And the winners of the 2014 World Cup are...

So which nation will be lifting the greatest prize in football next July 13th at the world famous Maracanã Stadium stadium in Rio de Janeiro?

Having won the World Cup on a record five occasions – home advantage will surely tip things in Brazil's favour to make it a sixth? If you believe the bookmakers’ odds it will be Brazil at around 3/1. This is understandable. Brazil are, without any shadow of a doubt, the strongest nation in the history of football.

DE ROSSI LEFT OUT

Italy’s Daniele De Rossi was one of the major omissions from the squad for the friendly match against Spain on Wednesday. This was one of the few matches to prepare for Italy ahead of the World Cup 2014.

However, Cesare Prandelli omitted De Rossi from the squad on the grounds of indiscipline. Roma were recently involved in a league match with Inter Milan and during that encounter De Rossi punched Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi in the face. This has led to a straight red card and a three match ban for the midfielder. Roma only managed a 0-0 draw with Inter Milan in that match.

ROAR WIN 2-1

Brisbane Roar edged a 2-1 victory over Adelaide United on March 8 as they played at the Suncorp Stadium and the positive result for Brisbane Roar has given them a 10 point lead over their nearest rivals.

The head coach of the club, Mike Mulvey stated that they have worked hard in order to get at the top of the league.

"Yes, we've got a bit of a lead, we accept that situation gladly" he told a Sports News website.

DE ROSSI HAILS ROMA

Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has said that the mentality shown by his team in this season has been quite brilliant. After being considered as challengers for the top three positions, Roma are now considered as a challenger for the title.

MOYES WANTED DE ROSSI

David Moyes recently revealed that he tried to sign the defensive midfielder Daniele de Rossi from As.Roma as he was a high profile target that could have solved some of their current problems.

Moyes said: “We certainly did think in the summer about bringing him here.I don’t think it went as far as a bid, because I think there was something to do with a deadline on his contract.But yes, he was a player we thought was a good player.”