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2014 World Cup draw: Team-by-team guide


2014 World Cup draw: Team-by-team guide
Goal takes a look at all the teams and star players who will strut their stuff in Brazil in June and documents their respective records in the tournament
ALGERIA
KEY PLAYER
Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Caf play-off victory against Burkina Faso
COACH
Vahid Halilhodzic
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Group Stage (1982, 1986, 2010)

ARGENTINA
KEY PLAYER
Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Won Conmebol qualification
COACH
Alejandro Sabella
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Winners (1978, 1986)

AUSTRALIA
KEY PLAYER
Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Runners-up in Asian Group B
COACH
Ange Postecoglou
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Round of 16 (2006)

BELGIUM

KEY PLAYER
Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Won Uefa Group A
COACH
Marc Wilmots
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Fourth place (1986)

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
KEY PLAYER
Miralem Pjanic (Roma)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Won Uefa Group G
COACH
Safet Susic
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
N/A - First appearance

BRAZIL
KEY PLAYER
Neymar (Barcelona)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Hosts
COACH
Luis Felipe Scolari
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)

CAMEROON
KEY PLAYER
Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Caf play-off victory over Tunisia
COACH
Volker Finke
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Quarter-finals 1990

CHILE
KEY PLAYER
Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Third in Conmebol qualification
COACH
Jorge Sampaoli
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Third place (1962)

COLOMBIA
KEY PLAYER
Radamel Falcao (Monaco)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Runners-up in Conmebol qualification
COACH
Jose Pekerman
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Round of 16 (1990)

COSTA RICA
KEY PLAYER
Joel Campbell (Olympiakos - on loan from Arsenal)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Second in Concacaf final round
COACH
Jorge Luis Pinto
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Round of 16 (1990)

CROATIA
KEY PLAYER
Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Uefa play-off victory over Iceland
COACH
Niko Kovac
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Third place (1998)

ECUADOR
KEY PLAYER
Antonio Valencia (Man United)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Fourth in Conmebol qualification
COACH
Reinaldo Ruela
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Round of 16 (2006)

ENGLAND
KEY PLAYER
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Won UefaGroup H
COACH
Roy Hodgson
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Winners (1966)

FRANCE
KEY PLAYER
Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Uefa play-off win over Ukraine
COACH
Didier Deschamps
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Winners (1998)

GERMANY
KEY PLAYER
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Won Uefa Group C
COACH
Joachim Low
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Winners (1954, 1974, 1990)

GHANA
KEY PLAYER
Kevin-Prince Boateng (Schalke)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Caf play-off win over Egypt
COACH
Kwesi Appiah
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Quarter-finals (2010)

GREECE
KEY PLAYER
Konstantinos Mitroglou (Olympiakos)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Uefa play-off win over Romania
COACH
Fernando Santos
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Group stage (1994, 2010)

HONDURAS
KEY PLAYER
Wilson Palacios (Stoke City)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Third in Concacaf final round
COACH
Luis Fernando Suarez
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Group stage (1982, 2010)

IRAN
KEY PLAYER
Javad Nekounam (Esteghlal)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Won Asian Group A
COACH
Carlos Queiroz
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Group stage: (1978, 1998, 2006)

ITALY
KEY PLAYER
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Won Uefa Group B
COACH
Cesare Prandelli
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Winners (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006)

IVORY COAST
KEY PLAYER
Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Caf play-off victory against Senegal
COACH
Sabri Lamouchi
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Group stage (2006, 2010)

JAPAN
KEY PLAYER
Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Won Asian Group B
COACH
Alberto Zaccheroni
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Round of 16 (2002, 2010)

MEXICO
KEY PLAYER
Javier Hernandez (Manchester United)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Inter-continental play-off victory over New Zealand
COACH
Miguel Herrera
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Quarter-finals (1970, 1986)

NETHERLANDS
KEY PLAYER
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Won Uefa Group D
COACH
Louis van Gaal
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Runners-up (1974, 1978, 2010)

NIGERIA
KEY PLAYER
Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Caf play-off victory against Ethiopia
COACH
Stephen Keshi
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Round of 16 (1994, 1998)

PORTUGAL
KEY PLAYER
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Uefa play-off victory against Sweden
COACH
Paulo Bento
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Third place (1966)

RUSSIA
KEY PLAYER
Igor Denisov (Dinamo Moscow)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Won Uefa Group F
COACH
Fabio Capello
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Fourth place *as Soviet Union* (1966)

SOUTH KOREA
KEY PLAYER
Song Heung-Min (Bayer Leverkusen)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Second in Asian Group A
COACH
Hong Myung-Bo
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Fourth place (2002)

SPAIN
KEY PLAYER
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Won Uefa Group I
COACH
Vicente del Bosque
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Winners (2010)

SWITZERLAND
KEY PLAYER
Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Won Uefa Group E
COACH
Ottmar Hitzfeld
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Quarter-finals (1934, 1938, 1954)

UNITED STATES
KEY PLAYER
Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Won Concacaf final round
COACH
Jurgen Klinsmann
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Third place (1930)

URUGUAY
KEY PLAYER
Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Inter-continental play-off victory against Jordan
COACH
Oscar Tabarez
BEST SHOWING AT A WORLD CUP FINALS
Winners (1930, 1950)
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