As far as host-nation favorites go, it doesn’t get much clearer than Brazil being the No. 1 choice to win the 2014 World Cup. The Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro will host the final, and the Seleção’s classic yellow jerseys should feature prominently.
A European team has never won a World Cup in the Americas, making Brazil even easier to choose as favorite, with Argentina right on its heels. The Albiceleste hasn’t won one since Diego Maradona led them to the 1986 title in Mexico, but Lionel Messi is hoping to do the same in 2014.
Here’s how the entire 32-team field shapes up heading into the 2014 World Cup: