World Cup 2014: Why Portugal Could Win the 2014 World Cup?

James RiggioContributor IMay 30, 2011

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 19:  Head Coach Jose Mourinho (R) of Real Madrid instructs Cristiano Ronaldo during the UEFA Champions League group G match between Real Madrid and AC Milan at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on October 19, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Portugal is certainly one of the better countries in world soccer. But winning a World Cup is something the Portuguese have never been able to achieve.

But if one were to look at a couple of key facts, the Portuguese could follow their Iberian peninsula rivals by following with a World Cup title of their own.

One of the biggest reasons to suggest that Portugal might win the World Cup is because its top player, Cristiano Ronaldo, is expected to be in his prime at age 29.

Aside from Lionel Messi, Ronaldo is arguably the best that there is in the game.

Portugal also has a young left back in Fabio Coentrao that appears to have a chance at being the best in his position in the world in a very short time.

With a good group of players to work with, they might be able to convince the ‘Special One’ to coach them. Although Jose Mourinho isn’t generally linked with jobs in his native country, there wouldn’t be anyone in Portugal that would complain if he were brought in to win a World Cup.

If there is a strong second reason why Portugal could win in 2014 is because of the location of the tournament – Brazil.

The Portuguese discovered Brazil and it is the language still spoken in South America’s largest country. Chances are Portugal will feel very much at home in Brazil as so many Brazilians will be cheering for Portugal when the host Selecao are not playing.

Last, but not least, a past World Cup pattern could continue.

Portugal, Italy and Spain were all eliminated from the 2002 World Cup by South Korea under a cloud of suspicion of fraud.

Italy went on to win the 2006 World Cup and Spain captured the 2010 title. A win for Portugal would be a trifecta for those that suffered at the hands of South Koreans.

We won’t know for another three years who will win the 2014 World Cup, but Portugal certainly has some factors in its favor that should make it one of the teams to beat in Brazil.