brazil in the CONMEBOL qualifying process. But I think that the ability of the coach and his players will allow Spain to qualify in first place in Group H and continue fighting for a first world title in Spanish soccer history.

Brazil and Spain have all the attention for this World Cup. Iker Casillas, Xavi, Puyol, Raul, Fernando Torres, Kaka, Diego, Robinho, and Adriano are some of the big stars from these two teams, and I know that they will give a great show beginning on June 11 in the most anticipated event the world. (Other Barcelona players: Iniesta, Valdes…)

Mino: Ibracadabra-Balotelli switch, why not?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unhappy, and could take miserable actions, the title says all, and we are giving you translated text of interview that his agent Mino Raiola gave us:

“Ibra is very bad, very sad and is disappointed. He is a great player who wants to always play. It wants to always dispute the important parties”, commented I mine Raiola, representative of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, lamenting itself of the suplencia of the Swedish in the party of the Champions against the Stuttgart.

Most peculiar it is than the representative of Zlatan complained which the Swedish gives many attendances of goal so that their companions mark, whereas he thinks that the others only think about marking and they do not go it. One will talk about to I read Messi?

“When he is bad, it gives many attendances to the equipment, and when it is well, it gives attendances and also it marks goals. However there are players who only mark and they do not give attendances”, evaluated the representative of the Swedish forward.

Messi-land

Barcelona was amused with the Stuttgart to happen to the quarters of end of the continental match. The Flea was unstoppable: it did first, the third party, and unfolded soccer by all sides. The absence of Xavi did not notice, Touré rendered in great level, and Pedro gave to the right to Pep marking the second him. They measure the perimeter of completed the task. Who stops to the Barça in its way to Madrid?

It was necessary to give an authority blow on the table. The best equipment of the 2009 world had the pressure to continue being it this 2010. In case that outside little, loaded with himself the recent failure of Real Madrid and, to a lesser extent, the one of Seville. Good part of Spain ignited the television to 20,45 to see the unique national survivor in Champions League, Barcelona.

Culés had one lasts shutdown before the Stuttgart of Germany by eighth of end of the continental match, but everything was ready so that the orchestra of Guardiola sounded once again. They would not count on one of the best directors, because Xavi was low of last moment.

But, at least dramatic it could be for the Germans, if Messi played? The answer: little. The Argentinean arranged already from first half of the spaces that to him as much it likes to have. He is that the rival had to go to by a goal not dying, could not go away of the Camp Nou without writing down. The 1-1 in Germany forced that.

That obligation condemned to him. Messi, to the 15 minutes, took the ball to almost 50 meters from portería German. It ran, it ran, and it continued running. When one got tired of which the Germans watched the legs to him, he nailed zurdazo to the right angle of Lehmann. Some nostáligco compared that firing with the one from Maradona to Greece in World-wide the 1994. Unique the real thing was 1-0.

Seven minutes later, the Stuttgart gave another sample of impotence. One surrendered again on the feet of the Messí-ace: it passes quirúrjico of the “10” for the entrance in solitude of Touré, flat center to means, and 2-0 of Pedro. The been born one in Tenerife gave the reason him to Pep in not putting to Ibrahimovic.

That tribute of Messi to Xavi was the last great sparkle of the first time. The party was not party since it knew that number 1 of the Castrol Ranking had desire to play, something that did not say, but exposed in each ball that touched.

The Germans did not give the stature and they did not seem to know the rules the championship: they never insinuated to want to mark in the Camp Nou. If sometimes it smelled Cacau, were because some culé happened to him close. All then preparation to see the second time, another blaugrana monologue.

“If, if, if, champions in Madrid”, were delirious the liking when Messi culminated another spectacular play, the 3-0 partisan. 58 minutes went when Pedrito was by right, gave back for Dani Alves, that of heel attended the goleador. The closing of the Flea became the fourth goal in seven parties by Champions, and the 31 in 36 official codisks in the season. The numbers do not lie.

The celebration already finished and the goal of Measures the perimeter of did not do more than to complete the statistics of a forceful and festive winner. Of leader that accepts all the virtues that wants him to add to this Barcelona, because it gives the sensation that always is something more to say, something more than to emphasize: we always reiterated the old woman words between and new praises that do not do more than to put in the true dimension the greatness of this equipment.

Barcelona approaches the 22 more and more May, and therefore to Santiago Bernabéu. The best equipment of the 2009 world already is between best the eight of Europe in 2010. It has everything to be owner of the planet, only lacking that the time happens.

Stuttgart: Hleb thinks that they can pass the eliminatory one

The ex- ones of Barcelona trusts the possibilities of the German set facing the encounter of return of eighth of end. They know that the blaugrana equipment is favorite, but do not discard to give the surprise. One will be a joke?

It dreams about giving the campanada one: “The Barça is a rival who did not want, because I know that Barcelona is very strong. Against any other equipment we could fight and have the same opportunities, but not against Barcelona. Nevertheless, still there is a small option”, it pointed the soccer player bielorruso in the uefa.com vestibule, where it added that “everything is possible in soccer and we have an opportunity. We will give everything it”.

Keys to surpass the eliminatory one: “We only needed to concentrate itself in our party. We need to be compact and aggressive. We will have occasions I know, it, but we must be very safe in defense”.

A rival with many cracks: “Not only we must concentrate to us in I read Messi, although it is evident that he is his more dangerous player. Also they are Xavi, Iniesta, Thierry Henry, Pedro or Ibrahimovic”.

It praises to Barcelona: “Tuna Plays a soccer very and all the players can decide a party by their account”.

Almeria 2:2 Barcelona

The blaugrana doorman spoke after the 2-2 and defended the t-shirt that dressed Almeria supporting to Chile that undergoes a bad moment by the constant earthquakes.

Analysis: “They are two different philosophies, but until the end it has been tried. The goals have been a pity; one has gambled well, the bad thing is the result”.

The delay of the party: “There are trivialities that there are to leave outside soccer, mainly if it is by a good cause, is not necessary to put you beat, the other way around, is necessary to push it; they are things to the margin of the party, although it is necessary to put the sooner in this type of encounter”.

The expulsion of Guardiola: “It does not matter to us what Guardiola of its expulsion says, he has been red but it has not said anything to us. They are important points that they escape, with the little distance that there is with the second is important not to leave points by the way”.