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We have our first 2014 World Cup guarantee, and it comes from the hosts

Nov 17, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

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With less than a year until the big dance, the time has come to soak in all the pre-tournament talk.

24 of the 32 spots have been filled, with another three pretty much a guarantee heading into the second leg of playoff rounds.

As the tournament draws nearer, the hosts are getting a bit confident, and Brazil’s manager Luiz Felipe Scolari issued the first guarantee of the 2014 World Cup buildup after smoking Honduras in a friendly.

”I wouldn’t accept to coach Brazil if I didn’t think I could win the World Cup,” Scolari said. ”I took the job because I’m 100 percent sure that I will win the World Cup with Brazil. Brazil will be the champion.”

Yikes. Better not lose. With defending champions Spain showing no signs of slowing down, Germany firing on all cylinders, up-and-coming youngsters dotting a star-studded Belgium, and plenty of other contenders, Brazil will have no shortage of competition to take home the crown in there own country.

However, the 5-0 thumping of Honduras in Miami Saturday understandably has Scolari fired up about his team.

‘Now we have a clear view about our team,” the 65-year-old said. ”Everything is in place already.”

‘This team is much younger team, it lacks the experience of that 2002 squad,” he added. ”This group has a different dynamic and this type of dynamic is needed in football today.”

Those youngsters, led by Neymar, will need to gain experience fast.  Neymar is doing just that, filling in for four-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi at the front of Barcelona’s attack while the best in the world is out with injury.

It’s a good thing Scolari believes his squad is nearly ready, because the Brazilian national team has just one more match on the schedule before the manager names his World Cup squad.

  1. 407magic - Nov 17, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    You didn’t mention Colombia who just beat up that Belgium team you mentioned in a friendly 0-2 and in Belgium.

  2. footballer4ever - Nov 17, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Wow! It does not stop to amaze me how irresponsible, immature or simply full of it for Scolari to guarantee something like that. Sure they will cruise thru the first round, but after that it’s a do or die game and anything can happen in football or else ask the 1998 Brazil team who were supposed to win the pentaworldcup but ended up getting thrashed by france 3-0. I attended the Brazil – Honduras football game at sunlife stadium among 71123 others and they displayed their majestic football skills, but let’s be honest, without demeaning the opponent, as to who Honduras is in football terms. Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador or worse Uruguay can be one of the national teams aside the Europeans who cam turn WC2014 from a Maracanaso into a Verguensazo (shameful) WC. Scolari, lyou were hired to win football matches on the pitch and not to speak or predict them ahead of time.

  3. footballer4ever - Nov 17, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Btw, Neymar got football skills, no question about that, but will he realize that being prone to purposely flop or dive is not what great Brazilian footballers did not do. Someone should smack that kid and make sense how weak he looks because if you live by the flop you will die by the flop too.

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