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Who will be the top European team at the World Cup?

By | 20th May 2010

After all the anticipation leading up to the kick off of the World Cup next month it is time to take an impartial look at the twelve other European teams that will also be heading to South Africa with England next month.

A look at the World Cup winners throughout the history of the competition shows that Italy have won four times (and are the current holders), Germany have won three times, France triumphed once, and then there was 1966. Only seven teams have ever won the competition and all the others were from South America (Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay). So the score is Europe nine, South America nine as we await the 2010 kick-off, and there is fevered speculation among the pundits about how things will go. Will the Europeans or the South Americans go top in the continental race?

Spain are the favorites to be the top European outfit this time round with World Cup betting sites offering odds of 21/10. Not that much of a shock when you look at the results they got when qualifying. Played ten, won ten. The odds quoted on them winning the World Cup are 4/1. England are 13/5 to be the top European dogs and they are third favorites (behind Brazil) to win it.

Other European nations that are strongly fancied by online betting punters are Holland, Italy, Germany, and France. All are countries that have a lot of experience in reaching the later stages of the World Cup and have strong squads this time around.

Portugal, Serbia, Denmark, Greece, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia look to be outsiders but may be capable of giving the big boys a run for their money if they can get through the tough group stages.

Will there be a serious challenge to the European and South American domination of the competition in 2010? The biggest threat seems to be from the emerging African nations and the football betting sites rate the Ivory Coast as the strongest candidate at 28/1. There is no doubt that teams from other parts of the world are starting to make their presence felt in international football circles but for this World Cup at least it looks to be a certainty that the winners will be from Europe or South America once again. We will soon find out…

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