Star man: James Rodriguez (Monaco)

One to watch: Adrian Ramos (Hertha Berlin)

Qualified: Second, South America

Coach: Jose Pekerman (above)

Best World Cup: Last 16 (1990)

Predicted group finish: 1

Playing the finals in South America should be an advantage for Pekerman’s side. In Inter Milan’s Fredy Guarin, they have one of the most sought after midfielders around. Allied to the creative talents of Monaco’s James Rodriguez, they will feel capable of reaching the quarter-finals for the first time.


Star man: Georgios Karagounis

One to watch: Konstantinos Mitroglou (Fulham)

Coach: Fernando Santos (above)

Qualified: Europe play-off winners

Best World Cup: Group stage (1994, 2010)

Predicted group finish: 4

Goals have been a problem, so the pressure will be on Georgios Samaras and veteran Dimitris Salpingidis to deliver up front, particularly if Greece can keep things tight at the back as they have done throughout qualifying.