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Brazil

Odds to Win World Cup: +450

Arguably the most notable soccer side in the entire world, Brazil comes to World Cup 2010 with hopes of adding to its already astonishing five championships. This team, just like all of the others in Brazil's history, is primed and ready, and will almost certainly make an incredibly deep run in South Africa.

How They Got Here: To prove just how high the expectations are for the Brazilians in this tournament, the team was booed off of the pitch in Rio de Janeiro in three scoreless draws in qualifying, two of which had absolutely zero bearing on qualifying for the World Cup. All told, Brazil managed nine wins, seven draws, and a pair of losses to reach this stage, and though that effort wasn't as dominating as perhaps it could've been, there were several moments along the way which suggested that it was toying with its opposition.

Player to Watch: Any time you watch the yellow and green take the field, there are 11 players to watch that can change the game. With names like Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, and the sorts no longer on the team, F Luis Fabiano is going to have to step up. In the 2009 Confederations Cup, he had the strike against the United States that won the competition. Fabiano netted nine of the 33 goals that the Brazilians had in qualifying for this event.

Previous World Cup Experience: After two failed attempts at getting out of the first round of the World Cup in 1930 and 1934, Brazil consistently improved, making the semifinals in 1938, the finals in 1950, and finally winning its first World Cup in 1958 in Sweden. Other championships came in 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002. In spite of the fact that the Brazilians won their first four matches and ended the tournament with a +8 goal differential, they were bounced out of the World Cup in 2006 in the quarterfinals. That snapped a string of three straight World Cups in which the Portuguese side reached the finale. Brazil also holds the record for most final appearances with seven. If nothing else, this should act as a springboard for the 2014 World Cup, which will be played on Brazilian soil.

Key to Advancing: As long as Brazil doesn't try to get cute with either Portugal or Ivory Coast, there's no reason not to get through Group G with at least seven points. Anything less than all nine will be disappointing to the fans back at home. However, even though this is a team that has qualified for ten straight second rounds of the World Cup, don't think that this will be as much of a cakewalk as it usually is. The second match against Ivory Coast could reasonably result in no points, which would possibly require two wins to get through the "Group of Death."

Predictions: Brazil may not win this group, but there's no way that we could even conceive it not reaching at least the Round of 16. Truth be told, as long as the Brazilians avoid being in the same half of the draw as Spain, there shouldn't be a real threat to them until at least the quarterfinals. Still, this is the best side in the world, and anything less than a trip to the finale would be considered a major, major disappointment to all around the world.

Round 1 Schedule
Brazil vs. North Korea (June 15th, 2:30 PM ET, Johannesburg)
Brazil vs. Ivory Coast (June 20th, 2:30 PM ET, Johannesburg)
Portugal vs. Brazil (June 25th, 10:00 AM ET, Durban)

All Odds for 2010 World Cup from Brobury Sports


Odds to Win Group G
Brazil -200
Ivory Coast +375
North Korea +10000
Portugal +333
Odds to Advance Group G
Brazil -900
Ivory Coast -135
Portugal -155
North Korea +800

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