Italy still look good value

At the time of writing, Italy remain at around 18-1, on average, to win the World Cup. You may think this is understandable; the Azzurri aren’t generally thought to be a strong squad despite their convincing 2-1 win over England.

Also, you may think there are stronger teams left in the tournament. Brazil remain favourites to win overall despite a generally lacklustre couple of games, whilst Germany have come in a little, understandably, after their easy win over Portugal. Argentina remain joint second favourites with the Germans after their opening win against Bosnia-Herzegovina, whilst the Dutch have come right in to around 10-1 after their incredible 5-1 drubbing of the Spanish. The holders, meanwhile, who were fourth favourites before the tournament began at around 5-1, have drifted all the way out to 12-1, whilst France are 16-1 shots after their convincing 3-0 opening win against Honduras. Continue reading Italy still look good value

World Cup 2014 Player of the Tournament Award

Not everyone can win the World Cup, but you are sure to go down in the history books regardless of how your team does in the competition, if you earn the Player of the Tournament accolade, also known as the Golden Ball trophy. For some, it is the last opportunity to show their consistent class and talent on the grand stage, but for others, they have scores to settle and points to prove, with the World Cup being the best stage possible for re-emergence. Continue reading World Cup 2014 Player of the Tournament Award