I will be your Nostradamus again, and share my initial thoughts on the whole tournament.
- World Cup 2014 Winner:
Brazil should do it – They have the home advantage – and experienced manager – and no European team won on South American soil before – Argentina (as much as I want them to win) are destined to flop.
- Top Scorer of Brazil 2014 (Golden Boot):
Fred of Brazil may enjoy a good run in the group stage – same applies to Messi – and Benzema has two easy games to shine at
- Best Player:
A certain Neymar and a specific Messi and a shining Ronaldo own the media to get it.
- Best Keeper:
Casillas – Buffon – Courtois; a tight competition but cannot find a fourth better nominee
- Young Player:
Hazard – Pogba – Sterling
- Shocks and Stories:
Spain to choke in the quarter finals – Italy to flop and may not go beyond group stage – Belgium to be the Colombia of 1994 (although they have an easy group) – Dark Horse is a tight race and there will be no surprise name in the final four – Messi will do surprisingly good but not good enough – Ronaldo will not shine – Suarez will not shine – Samba dancers will be more interesting than England’s style of play, but a repeat of the 1990 English heroics is possible (a final four place is too possible)