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Brazil 2014 Football World Cup: Winner
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World Cup: Group D (England’s Group)
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World Cup: Group A
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World Cup: Group B
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World Cup: Group C
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World Cup: Group E
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World Cup: Group F
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World Cup: Group G
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World Cup: Group H
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Odds are patriotic World Cup betting damages your wealth
One billion pounds is wagered on the World Cup odds for the Finals’ stage of the tournament alone. You could call that serious football fervour.
In England, bookmakers were the major benefactors when typically suicidal patriotic football punting patterns prevailed in 2010. England were hopeless in the 2010 Finals, ultimately being dumped out by a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany.
Yet England had started at just 5/1 to win the tournament with the bookies before drifting to 10/1 prior to the last 16 clash with Germany. England managed just one victory, a 1-0 defeat of tiny Slovenia. They were notably abysmal against Algeria (draw) before their clown-like performance against the Germans. History shows that England have been hopelessly overrated by the English media, pundits and supporters alike time and again.
As the betting table above demonstrates the same mistake is not being made this time, for Brazil 2014. Everyone knows they have little chance – and not just because of the inclement hot weather they will encounter in South America. Nevertheless there will be some patriotic souls eager to line the pockets of the bookmaking fraternity.
A look at the history of the event would have given everyone a big clue to the past ineptitude of England. England’s performance in the tournament has not been impressive – they didn’t even bother to show up for the early contests.
The inaugural World Cup took place in 1930. It was the President of FIFA, Mr Jules Rimet (where have I heard that name before?) , who spotted the potential for a tournament which could bring teams together from across the globe. He had been inspired by the football he had seen at the Olympic games.
Uruguay was the venue and the logistics of travelling to such a distant destination dissuaded the majority of nations in Europe from sending their teams. England were one of many who elected to stay at home. With limited interest expressed in the new contest, World Cup betting activity was nothing to write home about either.
Unlike the English, the intrepid French team were undeterred by the traumas of travel and it was their own Lucien Laurent who scored goal number one of the tournament and the first of the four goals scored by France during their success over Mexico. The European nations who did put in appearances failed to put in earth shattering performances.
The tournament was ultimately won by Uruguay, who triumphed 4-2 over Argentina in the final that took place in Montevideo. And, while that year’s competition was a relatively low key affair, the success of the host nation started a pattern that would be repeated throughout the tournament’s history.
Despite the ennui of England and other nations, the tournament went ahead every four years from 1930 onwards with the exception of ’42 & ’46 as the world felt the devastating effects of the second world war.
In 1934, would-be participants had to endure the first qualification system. Sixteen countries survived the new qualification system for the second running in Italy. Now hosted on European soil, with travel made relatively easy, the English still didn’t bother to send a team. Once again, the host nation and favourites in the World Cup odds triumphed, with Italy beating their Czechoslovakian counterparts in the final.
Twenty years later, it was in Switzerland in 1954 that the TV cameras provided coverage for the first time, providing a fillip for World Cup betting and interest in the tournament as a whole. The final which was held at the Wankdorf arena was seen by millions of viewers. It didn’t disappoint. It was a five goal thriller in which West Germany claimed the spoils, winning against Hungary 3-2.
Hosted in Sweden, the lead story of the 1958 event was the sensational debut of a 17-year-old Brazilian who was destined to become a footballing legend. It brought Pele to the world stage in spectacular style. Not only did he score three goals in the semi-final round but he hit the back of the net twice in the final to help bring Brazil victory over the host nation, Sweden.
As a player, his achievements were unprecedented. He had longevity too, playing a major role for Brazil over a period of over 15 years encompassing appearances in four Finals. With Pele’s assistance, it is no surprise that Brazil was successful in another three of the contests.
It was nearly 30 years after Pele’s debut that the tournament brought another unheard of talent to the world’s attention. In the Mexico hosted World Cup of 1986, it was the ‘divine’ Mr Diego A. Maradona whose contribution helped propel (or handle) Argentina to glory. The English will certainly never forget his ‘hand of God.’
During the ’70s, England twice experienced the dire disgrace of being unable to reach the necessary ‘last 16′ in order to take place in the Finals. What were the odds of that? They should have been wuite long probably. In 1994 a similar fate brought doom and gloom to football enthusiasts, and bookmakers alike, across England – especially as the number of teams permitted to play in the competition had increased from 16 to 24 back in 1982.
Even when they did finally turn up, in the fourth contest after the war, England achieved a record that can at best be described as desperately disappointing. Patriotic supporters may claim that luck has not always been on the team’s side with, among other things, premature liaisons with the legends that are Brazil having a disastrous effect on their chances. The unforgiving penalty kick shoot-outs that were introduced in the competition in 1982 have also destroyed the team’s odds of success on more than one heart stopping occasion.
Only in 1966, with the well documented and universally acknowledged home advantage, did England manage to claim the trophy. They enjoyed the unique good fortune to play all of their games in the presence of an enthusiastic home crowd at Wembley’s hallowed stadium. Even then the World Cup betting was frenzied.
So just how significant is the ‘home advantage’? In six of the 18 held to date, the host nation has been victorious. Just over 33% of tournaments have been won by the team who was playing in their own back yard. Those stats, if taken literally mean the World Cup odds of the home team ought to be no more than a mere 2/1 (that equates to a one in three chance, or 33% chance) to win the tournament.
The next most significant statistic for the uninitiated is that Brazil has triumphed five times – but, if you are contemplating a wager, remember that three of those victories were under the influence of the Pele factor. Nevertheless it is still a powerful statistical argument for a home win in Brazil 2014.
The second most successful nation in the history of the competition is Italy with four victories to their name. West Germany takes third place with three triumphs. Both of these countries enjoyed one of their successes when playing at home as hosts. England’s success has been insignificant by comparison and patriotic punters should take that fact on board when playing the World Cup odds and parting with their hard-earned betting bank.