World Cup Advice
Spain Wins 2010 World Cup
FIFA's World Cup 2010 came and went in style and the odds-on favorites came through with a victory in South Africa.
Spain was the pre-tournament favorite ever since winning Euro 2008 and despite an opening-round loss against the Swiss, they rolled to victory, defeating Holland 1-0 in the final.
Right up until June, bettors could get Spain at +400, which was just slightly shorter odds than Brazil and Argentina. And after that opening loss, their odds dropped.
Andres Iniesto scored in extra time for the Spanish, who shrugged off a physical challenge from the Dutch. For soccer bettors, it was a great day for UNDER plays as many predicted a low-scoring match.
Overall, pre-World Cup odds for goal scorers were not kind to the favorites. Fernando Torres struggled and was benched, while his running mate David Villa ended up tied for the tournament lead with five.
Youngster Thomas Muller of Germany also scored five and earned the Golden Boot by adding three assists for the surprising Germans. They came to South Africa with a young squad and three times scored four goals in a match, including a shocking quarter-final rout of Argentina.
World Cup 2010 saw the return of Diego Maradona, who livened the event. It also witnessed the collapse of the French side, ripped apart by politics and internal bickering.
World Cup odds continue to make headlines as qualifying for the 2014 event in Brazil will commence soon. And you can immediately wager on which team will win World Cup 2014 by visiting the futures at OddsShark.com.
Brazil will host the 2014 event and there are already concerns about the pace of construction there. Can the South American nation get its act together to host a great games in 2014?
The home side would surely be a pre-tournament favorite playing in front of rabid home fans.
Of course, the World Cup is synonymous with football but the name extends to rugby and cricket as well as those World Cups happen in 2011. Rugby World Cup odds are available at most quality sportsbooks, including bodog and Bet365.com; ditto Cricket World Cup odds which produces huge wagering volume throughout the world.
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