Many Ryerson students pick Spain, Italy as World Cup favourites

With all but one nation left to qualify, 31 teams have booked their tickets to Brazil to play in the 2014 World Cup.

After Portugal, France, Croatia and Greece filled the final European spots after Tuesday’s qualification games, the Ryersonian polled a handful of multicultural students at Ryerson University about the competition.

We asked who they would cheer for and also which side had the best chance of claiming the trophy.

Many students said the home advantage will push Brazil to its record sixth victory in the international tournament but the majority believe that Spain and Italy are favourites.

Spain has won the last three international tournaments (Euro 2008, World Cup 2010, Euro 2012) and is a strong favourite to continue dominating the international scene.

Italy last won the competition in 2006, defeating Zinedine Zidane’s France in the final.A victory in Brazil would put them level with the host nation for most World Cups won with five.

Here’s what the Ryerson students had to say:

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