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With this year's World Cup looking set to be the most competitive edition in years, members of Goal's Asian editions share their personal picks of who to look our for and why

Agung Harsya - Deputy Editor, Goal Indonesia
Top 3 - Champions:Argentina; 2nd:Brazil; 3rd:Portugal
Darkhorse - 
Ivory Coast or Belgium could shine, but Japan will produce a great shock by making their first World Cup quarter-final ever.
Flop team -
Germany/Italy
Player to watch -
Lionel Messi

South American teams will dominate, but most of all, Argentina would provide the biggest shock by beating the hosts, Brazil, in the final.

Yonghun Lee - Chief Editor, Goal Korea
Top 3 - Champions:Brazil; 2nd:Spain; 3rd:Germany
Darkhorse -
Uruguay
Flop team -
Italy
Player to watch -
Neymar

Brazil is more than ready to win the title. Spain will play safe and be able to reach the final but as we saw in the Confederations Cup, safe football is not enough to beat Brazil. Germany is even more vulnerable than before so I don't think they're strong enough to beat the hosts.


Thana Wongmanee - Chief Editor, Goal Thailand
Top 3 - Champions:Germany; 2nd:Brazil; 3rd:Spain
Darkhorse -
Belgium
Flop team -
England
Player to watch -
Luis Suarez

This is the final evolution of 'Klinsmann's fledgings' under Jogi Low. The host's football is close to ideal as their attack is still dazzling as ever, but now with a stronger backline. It's not easy to upset Spain, but there's definitely a right way, as Brazil showed in the Cofederations Cup 2013.

Wisut Dumri - Foreign Football Editor, Goal Thailand
Top 3 - Champions:Brazil; 2nd:Spain; 3rd:Germany
Darkhorse -
Belgium
Flop team -
Portugal
Player to watch -
Neymar

Brazil, as hosts, hold many advantages. Moreover, their route seems rather easy, they won’t meet a strong opponent until the semi-finals. I think the Selecao will beat Spain in the final just as they did in the Confederations Cup last summer.

Kaustav Bera - Correspondent, Goal India
Top 3 - Champions:Brazil; 2nd:Germany; 3rd:Spain
Darkhorse -
Belgium
Flop team -
Argentina
Player to watch -
Neymar

The World Cup returning to South America coupled with Brazil's dazzling performance in the Confederations Cup, means the hosts are hot favourites for the World Cup. Germany too have a talented team to make it. Discounted though they are, Spain will not give up so easily but will make the top 4 at least.

Mohammad Yanuar Firdaus - Deputy Editor, Goal Indonesia
Top 3 - Champions:Germany; 2nd:Brazil; 3rd:Spain
Darkhorse -
Belgium
Flop team -
England
Player to watch -
Neymar

Germany's quality in midfield will become a key factor for their success. Brazil will come second, not because of their performance, but because of bad luck. Third place will goes to Spain because they are still a quality side.

Cesare Polenghi - Chief Editor, Goal Japan
Top 3 - Champions:Brazil; 2nd:Germany; 3rd:Spain
Darkhorse -
Bosnia
Flop team -
Argentina
Player to watch -
Paul Pogba

Germany have shown in recent years a convincing growth; however, it would be shocking if Brazil won't be able to repeat their Confederation's success in front of the home crowd. Spain are still a huge contender, but perhaps they have won enough and might stumble in the semi-final.

Iain Strachan - Chief Editor, Goal Australia
Top 3 - Champions:Germany; 2nd:Argentina; 3rd:Brazil
Darkhorse -
Bosnia
Flop team -
Spain
Player to watch -
Raheem Sterling

Germany have flown somewhat under the radar leading into this tournament, but are among the strongest of the European sides, with more experience than Brazil, who will be weighed down by the expectation of playing on home soil, and more cohesion than Argentina.



Falah Abdullah - Chief Editor, Goal Malaysia
Top 3 - Champions:Brazil; 2nd:Spain; 3rd:Argentina
Darkhorse -
Switzerland
Flop team -
England
Player to watch -
Lionel Messi

The fans, the weather and their collective talent should propel the Selecao to a historic World Cup win on home soil. This youthful squad have already shown their potential to beat a world class team like Spain in the Confederations Cup and I expect their class to shine throughout the competition.


Bhas Kunju - Chief Editor, Goal Singapore
Top 3 - Champions:Germany; 2nd:Uruguay; 3rd:Brazil
Darkhorse -
Uruguay
Flop team -
Italy/Spain
Player to watch -
Luis Suarez

One of the most consistent teams at the World Cup, and the most promising on paper, Germany could win this time, with outside distractions being a factor for the hosts. Uruguay should factor in the top 4, along with Belgium while the Spanish are still reeling from a grueling domestic season to make an impact.

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