Germany second favorites to win World Cup
It doesn’t seem that long ago when everyone had all but written off Germany’s chances of winning the World Cup. Klinsmann couldn’t coach and surf at the same time, the defense was more vulnerable then the Maginot Line, and some players were really lacking in the World Cup willy department. But with a metatarsal break here, a Jens Lehmann penalty kick save there and some money being wagered everywhere, suddenly Germany is now second favorite to win the whole enchilada. That is according to BetandWin, Germany’s largest private bookmaker, which has the home team with 8-1 odds, second only to Brazil’s 4-1 odds.
England’s odds have gone from 7.5-1 to 8.5-1 after Wayne Rooney’s little mishap. Italy are 9-1 and Argentina 10-1.
Obviously Germany will benefit from playing on its home soil, but will that advantage be enough to lift a team that otherwise couldn’t possibly be considered the second best in the tournament? I guess we’ll find out in about a month.
One thing that is for sure, even with Brazil the consensus favorite, this World Cup is going to be wide open and could be won by any number of teams. I didn’t think it could be possible but I am more excited about it now than ever before and I’ve been blogging about this thing since the Dark Ages back in December. I have a feeling this is going to be a tournament for the ages.