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Group B: Australia

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

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Group B: Chile

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

Group B: Netherlands

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

Group B: Spain

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

Group C: Colombia

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

Group C: Cote d’Ivoire

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

Group C: Greece

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

Group C: Japan

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

Group D: Costa Rica

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

Group D: England

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

Group D: Italy

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

Group D: Uruguay

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

Group E: Ecuador

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

Group E: France

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

Group E: Honduras

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

Group E: Switzerland

Fact - Switzerland are ranked by FIFA as the 8th best team in the world

Group F: Argentina

A blistering attack but leaky derence make thins interesting in South America

Group F: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Edin Dzeko will carry the hopes of this free-scoring nation in a tough group

Group F: Iran

Carlos Quieroz leads Iran into their fourth FIFA World Cup

Group F: Nigeria

2013 African Cup of Nations champions approach the tournament with confidence

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