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Arsenal legend Parlour tips Brazil to win W’Cup

Arsenal legend, Ray Parlour, says hosts Brazil have the brightest chance of winning the 2014 World Cup.

Parlour, who won three league and four FA Cup titles in a 14-year span with the Gunners, was in Lagos on Sunday courtesy of telecommunications operator, Airtel Nigeria, as part of the Arsenal team to the inauguration of Airtel Premier, a product crafted to enhance success in the professional and personal lives of its customers.

The former England international said though the odds favoured five-time champions Brazil, he added that defending champions Spain and Germany were strong contenders for the trophy as well.

“I believe a South American team will win it and I think Brazil have the brightest chance. Don’t forget they also have the support of their home fans and they are playing very well right now,” Parlour said.

The footballer turned pundit added, “Aside Brazil, Spain and Germany have very strong teams, who could give the Brazilians a good fight for the trophy. The Germans are very strong and highly technical. They stand a good chance.

“If there is a chance for an outsider, it has to be Belgium because they have a very good squad with a lot of them playing in the English Premier League and other top leagues across Europe.”

But Parlour was sceptical about the chances of African representatives – Nigeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Algeria – in Brazil.

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