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GROUP C

IVORY COAST

Star man: Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

One to watch: Wilfried Bony (Swansea)

Coach: Sabri Lamouchi (above)

Qualified: Africa play-off winners

Best World Cup: Group stage (2006, 2010)

Predicted group finish: 2

The African nation possess plenty of goal threat from Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou,Wilfried Bony and Yaya Toure. They have struggled to transfer that into success at major tournaments, despite regularly being one of their continent’s standard-bearers.


JAPAN

Star man: Keisuke Honda (AC Milan)

One to watch: - Shinji Kagawa (Man Utd)

Coach: Alberto Zaccheroni (above)

Qualified: Asia group winners

Best World Cup: Last 16 (2002, 2010)

Predicted group finish: 3

Stormed to qualification in their pool, and Alberto Zaccheroni has moulded them into a strong squad. Three defeats out of as many games at the Confederations Cup last summer leaves them open to question about their top-level credentials.