4 World Cup Teams That Have Looked The Best So Far

This has been one of the best World Cup group stages in recent memory, and by the time it is said and done on Thursday, it could absolutely be the best in history. Here is a look at the four teams that have looked the best. Brazil and Argentina miss the cut even though they have been winning, because we have yet to see their best (although Neymar and Lionel Messi have been sublime to watch). The same goes for Germany and Belgium, while the jury is still out on Mexico and Costa Rica. 

The Netherlands won Group B handily, and they have shown that they can play in different ways. Their first two matches against Australia and Spain were attacking masterclasses, and their second-half display against the defending World Cup champions (who embarrassed Holland four years ago in the final) was the best 45 minutes we have seen a team play so far. Meanwhile, they played on the counter in their win over Chile. However, what is more is that the Netherlands seem to have a mental toughness about them that they haven’t had for a while now, and much of that is down to manager Louis van Gaal, who will join captain Robin van Persie at Manchester United when the World Cup is over. 

France hasn’t been far behind as they won Group E, and their first-half display against Switzerland was almost as good as Holland against Spain. Their attacking trio of Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Valbuena carved the Swiss apart, and Valbuena has been especially good in making people forget about the injured Franck Ribery. Can they carry it going forward remains to be seen, but France has played some lovely soccer so far in Brazil. 

Chile finished second to Holland in Group B and they complained a little as the Netherlands played more defensively that they expected when the two met, but those things happen in games and it doesn’t take the shine of Chile’s performance so far. Their best game was a 2-0 hammering of Spain that could have been even worse and sent the defending champs crashing out of the World Cup, and we knew about Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal coming into the World Cup. However, Jean Beausejour might have played his way out of relgated Wigan with his performance.

Colombia has been one of the surprises of the tournament as many wrote them off when it was announced that Falcao wouldn’t play because of his knee, but it has been James who has set the World Cup on fire. James, who also plays with Falcao at Monaco, powered Colombia to the top of Group C with three goals and two assists and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Europe’s giants started sniffing around the 22-year-old. However, it isn’t just James as Jackson Martinez and Juan Cuadrado have also played extremely well for Colombia, who now look like a solid darkhorse in Brazil. 

Odds To Win 2014 World Cup:

Algeria +20000

Argentina +400

Belgium +2000

Brazil +300

Chile +3000

Colombia +1050

Costa Rica +5000

France +800

Germany +400

Greece +8000

Mexico +1800

Netherlands +800

Nigeria +15000

Switzerland +5500

Uruguay +4000

USA +7500