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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Beckenbauer for Brazil

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- German legend Franz Beckenbauer, a World Cup winner both as a manager and a coach, singled out holder Brazil as his favorite to lift the trophy in France next summer.

"I believe that Brazil are the candidates," said Beckenbauer.

Beckenbauer, now Bayern Munich president, admitted, however, that the Brazilians might be hampered by having only played friendly matches in recent months while "other teams have played more difficult games."

Aside from Brazil, Beckenbauer said he thought England, France and Italy had a good chance.