IAN Holloway says he is looking forward to the start of the 2014 World Cup.
The month-long tournament kicks-off tonight when five-time winners and hosts Brazil face Croatia in the opening game of Group A.
And the Millwall boss is tipping a team from the host continent to lift the trophy.
"I would imagine it would be one of the South Americans," he said.
"I think they have an advantage.
"They're used to the climate and the way they play in those conditions – and it is on their doorstep.
"You have to look at Brazil with the likes of Neymar, the talent they've got and you've got to look at the home support.
"It might act as pressure, but I don't think it will – they've got some wonderful quality.
"I think if Messi is fit, Argentina have a good chance. I like the look of the Dutch team also, I think they've got some talent.
"The way the Germans are setting themselves up, they'll be tough. There's Italy in our group who are always hard to break down and hard to beat – they've always got a goal scorer.
"I cannot wait to see what the best in the world are doing. I'm really excited about it – the game evolves all the time."
Spain have won three consecutive major international tournaments but Holloway feels their time has come and gone.
He said: "I think it'll be tough for Spain to win again because people know what they do now and others have had good practice at stopping that with counter attacking.
"They have world class players and they've proved it – they’ve won the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Cup.
"But they are getting older now – are their new generation any good? We will have to wait and see. If José Campaña is anything to go by, then yes they are – he's a fantastic player.
"I won't stay up and watch all of the games but I've bought a magazine, a tournament guide, so it better be good!"
"I'm looking forward to the tournament," Holloway added.
"I can remember watching the World Cup when I was younger and it inspired me. The Brazilians inspired me.
"I was three when England won the World Cup and I can remember my dad was dancing in the street, carrying me in his arms, and I thought: ‘what is going on!’
"I've never seen so many people so happy – hopefully that's what we will all be experiencing.
"I want football to prevail. I want the supporters of each nation to sit and cheer their team on — that's what football is about.
"I'm hopeful there will be some wonderful goals and brilliant games."