No European side will win World Cup 2014, claims Hitzfeld

All four previous South American World Cup tournaments have been won by teams from the home continent and the Switzerland boss does not expect that to change this summer
Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld believes that it will be difficult for European teams to triumph at the World Cup in Brazil.

Football's marquee tournament has been hosted by a South American country on four previous occasions and each time a nation from that region has gone on to win the trophy.

This year's World Cup begins in Brazil on Thursday and Hitzfeld expects a similar result.

"[It is] very, very difficult [for a European team to win]," he told

"It cannot be a coincidence that a European team couldn't win a World Cup held in South America. Not in Uruguay, not in Mexico, not in Argentina and for sure not in Brazil."

With Brazil hosting the World Cup for the first time since 1950, the pressure to deliver success on home soil has arguably never been higher.

But Hitzfeld feels that Luiz Felipe Scolari's men can cope with the expectation and pointed to Brazil's triumph at last year's Confederations Cup as an indicator of how well they can do.

He added: "There is always pressure in football.

"The expectations may be a bit more noticeable at a home World Cup. But Brazil has shown at the Confederations Cup a year ago how you deal well with these special conditions."