We're now just four days away from the world's biggest sporting event. The World Cup kicks off in Brazil on Thursday afternoon, with the hosts set to play Croatia.
The United States plays its first game Monday evening against Ghana, and expectations for moving out of the group are about as low as they've been since 2002.
That said, if you're putting together your World Cup brackets, here are five teams that absolutely can lift the World Cup:
Hosts usually do very well in World Cups. It doesn't hurt that they're Brazil and, well, they pretty much invented a style of play. Not only can they score, but they are solid in defense.
Collectively, this may be the best team on paper. Striker Diego Costa chose to play for Spain over Brazil. The only issue: The tournament is on Brazil's soil, and the drubbing Brazil gave Spain in last summer's Confederations Cup will be hanging overhead.
Arguably the greatest player of all time, Lionel Messi, is Argentinian. But it's no secret that they have serious problems in defense. Here's the silver-lining for Brazil's big rival: If the group results play out like they should, Argentina will have the easiest knockout-stage path to the final. Countries usually do very well in World Cups held on their continent.
This team is a mystery. A couple of years ago, they looked like the strongest team in the world. Now, who knows? There is world class quality top to bottom. If everything comes together and they find an in-form striker, they could lift the world's most coveted trophy.
Uruguay was the 2010 World Cup's surprise team, making a memorable run to the semifinals. Since then, the world's hottest player has emerged in striker Luis Suarez, who plays for Liverpool in the English Premier League. The combination for another run is there: A player who can't stop scoring and a World Cup held on South American soil.
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