Star man: Aleksandr Kerzhakov (Zenit St Petersburg)

One to watch: Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow)

Coach: Fabio Capello (above)

Qualified: Europe group winners

Best World Cup: Fourth (1966)

Predicted group finish: 2

Coach Fabio Capello has benefited from focusing on Russia’s domestic league, with CSKA Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg providing most of his players. That approach means he has quickly got to know his squad, and has instilled a discipline that saw them go 12 hours without conceding a goal at one point.


Star man: Son Heung Min (Bayer Leverkusen)

One to watch: Koo Ja Cheol (Mainz)

Coach: Hong Myung Bo (above)

Qualified: Asia group runners-up

Best World Cup: Fourth (2002)

Predicted group finish: 3

Will probably never come close to matching their semi-final appearance from 2002, when then-coach GuusHiddink was able to take his squad for intensive boot camp-style training for six months before the tournament. Coach Hong Myung Bowas part of the 2002 vintage, and will hope to recreate some of that mentality in Brazil.