Odds on the World Cup Finals

In the matchup between Germany and Argentina this year, history has managed to repeat itself once again. The last time Germany was able to lift the World Cup was in 1990, when West Germany defeated Argentina in a 1-0 victory. That game was a rematch of the final in 1986, when Argentina managed to win their second World Cup in history. Since German Reunification later that year, they have yet to win the tournament. Messi and the rest of Argentina will be looking for revenge in this year’s final, hoping to keep the World Cup away from Germany.

With Brazil eliminated from the tournament, their South American rival now looks to capture this revenge, but that would upset the odds. The rest of the world bets on soccer as much as Americans complain about it - probably more, on second thought. There are a ridiculous variety of bets that can be placed on a soccer game. One can bet on the number of corner kicks at half time and full time, who will have more corner kicks at several points in the game, which side will get the first corner, which side will get the first corner of the second half; these aren’t even all the corner kick bets. 

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Futbol's Final Four

As the end of the World Cup draws nears, only four teams remain in the competition. Tomorrow, Germany and Brazil face off for the right to advance into the Finals. The following day, Argentina and the Netherlands will play for that very same right. Both of these games look like great matchups, especially considering the way all these teams have played in the tournament thus far.

Players’ performances in the World Cup tend to garnish the attention of clubs throughout Europe, and clubs will spend the money to secure the services of a new player. Colombia’s James Rodriguez, still leading the scorers’ table with six goals, has already been linked with a $90 million transfer to Manchester United after his blistering performance in the World Cup. With only the semifinals and the finals left, there are only a few players who might just catch his total.

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Rebuilding the Maginot: France vs. Germany

On the 4th of July, European powerhouse teams France and Germany will meet in the Estadio de Maracana of Rio de Janeiro. Germany came into the tournament highly ranked at 2nd. The French team, on the other hand, came in ranked by FIFA as the 17th best team, below the United States. Looking at the past history of these two teams might explain the gap in these rankings.

Since the 2006 World Cup, in which they finished 2nd after the infamous Zinedine Zidane headbutt, France has struggled to get results on the field. In the 2008 UEFA European Cup as well as the 2010 World Cup, they were eliminated in the group stages without even winning a game. 

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