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The hosts and pre-tournament have quality all over the pitch
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
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
Not a classic Italy squad but write the four-time champions off at your peril
Suarez and Cavani will cause any team trouble, but can rest of team step up?
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
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