Star man: Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls)

One to watch: James Holland (A Vienna)

Qualified: Asia runners-up

Coach: Ange Postecoglou (above)

Best World Cup: Last 16 (2006)

Predicted group finish: 4

The Socceroos qualified from the Asian section but some terrible friendly results, plus a failure to truly refresh an ageing squad, cost German coach Holger Osieck his job. Getting out of the group phase may be the best they can hope for.


One to watch: Arturo Vidal ( Juventus)

Coach: Jorge Sampaoli (above)

Qualified: Third, South America

Best World Cup: Third (1962)

Predicted group finish: 3

Boast a good combination of experienced campaigners like Claudio Bravo, Pablo Contreras and Jorge Valdivia with exciting younger players including Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez. Demonstrated their potential by playing England off the park in a friendly last November.