Little is expected but Samuel Eto'o will want to make an impact at his last World Cup

Luka Modric is the standout player in a squad or experienced stars

A squad made from largely domestic-based players has more spirit than ability

Ageing stars have yet to strike a balance with younger squad members

Free-flowing attacking football but without the stars for serious impact

Louis Van Gaal's last tournament before heading to Manchester United

Not a classic Italy squad but write the four-time champions off at your peril

Reigning champions are strong in every department but doubts are starting to appear

The form and fitness of Monaco striker Falcao will dictate Colombian hopes

A strong squad on paper will need to perform as a team unit on the pitch

Since their shock win at Euro 2004, Greece have been on the international football radar

Appearing in a fifth tournament in a row this is a chance for Japan to establish themselves as a serious force

A strong defence is about to come up against serious attacking talent

Expectations, for a change, are low but England could yet do well

Suarez and Cavani will cause any team trouble, but can rest of team step up?

Occasional over-performers Korea could struggle to exit the group stages

Fabio Capello's Russia are built on solid defensive foundations

Normally so impressive on home turf (9,000ft sbove seal level) they will need to adapt fast to survive

Plenty of talent and a demand to do better than the disaster of 2010

A youthful squad will hope to start well and progress to later stages


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