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Who will win the 2014 World Cup?

Who will win the 2014 World Cup?

With a thick blanket of snow covering much of Canada right now, we thought it would be great to imagine hot and sunny weather in Brazil while listing odds for the World Cup.

With the heat in my home hovering around the 30C mark, it sure feels like the tropics indoors but one quick glance out the kitchen window swiftly brings me back to reality as ice and snow cover everything in sight.

So let's think about warmer days, and with just about a year-and-a-half left before the 2014 FIFA World Cup takes place, I am thinking about how beautiful Brazil is going to be. Along with the natural charms and wonders the South American nation offers, there are also some very early odds on tap at to see who is going to win the greatest international sporting spectacle on Earth, so why not have some fun and take a look.

We'll start off with the host nation, which was recently listed at its all-time low in the FIFA rankings this past month and currently sit in 18th spot, behind obvious juggernauts like squads like Ecuador and Switzerland.

Despite that ranking, Brazil is expected to win this tournament and it will be considered a national disappointment to do anything less than to raise the trophy in the Maracana Stadium. With former World Cup winning coach Phil Scolari now once again at the helm, the hype and expectations are back with Brazil paying 4.50 to win the tournament.

Of course, many people will look to the only team to ever win three consecutive major international tournaments to make it four in a row. Spain has captivated fans around the world and of every age with its thrilling style and dominating ways. The current European and World defending champions are tied along with Argentina to win the championship at odds of 6.50.

The Germans are up next with odds of 9.00, and with one of the deepest pools of talent around that also happens to be one of the youngest, 2014 could be peak time for Joachim Low's boys to finally meet the great expectations and lift its first World Cup since 1990.

Of course, there are still many qualifying games left to go before deciding who even gets to play in the 32 team competition, but that is where you also land larger odds.

You can bet that both the Netherlands and Italy won't be paying out 21.00 and 26.00 once the final draw is made in December of 2013, while France (29.00) and Russia (51.00) will also decrease, provided they continue their winning ways to get there. The aforementioned Ecuadorians and Swiss - despite being ahead of Brazil in FIFA's highly questionable rankings system - are listed at 201.00 and 251.00 respectively.

But the big money on the early lines is on Egypt, Ireland, Romania - along with a slew of others - whom are all available for a nice tidy pickup of 501.00. Never say never, and as Greece proved in 2004, anything is truly possible, but for any of those teams to come through in the end, it would exceeed even the most wild of dreams for players or bettors.

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