The FIFA World Cup history clearly tells us that none of the European countries in their past seven attempts, has yet won a World Cup final game at the Americas. However, this record faces a serious threat of being broken during this year’s tournament at Brazil.
While games played in foreign grounds have long been a matter of struggle, the fast pacing globalization and technology advancement in the recent times in area of sports have not left any specific advantage to the teams playing on their home grounds, lately. Looking at the recent past, in the 2010 World Cup, 3 out of 4 of the semi-finalists were European teams and European teams have won 6 out of the last 7 Club World Cups.
It’s been lately observed that the South American players have migrated to Europe in large numbers, which simply means they might as well not feel significantly more at home while playing in Brazil than their European competitors. As far as the weather conditions are concerned, the Europeans are given warm-weather training to help them adapt to Brazil’s weather. While humidity can be somewhat of an issue in a couple of host cities, the temperatures can be mostly similar to a warm European summer.
Moreover, the European teams have been close to witness success in previous World Cups held in the Americas. For example Czechoslovakia was pretty close to winning the hosts Brazil in the final game of 1962 final, only to later face a 3-1 defeat. Argentina had a tough time defeating West Germany in the 1986 final held at Mexico. Netherlands also came to bagging the championship for 1978 against hosts Argentina in Buenos Aires.
With all these considerations the European teams stand at par with the South American teams for the odds of winning the title and breaking the record of “not yet winning the finals on the grounds at the Americas”.