The 2014 World Cup is about to kick off and every team around the world is hoping for a strong performance from their national side. There can only be one team that can hoist the trophy and realistically only a few that are probably considered contenders.
With FIFA releasing their World Rankings last week, we’ve decided to release our Power Rankings of all 32 teams headed into the World Cup. Obviously there is very little to go on since the tournament hasn’t begun, and the warm-up games that have been played aren’t necessarily the best indicators.
“In general, I think it’s hard to take much from any of these warm-up games,” United States men’s national team midfielder Michael Bradley said, via U.S. Soccer’s website. “The teams are trying different things, different guys get put on the field in different spots.”
He has a point, teams are experimenting with different formations and combinations of players and aren’t necessarily concerned with winning the game. Much like preseasons in other sports.
We’ll continue to update our power rankings throughout the tournament so stay tuned.
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