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2014 World Cup

  • World Cup country profile: Iran

    Iran topped Asian qualifying Group A to book their ticket to Brazil, and a fourth appearance on football’s biggest stage where they will take on African champions Nigeria, Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina and a potentially tricky Bosnia.

  • World Cup country profile: Italy

    Italy have a proud World Cup pedigree having won the tournament four times, but after crashing out in the first round in 2010 the Azzurri will be desperate to make amends when they travel to Brazil.

  • World Cup country profile: Japan

    Japan didn’t qualify for a World Cup until 1998, but since then have been ever-present in the finals, twice reaching the knockout stages. They topped Asian qualifying Group B ahead of Australia to become the first team to reach Brazil, and have been rewarded with a place in the competitive looking Group C alongside Colombia, Ivory Coast and Greece. ...

  • World Cup country profile: Mexico

    Mexico are football’s great underachievers, a country crazy for the beautiful game, where huge crowds flock to see the national team, and yet they so nearly missed out on a 2014 World Cup place.

  • World Cup country profile: Netherlands

    The Netherlands were runners-up to Spain in 2010 and fate has thrown the two teams together again in the first match of 2014’s Group B, providing a mouth-watering match that will capture the world’s imagination.

  • World Cup country profile: Ivory Coast

    Ivory Coast boast some outstanding individual talents, but have yet to gel convincingly on the world stage and Brazil 2014 will offer some of their so-called “Golden Generation”, a last shot at World Cup glory.

  • World Cup country profile: Nigeria

    Nigeria comfortably qualified for their fourth World Cup in five tournaments, remaining unbeaten in six group games and a two-leg play-off win over Ethiopia.

  • World Cup country profile: Honduras

    Honduras will be taking part in their third World Cup finals when they kick-off in Brazil against France on the 15th of June

  • World Cup country profile: France

    France reached the finals in dramatic circumstance overturning a 2:0 deficit to beat Ukraine 3:2 in the European qualification play-off.

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