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Oliver Bierhoff Downplays Prospect of European 2014 World Cup Victory

Germany manager believes European team unlikely to win World Cup in Brazil next summer.

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Germany national team manager Oliver Bierhoff has dampened expectations of a European team winning the World Cup next summer according to Bild.

Germany are one of the favourites going in to the tournament but the Bierhoff believes it is unlikely a team from Europe will lift the trophy in next year’s tournament in Brazil.

Bierhoff’s statement is backed up by statistical analysis of the history of the tournament. No European side has ever won the World Cup when it has been hosted in either North or South America.

The former AC Milan star believes the conditions in Brazil will not be suited to players from European countries.

Bierhoff is currently the manager of the German national side, a position created during Jurgen Klinsmann’s reign in charge of the national team.

While Joachim Low carries coaching and matchday responsibilities for the team, Bierhoff is the man placed in charge of dealing with the media.

German fans are currently optimistic regarding their chances of doing well in the tournament with the side currently being able to call upon the talents of the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Ozil and Toni Kroos.

Bierhoff did however state that a win for Germany in the Confederations Cup tournament could provide them with the momentum needed to see a European side finally lift the trophy on American soil.