5:50pm Tuesday 10th June 2014
WERE this World Cup taking place in Europe, it's quite possible that Germany would be clear favourites.
5:52pm Tuesday 10th June 2014
MUCH will depend on how Ronaldo, the reigning FIFA World Player of the Year, performs in Brazil.
6:22pm Tuesday 10th June 2014
FINISHING second behind Iran and ahead of three nations who have never ventured to a World Cup during qualification hardly warrants much praise, while their recent friendly results won't exactly strike fear into Belgium, Russia or Algeria.
6:18pm Tuesday 10th June 2014
THERE'S no doubt Russia should expect to at least reach the last 16 and the odds suggest it'll be between them and Belgium for the top spot in Group H.
6:13pm Tuesday 10th June 2014
ALGERIA are clearly no pushovers - as they proved in South Africa when conceding just two goals in a group including England, USA and Slovenia - but you just have to question whether they can do something they failed to do so four years ago and actually score one themselves.
6:10pm Tuesday 10th June 2014
IT'S certainly a one-off that a European team which has failed to qualify for a major tournament since the 2002 World Cup can generally be regarded as fifth favourites to win football's greatest crown - but I guess that's what happens when a perfect storm of a 'golden generation' comes together at exactly the right time.
6:00pm Tuesday 10th June 2014
USA know they've been dealt a tough hand in this group.
5:56pm Tuesday 10th June 2014
IT is an experienced Ghana squad which will tackle the 'group of death' in Brazil.
5:46pm Tuesday 10th June 2014
NIGERIA are a very hard side to weigh up.
5:42pm Tuesday 10th June 2014
IRAN enter the World Cup as underdogs in Group F and it's hard to see anything but an early exit.
5:37pm Tuesday 10th June 2014
I THINK Bosnia are going to be one of the success stories of this World Cup.
5:34pm Tuesday 10th June 2014
THERE is rightly lots of optimism about Argentina's chances of World Cup glory and I'm certain they will be one of the most entertaining teams to watch this summer.
5:20pm Tuesday 10th June 2014
THE decision not to pick Samir Nasri for the French squad is an indication of Didier Deschamps' ruthlessness, though the Manchester City midfielder's omission wasn't a major surprise.
5:13pm Tuesday 10th June 2014
IF France turn up with their A-game then Ecuador look like being in a straight shoot-out with Switzerland for the second qualifying spot.
4:51pm Tuesday 10th June 2014
SWITZERLAND will likely be fighting for second spot with Ecuador behind France in Group E.
5:30pm Tuesday 10th June 2014
MANY Honduras players ply their trade in England and Scotland; namely Juan Carlos Garcia and Roger Espinoza at Wigan, Maynor Figueroa at Hull, Wilson Palacios at Stoke, Emilio Izaguirre at Celtic and Arnold Peralta at Rangers.
5:22pm Friday 6th June 2014
FROM Stephen Hawking to your barber and every stop inbetween, everyone has an opinion on England.
5:33pm Friday 6th June 2014
IN the past, it's been pretty easy to know what to expect from Italy at a World Cup.
4:50pm Friday 6th June 2014
URUGUAY should prove an exceptionally difficult side to beat and represent a real obstacle for both England and Italy to overcome.
4:55pm Friday 6th June 2014
COSTA Rica were considered dark horses by some judges before the World Cup draw, and while it's not going to be easy for them, I'm keen not to rule them out.
4:31pm Wednesday 4th June 2014
IT'S hard to argue with odds of 150/1 about Japan going all the way in Brazil this summer as while they've become something of World Cup finals regulars since qualifying for the first time in 1998, they have only progressed beyond the group stage twice.
4:17pm Wednesday 4th June 2014
RANKED by FIFA as the 21st best team in the world, splitting Croatia and Scotland, and priced at 150/1 for World Cup glory, Ivory Coast are not expected to rip up any trees in Brazil this summer.
3:48pm Wednesday 4th June 2014
GROUP C's seeds qualified for the finals in tremendous style, the introduction of Argentinian manager Jose Pekerman after just three games clearly having a positive effect on the squad.
3:52pm Wednesday 4th June 2014
THERE'S a strong sense that moving on from Otto Rehhagel, who so famously guided the national side to European Championship glory in 2004, provided a boost to the Greece team and they impressed under Portuguese boss Fernando Santos when reaching the quarter-finals at Euro 2012 and during their World Cup qualification campaign.
3:32pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014
IT is a little harsh to be critical of a nation that is the reigning world and dual European champions but they did not get things all their own way in qualification.
3:55pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014
EXPECTATIONS for Australia are extremely low, and it would go down as one of the biggest shocks in the tournament's history were they to get out of a group which includes the Netherlands and Spain.
3:49pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014
CHILE certainly have something about them this year and can be considered one of the dark horses for a tournament staged on their own continent.
3:43pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014
THIS will be a fascinating swansong for Louis van Gaal at the helm for the Dutch national side ahead of taking over at Manchester United.
3:20pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014
THIS may be the weakest Cameroon squad to reach a World Cup finals. They could easily have missed out on qualification had Togo not selected an ineligible player, turning a 2-0 defeat for Cameroon into a 3-0 victory.
3:13pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014
MEXICO have gone out in the last 16 at the last five World Cups. They will be looking to finally go further but look to have a tough task just to match that achievement.
3:02pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014
BOASTING a squad that combines technical skill and plenty of industry, qualification from the group stage will be a minimum target for Croatia.
11:06am Tuesday 3rd June 2014
TOURNAMENT hosts Brazil are always an exciting team to watch but can the likes of Neymar, Hulk and David Luiz taste World Cup glory this year?
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