Show me the numbers!
The stat heads over at 538 say Brazil, Spain, and Germany are the favorites.
The FIFA world rankings have Germany, Brazil, and Belgium as the top three.
If the Bovada odd's makers know anything, they have Brazil, Germany, and Spain listed 1-2-3.
If history is any guide:
2014 winner Germany (no one has defended a title since Brazil won 1958 and 1962)
2010 winner Spain (won 1 time so far)
2006 winner Italy (they didn't qualify this year)
2002 winner Brazil (won 5 times so far)
1998 winner France (won 1 time so far)
Looking further back into history, the only other nations to ever win a World Cup:
Argentina (1986, 1978)
Uruguay (1950, 1930)
From listening to sports people, Brazil, Spain, and Germany are the clear favorites. But in breaking news today, the manager of Spain has just been sacked.
Getting some mention are Belgium and France for having a collection of solid top level players.
Also mentioned are Portugal and Argentin…