All four times the World Cup has been held in South America, a team from that continent has won.
Uruguay was successful in the inaugural tournament held in their home country in 1930, and they also pervailed when it was last hosted by Brazil in 1950.
Brazil came out on top in the 1962 World Cup which was staged in Chile for the first time, while in the 1978 version, hosts Argentina ruled supreme in front of their home crowd.
The European teams competing this year in Brazil will feel they have a good chance of breaking their maiden tag in South America however. Reigning champions Spain are bidding for their fourth major tournament success after wins at Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. It is largely the same squad of players that have tasted so much glory over the last decade to establish themselves as one of the best international teams in the history of the game.
The Spanish players should not have too many problems playing in the hot conditions of Brazil and will be popular in the football betting. Madrid is a city which also gets really warm, and the majority of the Spain squad play for either Real Madrid or the other giants of La Liga, Barcelona.
Germany went close to going all the way in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Despite having a young team, they managed to reach the semi-finals before going down 1-0 to eventual winners Spain. This time around they are third best in the outright market with Betfair.
Joachim Low will be hoping his side can learn from their experience at the last World Cup. They also progressed into the last four of Euro 2012 where they were beaten by Italy to deny them a place in the final.
Portugal have Ballon d’Or and Champions League winner Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks. The Real Madrid man has had a superb season for his domestic club helping them to win their 10th premier European cup competition. He scored the final goal of the game in extra-time against local rivals Atletico Madrid in Lisbon to lift the trophy for the second time in his career, the first being for Manchester United in 2008.
Ronaldo played a key part in his country qualifying for Brazil. He scored four goals across the two-legs of their play-off clash with Sweden for a place at the World Cup. Portugal had to overcome that game as they finished second to Russia in their qualifying group. Despite a disappoint campaign to get to South America, the European side are renowned for being a big tournament team which deliver at the finals. They have gotten out of their group in the last three renewals.
France are considered to have a good chance of winning their second ever World Cup this year. The draw was kind to Didier Deschamps’ teams when it was made in December. They are warm favourites with Betfair to make it into the last 16.
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Written by Celia Roche