Arsène Wenger thinks Brazil and Germany are the front-runners to win the World Cup in 2014.
Hosts Brazil are currently the bookmakers' favourites to win the tournament for the sixth time with Germany, Argentina and Spain also widely fancied.
The Frenchman believes home advantage could be a deciding factor but stopped short of ruling out the holders from retaining their crown.
You can't dismiss Spain because they have been so consistent and have such an experience in their side that you could say they will still be thereArsène Wenger
"Brazil plays at home in South America so usually it's a South American team who wins there," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "That will be a huge disappointment if Brazil don't win it and Germany could be the surprise maybe this time.
"You can't dismiss Spain because they have been so consistent and have such an experience in their side that you could say they will still be there.
"They have won two European Championships and the World Cup so they have already done something exceptional.
"You think can they push on to the World Cup? If they do, that is really the biggest team ever in the history of football if they manage to do that."
Belgium, who need just one point to secure their place in the finals, have been tagged as dark horses to go all the way next year but Wenger thinks the competition will come too early for Marc Wilmots' side
"I think they might need one World Cup experience to really get there and think we have the quality to do it," he said.
"It takes a little time but maybe for the next European Championship in France 2016 they will be one of the main contenders because if you look at the quality of their team and the names in their team it's absolutely amazing."Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 11 Oct 2013