Brazil favoured to win 2014 FIFA World Cup

Brazil was made a 3-1 favourite to win the 2014 World Cup it will be hosting. The Brazilians remained at the same odds after Friday's draw as they held going into it.

Host nation made 3-1 favourite to win tournament

Brazilian former soccer great and World Cup winner Cafu holds the ticket of Brazil during the draw ceremony for the 2014 World Cup in Costa do Sauipe near Salvador, Brazil, on Friday. (Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press)

Brazil was made a 3-1 favourite to win the 2014 World Cup it will be hosting.

The Brazilians remained at the same odds after Friday's draw as they held going into it.

Argentina was next at 9-2, barely up from 5-1 odds, according to the professional oddsmakers Keith Glantz and Russell Culver. Germany was 5-1, followed by defending champion Spain at 7-1.

The odds for the United States, placed in a difficult group with Germany, Portugal (30-1) and Ghana (175-1) for the first round, rose from 60-1 to 150-1.

"We're excited," U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard said. "We're looking forward to the challenge and we think we're a good team. We think we're a good team that can get better in a lot of areas. That's going to be the challenge for us and the motivation for us in the next six months."

France, at 20-1, sneaked ahead of top seeds Uruguay (25-1) and Switzerland (100-1) in the odds.

Other highly touted teams were Belgium (14-1) and Colombia (20-1).

The longest odds are 1,500-1 for Costa Rica, Honduras and Iran.

The Americans don't see themselves as long shots.

"We want to put ourselves in a position to get out of the group and that means getting points," Clint Dempsey said. " I don't look at it like we're the underdog, I just look at it like we want to get points in every game. I still think that our team has the quality that if we play our best ball, we can get out of the group."

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