With the 2014 World Cup title Joachim Low added to his reputation as arguably the top coach anywhere. Low took over an underachieving German team and led them to their first World Cup in 24 years. Once again Low and the Germans are
World Cup sportsbook betting favorites. And understandably so as the top ranked team in FIFA. However, it has been 56 years since a World Cup champion repeated. With that in mind Low faces the ultimate challenge with his German squad. Public money believes a repeat is probable. But coaching prowess will not be lacking at the 2018 World Cup
2018 FIFA World Cup
Date and Time: June 14 through July 15, 2018
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Joachim Low took over the German national program and has never looked back. Germany is the top World Cup sportsbook betting pick thanks to his leadership. A career record of 106 wins, 29 draws and just 23 losses is eye popping. In addition to the 2014 World Cup Low has achieved many other honors. Germany finished third in the 2010 World Cup. Last year Low led the team to the FIFA Confederations Cup. Additionally, he was awarded as FIFA World Coach of the Year in 2014. Total Awards for his coaching could take several paragraphs.
Brazil is led by the 56-year-old Tite since 2016. A former midfielder he has coached a host of pro teams since 1990. Replacing the fired Dunga in June of 2016 he has 17 wins, three draws and just one loss. Interestingly enough Tite took a sabbatical in 2014 to re-learn the modern game. He returned refreshed and with a clear head. Now he leads the sportsbook online co-favorite to win the 2018 World Cup. With such a dominant record at Brazil Tite is a proven difference maker.
Spain is led by Julen Lopetegui. The 51-year-old mentor was a goalkeeper in his playing days. Following the retirement of Vicente del Bosque, he was named coach in 2016. Since taking over Spain he has posted a record of 12 wins, four draws and zero losses. Previously he led Spain U19 and Spain U21 to UEFA championships. Spain is considered an underachieving team with potential upside. As World Cup champions of 2010 Spain has the proof of its potential. Lopetegui is charged with maximizing what should be a world power.
Argentina is led 58-year-old by Jorge Sampaoli. Named head coach in 2017 he takes over a team also considered to be underachieving. Loaded with deep talent Argentina simply needs better leadership. Sampaoli has several coaching awards including 2015 COPA manager of the tournament. Further he was named South American coach of the year in 2015. Topping everything was his IFFHS World’s Best National coach in 2015. With such credentials confidence is growing in return to prominence by Argentina.
Matchup to Watch
Low enters World Cup sportsbook betting as king of the hill. His mastery of the international game remains unquestioned. No other coach matches the credibility of the German taskmaster. But that doesn’t mean he is only coach with brilliance. In fact, Low is the hunted man. Who topples him as the best remains to be seen. Sampaoli of Argentina could be his match.
World Cup Betting Odds Picks
While Germany is the favorite repeating remains difficult. Argentina is a team that could bring value.
World Cup Betting Online Pick: Argentina