Brazil, the five-time World Cup champions, are playing in their own backyard.
This may make it sound like a cinch, but the only other time the World Cup was in Brazil (1950), the hosts finished as runners-up (there was no final match, however).
What does make Brazil the most likely to walk away with the title, however, is their young talent.
The Brazilian U-20 team won the World Cup in 2011. Hence, these youths may be looking to make runs at a World Cup spot in 2014.
Already, Brazil has incredible depth at almost every position, with keeper Julio Cesar seemingly the only shoo-in to the squad.
In defense, two players are possible at almost every position, with Dani Alves or Maicon at right-back, Marcelo or Andre Santos at left-back, and Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Luisao, or Lucio all at centre-back.
The midfield is so stacked that Kaka has had trouble finding a spot.
And young strikers Neymar and Leandro Damiao are giving Hulk, Alexandre Pato and Robinho trouble finding a spot.
And I still haven't even mentioned those U-20 players.
There could very well be a huge party in Rio come July, 2014.
Players to Watch: Neymar and Leandro Damiao
The two young strikers are already making strong pushes for the squad.
They each have incredible potential (at 20 and 22 years of age, respectively).
If they were to even reach part of these potential abilities come 2014, they could easily make Brazil unbeatable.