Star man: Neymar (Barcelona)

One to watch: Oscar (Chelsea)

Qualified: Hosts

Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari (above)

Best World Cup: Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)

Predicted group finish: 1

Success at the Confederations Cup last summer has raised hopes of a record-extending sixth World Cup triumph on home soil. Scolari has a successful track record, after guiding them to their fifth crown in Japan and South Korea 12 years ago.


Star man: Samuel Eto’o

One to watch: Alex Song (Barcelona)

Coach: Volker Finke (above)

Qualified: Africa play-off winners

Best World Cup: Quarter-finals (1990)

Predicted group finish: 4

They may be a way off emulating the ground-breaking Cameroon side of 1990, but they remain a competitive force. Samuel Eto’o is still the figurehead for the side, although his best days are well behind him, with Stephane Mbia, Alex Song and Jean Makoun also playing important roles.