Jamaicans favour Brazil, Germany to win World Cup
The Jamaica Observer ventured out onto the streets of Kingston to get the views of the public on who they think will win the Brazil 2014 World Cup, which kicks off today in Sao Paulo where the host face Croatia. Here are their views:
Steven Palmer, 24, unemployed: I think that Brazil will win the 2014 World Cup. Not only because they are playing at home but also they have the best players in the world playing in the team and of late they are playing better football.
Javan Walker, 30, taxi operator: Well, I think that it will come down to either Argentina or Brazil, but I would give Brazil the edge, mainly because of the home advantage and the strength of the their team.
Barbara Williamson, 39, market vendor: To me, Brazil is the biggest football team in the world. The players are very skillful and they have the potential to go all the way, not because they are playing at home, but they can go anywhere and beat you and so I think that they will win the World Cup this year.
Helen Bradley, 60, market vendor: The team that will win the 2014 World Cup is no other than Brazil. From I was little growing up, is just Brazil and I believe that they will go all the way.
Baruka Morris, 17, student at Jamaica College: I believe that Germany will take the World Cup. The team has some young talented footballers and their tactical formation is good and hard to beat.
Darrian Rose, 28, bearer: Brazil all the way. Brazil is the best team in the world and with Neymar in the best form of his career, their chances are well rated.
Sadiki Renford, 17, unemployed: When you say football, the only team that comes to mind is Brazil.
Kwame White, 36, Taxi Operator: I grew up come hear about Brazil, they have won the World Cup the most plus they are playing in their backyard and this makes it even harder for them to lose. I think that they will do the job this year.
Clive Mullings, 55, labourer: The biggest set of footballers come from Brazil. This current team is a very good team, they can defend and attack well. They can control possession of the ball in the midfield and so I believe that they will go all the way.
Fitzroy Francis, 54, carpenter: Germany will win the World Cup for sure. Based on history, Germany is always in the top-three more times than any other country and this shows that they are consistent which most team aren't.
Loreen Edmond, 49, dressmaker: The host will win. Brazil will have the home advantage and the style of their play is far more advanced than any other country, and so I am very confident that they will win the World Cup.
Wilbert Powell, 63, mason: I think that it is Argentina time to win the World Cup. Lionel Messi is one of the best players in the world and he has not delivered for his country in any of the World Cup so far and I am sure that this one he will shine and he will be the key to Argentina's success.
Paul Andrews, 42, barber: If you look at the history, better football playing takes place in Germany, and with this young talented Germany team, the World Cup is not beyond them. I believe that they will go all the way.
Shernette Thompson, 35, dressmaker: Without a doubt, Germany will lift the 2014 World Cup. They are overdue to win the World Cup now, they have been constantly knocked out in the semi-finals and I think that this the year they will take home the trophy.