No european nation has ever won the World Cup when the tournament was held in South America.
However, Dietmar Hamann believes his country, Germany, can achieve what has been an impossible feat so far.
The former international midfielder believes that the flair of the current crop of German players, combined with traditional traits such as resilience and discipline, makes them his tip to lift the trophy in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium next July.
Hamann, who is in Singapore to meet fans at the Oktoberfest Asia beer festival, told The Straits Times yesterday: "If I were the manager of a fantasy team, I would pick many players from this Germany side.
"This is the strongest squad they have had for years. They can win the World Cup in Brazil."
Hamann had a successful club career with Bayern Munich, Newcastle and Liverpool. Known as a tactically disciplined defensive midfielder in his heyday, he was an integral member of Rudi Voeller's side that lost the 2002 final 0-2 to Brazil.
Then, Germany were full of graft and efficiency but short on flair, which was provided only by attacking midfielder Michael Ballack.
But the firepower available to current Germany coach Joachim Loew, from Mario Goetze to Mesut Oezil to Thomas Mueller, has made this team into a perfect blend of steel and skill.