The main teams who could challenge us in the finals are Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Germany and Belgium. Spain are defending World and European champions. They have an formidable squad and a unique style of play called Tiki-Taka. This is where Spain keep possession of the ball with short passes, backheels and flicks. They do this until spaces open up in the opposition's defence and they attack and score. This method of winning games served them well in the 2010 World Cup, when they won their first title after beating the Netherlands 1-0 in extra time.
Brazil and Argentina are both exciting teams with plently of attacking flair. Argentina have the best striker in the world, Lionel Messi, in their team, and Brazil have young sensation Neymar. Neymar can play in an attacking midfield role or up front. These two teams should be considered as challengers for the World Cup.
Germany are a well-organised, balanced team with a lot of attacking threat, a midfield filled with quality and a strong defence. Belgium are a team full of young players, but these players have skill and the ability to win games. Both of these teams should also be considered challengers.
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