Michael Ballack tips Brazil, Germany and Spain for World Cup
German veteran Michael Ballack, who missed out on a place in the 2002 World Cup final through suspension, has tipped his country to succeed at this year's tournament.
Having had to watch from the sidelines twelve years ago as Brazil picked up a fifth world crown, Ballack also suggested that Spain and the 2014 hosts can lift the sport's most famous trophy. He told fifa.com: "They've had a few difficult years with the national team recently , there's no doubt about that: so much is always expected of Brazil teams."
"But at the Confederations Cup, they proved what they can produce at home. That is why they're one of the favourites for the trophy."
"It's tough for anyone to be successful in South America. No European country has won a World Cup there and it's not going to be easier for the European teams these days either. Along with Spain, though, Germany are on another level from most others. We'll have to wait and see how the other contenders perfrom , but Germany certainly deserve to be counted among the favourites."