There are fewer than 450 days to go before the 2014 World Cup kicks off in Sao Paulo between Brazil and an opponent that will be determined at the Group Stage draw on December 6.
Brazil, as tournament hosts, are the only team we currently know will be in the competition, although with qualification nearing the home stretch, we can safely assume that the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Argentina and Japan will be there as well.
But will Portugal? Will the United States? One of Spain and France will have to go through the playoffs. What of them? And will Brazil actually be ready to put on this event?
Many questions still remain, and as of now the only way to address them is to guess, or to stick your neck out and make predictions. Which is precisely what we’re going to do in this slideshow.
Following are 10 World Cup predictions, some bolder than others, but each of which contains an element of risk. Let’s get to it.