Defending champion Germany out, who's the World Cup 'favorite' now?

It is a funny thing, favoritism. At any time really, and especially at the World Cup. We talk about favorites in sports and the reasons for that status is so often that it seems like the tag conveys a mythical benefit. Like an extra injection of pace into a player’s legs or, in the World Cup, a one-goal head-start. In truth, that’s rarely if ever the case, with the burden of expectation more often serving as a weighted jacket.



On Wednesday, Germany became the latest team to turn favoritism into a fallacy, ending its campaign more than two weeks sooner than it thought it would, with the ignominy of a last-place finish in Group F, behind Sweden, Mexico and South Korea. Such an outcome barely seemed possible a year ago, when the Germans sliced through the Confederations Cup with what amounted to a reserve team, nor at the start of this month, when it selected a squad so loaded with talent that a cache of genuine world-class stars were omitted.
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But favoritism is shaky here because it is based on unreliable factors. Because soccer is primarily a club game and national teams don’t play together very often, likely winners are usually picked based on the strength of a squad on paper. In reality, soccer is a game more reliant than any other on the collective meshing of pieces. Performances against inferior opposition, in situations far different from the World Cup mean that preconceived notions are often misleading, tilted or out of date.
Defending champion Germany out, who's the World Cup 'favorite' now? Defending champion Germany out, who's the World Cup 'favorite' now? Reviewed by OnePiece Times on 7:38 PM Rating: 5

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