Ranking the Early World Cup 2014 Favorites

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Ranking the Early World Cup 2014 Favorites
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World Cup 2014 is just one empty summer away. We're off to Brazil this time, where the children kick footballs to school and swathes of beautiful women samba their way through every match.

England might be the home of the game, but Brazil is its beautiful, life-affirming soul.

The five-time champions will be hosting the World Cup for the second time. The first saw South American rivals Uruguay win a bizarrely-formatted tournament with no final in 1950.

Brazil hadn't even won a World Cup back then. This time, they host as the most successful nation in the tournament's history and with a monumental weight of expectancy on their backs.

To triumph, they'll need to see off the challenge of defending champions Spain, who'll be after a remarkable fourth straight major tournament success.

There's also their South American rivals, Argentina and Uruguay, to consider, along with the likes of perennial challengers Germany.

It's early days to make a prediction, but here's my ranking of the top six contenders for World Cup 2014.

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