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Date and Time:19/11/13 18:00
venue:Cairo
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Egypt Review:
Qualification history
The qualifying stages for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ produced some memorable battles and no little drama, as the Pharaohs can readily attest. After finishing the final round level on points and goal difference with arch-rivals Algeria, a play-off was held on 18 November 2009 in Sudan to decide who would go to South Africa. It turned out to be Algeria’s night, with a 1-0 win sending the Desert Foxes through at the expense of the reigning African champions.

FIFA World Cup finals history
Egypt have graced the finals of the FIFA World Cup on two occasions, both in Italy. The first occasion came in 1934, when they were the sole African team in the competition. However, with the tournament then employing a purely knock-out format, a 4-2 defeat to Hungary was enough to send them packing. In 1990 they qualified again and were drawn in Group F alongside England, Netherlands and Republic of Ireland but finished bottom of their section after two draws and a 1-0 reverse to England.

The current crop
The Pharaohs are currently enduring some very difficult times. Having won the previous three editions of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations (2006, 2008, 2010), Egypt’s failure to even qualify for the 2012 tournament after finishing bottom of a group containing South Africa, Niger and Sierra Leone came as a huge shock. Their elimination meant they would miss the continental showpiece for the first time since 1978, and also that the reigning champions would not even get the chance to defend their crown – a first in the tournament’s history. This failure unsurprisingly led to the resignation of national team coach Hassan Shehata.

The key players
No one could ever say Egypt is short on talent. The national team has an array of stars at its disposal, including midfield maestro Mohamed Aboutrika and Africa’s most-capped player, Ahmed Hassan. There is also a slew of other household names like Amr Zaki, Mohamed Zidan, the experienced Essam Al Hadari in goal and the top goalscorer of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, Mohamed Nagui.

Coach: Bob Bradley
Best performance in a FIFA competition: FIFA U-20 World Cup Argentina 2001 (Third place)
Former stars: Abdulrahman Fawzi, Mahmoud Al Khatib, Hani Ramzi

Ghana Review:
Qualification history
The Black Stars have not only impressed on the big stage in the last decade, but they have proved mostly diligent in qualifying for the last two FIFA World Cups™. In 2010 preliminaries, Ghana guaranteed their place in the finals after going unbeaten through their opening four matches of the final round. Worryingly for Black Stars supporters, Ghana were shakier in the previous round of qualifying, only topping the group on goal difference over Gabon and Libya after losing a match to both teams. In 2006 qualifying, they breezed through their group, avoiding defeat in each of their last nine matches after dropping the opener at Burkina Faso.

FIFA World Cup finals history
An impressive FIFA World Cup finals in 2006 saw the Black Stars beat the Czech Republic and the USA before being eliminated by Brazil in the second round, but they were the only African team to escape their group. In 2010, they were again the only side from the continent in the knockout rounds, and they equalled Africa’s best-ever performance by beating the USA to reach the quarter-finals. Ghana’s loss in a penalty kick shoot-out to Uruguay in the last eight was perhaps the most dramatic of the tournament, and they may well consider themselves as having unfinished business after Asamoah Gyan’s missed penalty kick denied them from becoming the first African side to reach the semi-finals of a FIFA World Cup.

The current crop
Keeping in mind a place in the final match of the 2010 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, it has been a good few years for the west Africans, even without the oft-injured Michael Essien, who is still without a doubt the talisman of the team. Speedy, technical and one of the most organised sides on the continent, Ghana’s one problem has been that they sometimes lack a cutting edge up front.

The key players
Besides Essien, three rugged midfielders are sure to hold things tight: Anthony Annan, Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng. Gyan continues to be vital in the striker spot, but there is also an entire generation of exciting young players coming through that won the U-20 FIFA World Cup in 2009.

Coach: Kwesi Appiah
Best performances in a FIFA competition: FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 (Quarter-finals), FIFA U-17 World Cup Italy 1991, Ecuador 1995 (Winners), FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009 (Winners)
Former stars: Abedi Pele, Samuel Kuffour, Ibrahim Sunday

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Date and Time:17/11/13 15:00
venue:Yaounde
Status:LIVE

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Cameroon Review:
Qualification history
Navigating a route through to the global showcase has become almost second nature for Cameroon, the traditional African giants having reached five of the last six final tournaments. Despite being regulars on the world stage, they were nonetheless made to wait for their initial breakthrough, testing themselves for the first time in 1970 but experiencing disappointment until finally making the cut in 1982. After missing out again in 1986, they then found the formula for consistent success, only falling short when a last-gasp penalty miss in their final game against Egypt deprived them of a place at Germany 2006.

FIFA World Cup finals history
Perhaps no team has done more to shake up perceptions of African football. The Indomitable Lions exited Spain 1982 at the group stage, but they ended their maiden excursion undefeated, having drawn 0-0 with both Peru and Poland and 1-1 with eventual winners Italy. Eight years later, they wrote themselves into the annals of the game by beating holders Argentina in the Opening Match and becoming the first African side to reach the quarter-finals, powered by the goals of evergreen striker Roger Milla. That breakthrough performance remains their finest showing, group-stage exits having followed in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010.

The current crop
Cameroon are still one of the most feared and respected sides on the continent, with iconic forward Samuel Eto’o perhaps destined to be regarded as the greatest African footballer of all time. Results since the turn of the century have done little to reflect the ability in their ranks, but after an under-par South Africa 2010 campaign and various internal problems, the Indomitable Lions will set off down the road to Brazil 2014 with genuine ambition. They will also boast a new generation of talent following the retirement of emblematic defender Rigobert Song.

The key players
In addition to the obvious charisma and goalscoring pedigree of Eto’o, Cameroon boast a number of gifted players in every department. Goalkeeper Carlos Idriss Kameni is a worthy successor to former No1s Thomas Nkono and Joseph-Antoine Bell, while the likes of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Stephane M’Bia, Achille Emana, Joel Matip and Alexandre Song have all spent numerous years honing their skills in Europe’s most prestigious championships.

Coach: Jean-Paul Akono
Best performances in a FIFA competition: FIFA World Cup Italy 1990 (Quarter-finals), Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Sydney 2000 (Winners)
Former stars: Roger Milla, Marc-Vivien Foe, Rigobert Song

Tunisia Review:
Qualification history
Morocco ended Tunisia’s first FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaign – the preliminaries for Chile 1962 – by edging a replay after a two-legged tie had failed to separate the north African rivals. History repeated itself eight years later, with the Moroccans prevailing in a one-match play-off to decide which of them would go through to the last phase, the Atlas Lions eventually going on to the world finals for the first time in their history.

In the qualifiers for Germany 1974, Tunisia overcame Egypt in the first round, only to lose to Côte d’Ivoire. The Eagles of Carthage redeemed themselves at the next opportunity, however, exacting revenge on Morocco in a penalty shootout to make their maiden world finals appearance at Argentina 1978. They failed to return to the big stage in their next four attempts, a barren spell ended by successive qualifications for France 1998, Korea/Japan 2002 and Germany 2006. The Tunisians looked all set to keep the run going at South Africa 2010, but after earning a seemingly decisive draw away to Nigeria they lost their final game in Mozambique and fell a point short of qualification.

FIFA World Cup finals history
Tunisia have taken part in the world’s greatest football competition on four occasions, the first and most successful of them coming at Argentina 1978. They became the first African outfit to win a FIFA World Cup finals match when they saw off Mexico 3-1 in their opening match in Group 2, their one and only victory in the competition to date. Defeat to Poland followed and though they earned a creditable 0-0 draw against reigning world champions West Germany, the Tunisians failed to make the next round.

In each of their three subsequent appearances they have drawn one game and lost two. The pattern began at France 1998, where a 1-1 stalemate with Romania followed defeats to England and Colombia. At Korea/Japan 2002 Tunisia’s solitary point came against Belgium and was sandwiched by defeats to Russia and Japan, and in Germany four years later they kicked off with a 2-2 draw against Saudi Arabia before coming unstuck against Spain and Ukraine.

The current crop
The Eagles of Carthage laboured to reach Equitorial Guinea/Gabon at the 2012 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, only securing passage on the final match day in what looked to be a fairly straightforward group. Once there, they faired somewhat better, making it into quarter-finals but fell to Ghana in a 2-1 defeat after extra-time. They reached the finals in South Africa a year later, but struggled in a tough group containing Côte d’Ivoire, Algeria and Togo, departing at the group stage.

The key players
Issam Jemaa, Amine Charmiti, Oussama Darragi.

Coach: Ruud Krol
Best performance in a FIFA competition: FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007 (Round of 16)
Former stars: Faouzi Benzarti, Sami Trabelsi, Youssef Zouaoui

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Date and Time:16/11/13 19:00
Venue:Casablanca
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Senegal Review:
Qualification history
Senegal had to negotiate the toughest qualifying draw in their history to finally reach their first FIFA World Cup™ finals. The Lions of Teranga successfully navigated a group that included Morocco, Egypt and Algeria to book their place at 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan. They have struggled under the weight of expectation since then, however, and lost out on finals berths to Togo in 2006 and Algeria in 2010.

FIFA World Cup finals history
Senegal’s FIFA World Cup debut was certainly worth the wait, as they turned out to be one of the revelations of Korea/Japan 2002. Bruno Metsu’s men started their campaign with a shock 1-0 victory over reigning champions France, before drawing 1-1 with Denmark and 3-3 with Uruguay to secure a place in the second round. The Lions of Teranga caused another major upset by beating Sweden 2-1 in the Round of 16, before eventually falling to an Ilhan Manziz golden goal in their quarter-final against Turkey.

The current crop
After a series of internal disputes, Senegal found some much-needed stability in 2009 when they appointed Amara Traore as coach. Traore’s arrival coincided with improved performances on the pitch, no doubt aided by a core of players with extensive top-flight European experience. With a strong forward line, solid defence and a renewed team spirit that has been missing since 2002, Senegal are finally starting to strike fear into their opponents once again, but missing out on the 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations demonstrates Senegal still has a lot of work to do.

The key players
The Lions have a formidable strike force, with Demba Ba and Moussa Sow posing a constant threat to opposition defences, and they are ably supported by striker Papiss Cisse. At the back, Kader Mangane and Souleymane Diawara form one of the strongest central-defensive partnerships in African football.

Coach: Alain Giresse
Best performance in a FIFA competition: FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan 2002 (Quarter-finals)
Former stars: Jules Bocande, Khalilou Fadiga, El Hadji Diouf

Ivory Coast Review:
Qualification history
Côte d’Ivoire had to wait 76 long years for their first appearance at a FIFA World Cup™ finals. Since their last-gasp qualification for Germany 2006, the Elephants have made huge progress and are now firmly established members of the African football elite. Their new-found status was confirmed when they qualified for South Africa 2010 with relative ease.

FIFA World Cup finals history
Côte d’Ivoire have never made it past the group stage of a FIFA World Cup finals, but it is perhaps worth pointing out that the draw has never been particularly kind to them. For their debut appearance in 2006, the Elephants shared Group C with Argentina, Netherlands and Serbia and Montenegro. They finished third in the pool, just as they did in South Africa four years later, when they were drawn alongside Brazil, Portugal and Korea DPR.

The current crop
Côte d’Ivoire are gradually establishing themselves as one of the most feared sides on the international scene with a vibrant team spirit and the addition of big names such as Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and Gervinho. The main concern for the fans, however, is that this hugely gifted generation – the most talented in the country’s history – could pass into the history books without winning a single trophy. The Elephants were runners-up at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations in 2006, finished fourth in 2008 and reached the quarter-finals in 2010 and 2013. However, they have so far been unable to match the exploits of the Côte d’Ivoire side that won Africa’s premier competition back in 1992.

The key players
Côte d’Ivoire boast some of the greatest individual talents in Africa. Forwards Drogba and Salomon Kalou are a formidable front pair, while midfield duo Didier Zokora and Yaya Toure perform key ball-winning duties in the middle of the park. Explosive winger Gervinho supplies service from both flanks, with Emmanuel Eboue and Kolo Toure providing a wealth of experience at the back.

Coach: Sabri Lamouchi
Best performances in a FIFA competition: FIFA World Cup Germany 2006, South Africa 2010 (Group stages), FIFA U-17 World Cup Canada 1987 (Third place), FIFA Confederations Cup Saudi Arabia 1992 (Fourth place)
Former stars: Laurent Pokou, Youssouf Fofana, Joel Tiehi

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Date and Time:16/11/13 16:00
Venue:Calabar
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Nigeria Details:
Qualification history
The most populous African country by some way, Nigeria’s high expectations start with advancing from Africa to the FIFA World Cup™ finals, and they have proven themselves adept at doing just that by reaching four of the last five events. The only exception was in 2006, when they paid for their lack of concentration by losing out on a place in Germany to Angola, a shock to the football-mad nation. With nerves jangled, Nigeria were tentative in qualifying for 2010. In the end, they were luckier than they had been four years before, but there was no question that they limped across the finish line. After drawing three of their first four matches in the final qualifying stage, Nigeria were against the ropes, but they were fortunate in the last round of matches to see Tunisia lose, while the Super Eagles showed all of their resolve to come from behind twice to win a wild 3-2 match in Kenya.

FIFA World Cup finals history
After impressing on their way to the second round in each of their first two FIFA World Cup appearances, 1994 and 1998, Nigeria have struggled since: going out at the group stage three times while taking just two points from their last eight matches in the finals. A muddled South Africa 2010 campaign under Lars Lagerback did little to bolster Nigeria’s reputation, but Brazil 2014 offers another chance for the Super Eagles to soar.

The current crop
Surely no side on the continent can overlook the track record of the Super Eagles, nor their rich pool of star players in waiting. They have been criticised for not dealing with the pressure on their shoulders sufficiently, but after triumphing at the 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations this new generation of players have surely disproved that notion and will be one of the favourites to progress.

The key players
At South Africa 2010, goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama proved himself once again invaluable in net, while AC Milan’s Taye Taiwo offers plenty of firepower from the left back position. Jon Obi Mikel should be the lynchpin in the green-clad midfield, and the attack can call on a range of promising options.

Coach: Stephen Keshi
Best performances in a FIFA competition: FIFA World Cup USA 1994, France 1998 (Round of 16), FIFA U-17 World Cup China 1985, Japan 1993, Korea Republic 2007 (Winners), Olympic Football Tournament Atlanta 1996 (Winners), FIFA U-20 World Cup Saudi Arabia 1989, Netherlands 2005 (Runners-up)
Former stars: Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Rashidi Yekini

Ethiopia Details:
Qualification history
One of the first African countries to participate in the FIFA World Cup™ qualifying competition, Ethiopia first attempted to reach the finals in 1962, and they have been fairly regular competitors in qualifying since without ever making a major mark. Going back to Korea Republic/Japan 2002, the Walya Antelopes showed potential in beating Burkina Faso 2-1 in the first leg of a qualifying tie before slumping to a 3-0 defeat in the return. Four years later, the tide was reversed as they lost 3-1 at home to Malawi before registering a scoreless draw away to the Flames. In the preliminaries for South Africa 2010, they came back from two defeats with victories home and away over Mauritania, including a 6-1 thrashing in Addis Ababa. However, those results were cancelled following the Ethiopia Federation’s exclusion from the competition.

The current crop
Ethiopia’s present form cannot match their heyday, when they won the CAF Africa Cup of Nations in 1962, but there are signs of progress for the east Africans. They will surely be hardened for the FIFA World Cup campaign by some rugged qualifying matches for the 2012 Cup of Nations.

The key players
Striker Said Saladin, who plays in the Egyptian domestic league, is the emblematic player of the Ethiopian team. Ethiopia can claim few overseas-based players, but their domestic competition is on the rise, and forward Umed Ukuri should give Saladin able support.

Coach: Sewnet Bishaw
Best performance in a FIFA competition: None
Former stars: Ydnekatchew Tessema, Luciano Vassalo, Mengistu Worku

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Date and Time:15/11/13 21:45
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Iceland Review:
Qualification history
Iceland’s national team have never appeared at the finals of the FIFA World Cup™, and their last attempt to qualify for the tournament in 2010 saw them finish bottom of their pool. The Icelanders’ few results of note during that venture included a 1-0 win over FYR Macedonia and a 2-2 draw with Norway.

The current crop
Iceland finished a disappointing UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying campaign, and already find themselves on the brink of elimination in a group dominated by Norway, Portugal and Denmark. Nevertheless, with an exciting new generation coming through, the future appears bright for Icelandic football. Their U-21 side recently achieved an historic qualification for the UEFA European Championship, and the team boasts a host of promising players already starring for clubs in top leagues around Europe, such as Gylfi Sigurdsson at Hoffenheim and Johann Gudmundsson at AZ Alkmaar.

The key players
Wide man/striker Gudmundsson and set-piece specialist Sigurdsson, the driving forces behind the U-21 team’s recent run of success, have both already made the step up to the seniors, and could well form the backbone of the team for some years to come.

Coach: Lars Lagerback
Best performance in a FIFA competition: None
Former stars: Eidur Gudjohnsen

Croatia Review:
Qualification history
After acceding to FIFA in 1992, Croatia entered qualifying for the 1998 FIFA World Cup™ in France and booked their ticket at the first attempt. Progress was smooth for a while after that as the Croats won their qualifying groups for both Korea/Japan 2002 and Germany 2006, but there was a major setback when they missed out on the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, finishing only third in their group behind England and Ukraine.

FIFA World Cup history
The Croats arrived for their maiden shot at the FIFA World Cup in 1998 as virtual unknowns, but were to prove one of the surprises of the tournament. They finished second in their group behind Argentina after losing 1-0 to the South Americans, but beating Jamaica 3-1 and Japan 1-0. A 1-0 win over Romania saw them through to the last eight and a meeting with Germany, where they stunningly won 3-0 to send the three-time world champions packing. Hosts and eventual winners France proved too strong in a 2-1 semi-final defeat, but the new boys crowned a dream debut by beating the Netherlands 2-1 in the third place play-off.

The next two tournaments proved thoroughly disappointing by comparison, as Croatia failed to survive the group stage at both Korea/Japan 2002 and Germany 2006.

The current crop
Despite their absence from the 2010 finals, Croatia are a match for anyone on their day. Their goal is to recapture the glory days of the late 90’s golden generation, of which he himself was a member. With many players playing regularly in the English Premier League and the German Bundesliga, the prospect of a place at Brazil 2014 is realistic.

The key players
Experienced captain Darijo Srna is a born leader, and playmakers Luka Modric and Niko Kranjcar can always be relied upon for moments of inspiration. Igor Stimac presides over a wealth of international-class attacking talent including Eduardo, Ivica Olic, Nikita Jelavic, Mladen Petric and Mario Mandzukic.

Coach: Niko Kovac
Best performance in a FIFA competition: FIFA World Cup France 1998 (Third place)
Former stars: Davor Suker, Zvonimir Boban, Robert Prosinecki

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Date and Time:15/11/13 21:45
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Ukraine Details:
Qualification history
Since gaining independence, Ukraine have made four attempts at reaching the FIFA World Cup™. They finished second in their group, behind Germany and above Portugal, in the France 1998 qualifiers, but lost their play-off 3-1 on aggregate to Croatia. It was a similar story four years later, when they ended their section in second place before falling 5-1 to the Germans over 180 minutes. It was third time lucky and a place at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, though, as the Ukrainians topped a pool including Turkey, Denmark and Greece, but they were defeated by the Greeks in a play-off for a place at South Africa 2010.

FIFA World Cup finals history
After losing their debut to Spain in 2006, Ukraine recovered to overwhelm Saudi Arabia 4-0, edge Tunisia and book a Round of 16 meeting with Switzerland. The game finished goalless and, despite the usually infallible Andriy Shevchenko missing their first penalty, Oleksandr Shovkovskyi saved two Swiss spot-kicks to help Oleg Blokhin’s men reach the quarters. There, they were beaten 3-0 by eventual champions Italy. Ultimately, though, it was a very positive maiden experience on the world stage for the Ukrainians.

The current crop
Blokhin returned to the hot-seat in April 2011, and his team have had mixed results since, with a victory over Uzbekistan preceding a 4-1 defeat by France. In their favour, they are an industrious outfit who never give opponents time or space. Letting them down is a capacity to fall apart once they fall behind. Additionally, they will have to fill the void Andriy Shevchenko’s post-UEFA EURO 2012 retirement will leave.

The key players
Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, a multifunctional midfielder, is the fulcrum of the Ukraine side. The Bayern Munich veteran is also one Blokhin’s few troops who plays his club football outside his homeland. Oleg Husyev is another hard-working member of the engine room, while Artem Milevskiy, whose quick feet belie his tall frame, is always a threat up front.

Current coach: Mikhail Fomenko
Best performance in a FIFA competition: FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 (Quarter-finals)
Former stars: Sergei Rebrov, Oleg Luzhny

France Details:
Qualification history
Having reached the last four final tournaments, France are currently enjoying their most consistent run of success in qualifying. Progress was not always so smooth, however, and before finding their rhythm Les Bleus missed out on Italy 1990, struggling to replace the gifted generation led by Michel Platini. Worse followed four years later when they experienced heartbreak on the road to USA 1994. Needing just a single point from their final two home outings, they lost to both Israel and Bulgaria, the latter defeat coming via a last-minute Emil Kostadinov strike. Automatic qualifiers as hosts in 1998 and as champions in 2002, France had to dig deep to reach Germany 2006, before requiring a controversial play-off victory against the Republic of Ireland to stamp their ticket to South Africa 2010.

FIFA World Cup finals history
France have always commanded respect on the global stage thanks to various legendary players and impressive performances dating back to 1930, but they made the leap to a whole new level in 1998. Whereas Platini, Alain Giresse, Jean Tigana and Co experienced agony at the semi-final stage in 1982 and 1986, the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Laurent Blanc and Didier Deschamps finally took Les Bleus all the way, lifting the Trophy on home soil. That was followed by a surprise group-stage exit four years later, but they came close to adding a second star to their shirts in 2006, only losing out on penalties to Italy in the Final. Without ‘Zizou’ in their ranks, France then made a forgettable tilt at South Africa 2010, disappointing their supporters both on and off the pitch.

The current crop
The French production line continues to turn out some of the most sought-after talents in the world game, but following in the footsteps of the 1998 world champions and 2006 runners-up has proved no easy task. Typically cited as among the favourites ahead of any major tournament, Les Bleus failed to win a single game at either UEFA EURO 2008 or the 2010 FIFA World Cup, a record the present generation will be anxious to draw a line under as they kick off their Brazil 2014 bid.

The key players
France boast solidity and strength in depth at the back, with a pair of top-drawer goalkeepers in Hugo Lloris and Steve Mandanda and a rearguard marshalled by experienced European campaigners Eric Abidal and Philippe Mexes. Further forward, Franck Ribery can produce moments of magic and Karim Benzema possesses a keen eye for goal.

Coach: Didier Deschamps
Best performances in a FIFA competition: FIFA World Cup France 1998 (Winners), Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Los Angeles 1984 (Winners), FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001, France 2003 (Winners), FIFA U-17 World Cup Trinidad and Tobago 2001 (Winners), and FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Rio de Janeiro 2005 (Winners)
Former stars: Just Fontaine, Michel Platini, Zinedine Zidane

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Date and Time:15/11/13 19:45
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Portugal Details:
Qualification history
Portugal’s journey to South Africa 2010 was full of ups and downs. Recording four draws and a defeat in their ten matches in Group A, they finished second behind section winners Sweden, which sent them into a two-leg play-off against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Narrow 1-0 wins home and away were all they needed, however, to check into the FIFA World Cup™ finals for the fifth time.

FIFA World Cup finals history
It was not until England 1966 that the Portuguese made their world finals debut, yet as entrances go it could hardly have been more impressive. Spearheaded by the irrepressible Eusebio, Portugal’s golden generation knocked out Brazil en route to the semi-finals, where they came up just short against the host nation. Their next appearance came at Mexico 1986, where they went out in the group phase, the same fate that surprisingly befell Luis Figo and Co at Korea/Japan 2002. It was an entirely different story at Germany 2006, where Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side, inspired by the in-form trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Figo and Deco, surged to fourth place. Less impressive was their campaign at South Africa, where they laboured into the last 16 before being beaten by eventual champions Spain.

The current crop
Since replacing Carlos Quieroz, coach Paulo Bento has gradually been imposing his style and winning over Portugal’s demanding fans. Yet, as was the case on the road to South Africa, their form in the UEFA EURO 2012 qualification competition was somewhat inconsistent, although they eventually reached the tournament via the play-offs. Bento has also made wholesale changes to the team, with only eight members of the 23-man squad that travelled to South Africa appearing in the Group H game against Norway. One thing that has not changed, however, is the importance of Cristiano Ronaldo to the side.

The key players
While Ronaldo is their go-to man, the new-look Seleção das Quinas do have a very talented core of players to support him, among them young full-back Fabio Coentrao, who excelled in last year’s world finals, Manchester United forward Nani, Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles, and the abrasive Real Madrid centre-half Pepe.

Coach: Paulo Bento
Best performances in a FIFA competition: FIFA World Cup England 1966 (Third place), FIFA U-20 World Cup Saudi Arabia 1989, Portugal 1991 (Winners), FIFA U-17 World Cup Scotland 1989 (Third place)
Former stars: Eusebio, Rui Costa, Luis Figo

Sweden Details:
Qualification history
Sweden boast a solid record of reaching FIFA World Cups™; in 17 attempts – having not entered in 1930 and earned a place as hosts in 1958 – they have qualified on ten occasions. However, they have a point to prove in the Brazil 2014 preliminaries, having missed out on South Africa 2010 after winning only half of their matches and finishing behind both Denmark and Portugal. The Swedes are ill used to such disappointment, having made it to four of the previous five FIFA World Cups, even surviving unbeaten through their entire 2002 preliminary campaign. They also have a record of upsetting some of the game’s traditional giants, twice qualifying at France’s expense – in 1970 and 1994 – and finishing ahead of eventual semi-finalists England in the preliminaries for Italy 1990.

FIFA World Cup finals history
Solid but unspectacular is probably the best description that could be applied to Sweden’s recent FIFA World Cup showings. On the up side, they have qualified from the group stage in their last three appearances; the down side, however, is that they have promptly fallen at the last 16 in both 2006 and 2002. Third place was achieved at USA 1994 though, emulating the Swedes’ bronze-winning showing in 1950. However, they will do well to match their best-ever showing, which came on home soil in 1958, when they went all the way to the final, only being outdone by the brilliance of Brazil and a young Pele.

The current crop
After close to a decade under Lars Lagerback, when the team became known for its direct and uncomplicated style, the arrival of Erik Hamren has signalled something of a revolution. The system has changed, with Lagerback’s tried and trusted 4-4-2 ditched for a 4-3-3 formation in which Zlatan Ibrahimovic leads the attack, and so too has the style, with Hamren preferring a more expansive approach.

The key players
Tempting the hugely talented Ibrahimovic out of international retirement has been a key success for Hamren, but the AC Milan star is not the only weapon in Sweden’s attacking armoury. Ola Toivonen is another powerful and skilful forward, while midfielder Kim Kallstrom has the ability to unlock defences and shoot powerfully from distance.

Coach: Erik Hamren
Best performances in a FIFA competition: Men’s Olympic Football Tournament London 1948 (Winners), FIFA World Cup Sweden 1958 (Runners-up)
Former stars: Gunnar Nordahl, Henrik Larsson, Thomas Ravelli

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Date and Time:15/11/13 19:00
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Greece Team:
Qualification history
Greece have made two appearances at the FIFA World Cup™ finals. The first was in 1994, when To Piratiko remained undefeated as they booked their ticket to the USA. Otto Rehhagel and Co required a tight play-off victory over Ukraine before sealing a berth at South Africa 2010, despite striker Theofanis Gekas finishing top scorer in the regular European qualifying competition with ten goals in 12 games.

FIFA World Cup finals history
The undoubted high point in Greek footballing history was their stunning triumph at UEFA EURO 2004 in Portugal, against which their record at the FIFA World Cup finals is distinctly modest. At USA 1994, they departed for home with no points and no goals following group stage defeats to Argentina (4-0), Bulgaria (4-0) and Nigeria (2-0). Some 16 years later, the trip to South Africa did produce a 2-1 win over Nigeria, but 2-0 defeats to Korea Republic and Argentina meant another group stage exit.

The current crop
The association and Rehhagel parted company after the disappointment at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, ending the German veteran’s nine-year tenure. His successor, Fernando Santos from Portugal, faces the challenging task of guiding a new Greek generation back towards the top of the world game. A first significant step on the road to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil would be successful qualification for UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

The key players
Captain and seasoned midfield general Giorgos Karagounis remains the dominant figure in the Greek line-up. Up front, Giorgos Samaras is being groomed to at least share the goalscoring burden with Gekas, who may need time to recover from a nightmare first half to 2011. At the age of just 20, talented attacking midfielder Giannis Fetfatzidis rates as the player to watch.

Coach: Fernando Santos
Best performances in a FIFA competition: FIFA World Cup USA 1994, South Africa 2010 (Group stages)
Former stars: Theodoros Zagorakis, Antonios Nikopolidis, Angelos Basinas

Romania Team:
Qualification history
Along with Brazil, France and Belgium, Romania were one of only four teams to compete in each of the first three editions of the FIFA World Cup™. Having been invited to play in the 1930 edition, Romania qualified for the 1934 tournament with a 2-1 win over Yugoslavia before qualifying by default in 1938 following Egypt’s withdrawal. A barren period followed, and Romania had to wait until 1970 for their next finals appearance.

Their most successful period in the competition came in the 1990s, when they qualified for three successive FIFA World Cups in 1990, 1994 and 1998. The new generation have so far been unable to scale the same heights, and Romania have failed to qualify for the past three FIFA World Cups.

FIFA World Cup finals history
Romania beat Peru 3-1 in their first match at the 1930 FIFA World Cup Uruguay, before going on to lose 4-0 against the hosts and eventual winners.

USA ’94 was undoubtedly the Tricolorii’s best FIFA World Cup showing to date. After finishing top of their group with wins over Colombia and United States, they pulled off one of the shocks of the tournament by defeating Argentina 3-2 in the Round of 16. Romania eventually went out at the quarter-final stage after losing on penalties to Sweden.

Four years later in France, they finished their group unbeaten before suffering the narrowest of defeats in the Round of 16 at the hands of Croatia.

The current crop
Romania have struggled in recent years to replicate the success of the 90s. The new generation’s goal has been to draw a line under the past and start competing at major competitions once again, and Victor Piturca made good early progress by leading Romania to UEFA EURO 2008.

However, his side were unable to maintain that forward momentum and failed to qualify for 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. Brazil 2014 represents Romania’s next chance for a long-awaited return to the world stage.

The key players
One of Romania’s biggest challenges in recent times has been to replace the old guard with new young talent. Defensive stalwart Christian Chivu recently retired from the international scene after 12 seasons and 75 caps, and his absence will certainly be felt.

Chivu’s retirement leaves Adrian Mutu as the only senior figure to guide a new generation of youngsters, who no doubt dream of emulating past greats such as Gheorghe Hagi, Dan Petrescu and Gheorghe Popescu.

Coach: Victor Piturca
Best performances in a FIFA competition: FIFA World Cup USA 1994 (Quarter-finals), FIFA U-20 World Cup Australia 1981 (Third place)
Former stars: Laszlo Boloni, Mircea Lucescu, Gheorghe Hagi

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Jordan Review:
Qualification history
Jordan’s bid to qualify for the finals began ahead of the 1986 FIFA World Cup™, when they came up against Iraq and Qatar. Subsequent qualification campaigns have been characterised by solid performances typically undone by a lack of top-flight experience. The closest the national side has come to reaching the finals was in 2006, when they let slip the chance to make history, losing to Iran and finishing runners-up in their first-round qualifying group.

The current crop
In recent years Jordan’s results have improved considerably, with the national team reaching the quarter-final stage of the 2004 AFC Asian Cup in China, then repeating the feat at the tournament’s 2011 edition in Qatar. A 10-1 aggregate triumph over Nepal sent them through to Asia’s third qualifying round for Brazil 2014, where they are expecting to make more of an impact than four years ago under Iraqi Adnan Hamad.

The key players
The team’s successes in Asia paved the way for a host of their players to develop their talents overseas. Odai Al Saifi and Abdullah Deeb have both moved to Europe and there has been an influx of Jordanian internationals in local Arab Leagues, including captain Hatem Aqel, vice-captain Bashar Bani Yaseen, Anas Bani Yaseen, Amer Deeb and Hassan Abdel Fattah.

Coach: Hossam Hassan
Best performance in a FIFA competition: FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 (Group stages)
Former stars: Jamal Abou Abed, Abdullah Abou Zamaa, Badran Al Shaqran

Uruguay Review:
Qualification history
Uruguay’s sterling efforts at South Africa 2010 made it even harder to fathom why they had qualified for the FIFA World Cup™ only once in the previous 20 years. Present at Italy 1990, La Celeste missed out on USA 1994 and France 1998, rejoined the global elite at Korea/Japan 2002 and were then denied a berth in Germany four years later by play-off opponents Australia. Finishing fifth again in the CONMEBOL qualifying group for South Africa 2010, they went down the play-off route once more, this time getting the better of Costa Rica to book their place.

FIFA World Cup finals history
Prior to the 1970s, when they began a lengthy period in the doldrums, Uruguay were widely regarded as one of the giants of world football. That status was founded on their two FIFA World Cup wins, the first of which came at home in 1930, and the second in Brazil 20 years later. That second triumph was secured by a shock 2-1 defeat of the hosts, a game since dubbed the Maracanazo after the name of the stadium where the Uruguayans stunned an entire nation. Their run to the semi-finals at Mexico 1970 was their last contribution of any real note at the finals until Diego Forlan and his cohorts advanced to the last four in South Africa last year, on what was Uruguay’s 11th appearance in the biggest tournament of them all.

The current crop
That Forlan-inspired fourth place was a timely morale-booster for the two-time world champions and restored their heavyweight reputation. They are now one of the hot favourites to win a place at Brazil 2014, especially with the host nation absent from the qualifying competition. And their impressive triumph at the Copa America in 2011, a record 15th title, also augurs well as Uruguay get set to try and live up to heavy expectations in FIFA World Cup qualifying.

The key players
There can be no argument as to who is the leader of the Charrúa pack. Forlan made off with the adidas Golden Ball in South Africa following some compelling displays. With Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani for company up front, Forlan can be expected to worry yet more defences over the course of the campaign. Bristling with intent up the field, Uruguay are also unflinching at the back, where skipper Diego Lugano sets the standard for others to follow.

Coach: Oscar Tabarez
Best performances in a FIFA competition: FIFA World Cup Uruguay 1930, Brazil 1950 (Winners), Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Paris 1924, Amsterdam 1928 (Winners), FIFA U-20 World Cup Malaysia 1997 (Runners-up), FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Rio de Janeiro 2006 (Runners-up), FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011 (Runners-up)
Former stars: Roque Maspoli, Alcides Ghiggia, Enzo Francescoli

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Mexico Details:
Qualification history
Just as at the start of every four-year cycle, Mexico are clear favourites to secure one of the available North, Central America and Caribbean Zone berths for the next FIFA World Cup™. Having already appeared at 14 editions of the final tournament, El Tri have successfully negotiated the last five consecutive istalments of CONCACAF qualifying – a sequence that has fans of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup champions already taking their presence at Brazil 2014 for granted.

FIFA World Cup finals history
With Victor Manuel Vucetich now at the helm, everyone involved with Los Aztecas will be keen to avoid the ups and downs that dogged them on the road to the 2010 FIFA World Cup – a campaign that featured three changes of coach before Javier Aguirre got the Mexicans back on track and on the plane to South Africa. There, Los Tricolores reached the Round of 16 for the fifth consecutive finals, only to bow out against Argentina, Mexico’s conquerors at the same stage of Germany 2006. That exit left a hollow feeling in the hearts of El Tri’s followers, who had been hopeful their country would reach the quarter-finals and match their performances on home soil in 1970 and 1986.

The current crop
Expectations are high for the Tena era, with the fanatical Azteca fans sure to expect nothing but the best from the coach. Those in the know in Mexico have said that the current national team is the most talented in history, a suspicion backed up by the side’s recent run to their sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup title. Coming back from a 2-0 deficit to beat USA 4-2 in the final in Southern California is surely an apt example of just how dangerous this Mexico side can be.

Vucetich relies on a blend of big-name veterans such as Rafael Marquez, Carlos Salcido and Ricardo Osorio, as well as a host of members of Mexico’s youthful “Golden Generation”. The latter crop can now expect an ever-greater burden of responsibility on their shoulders, given that many ply their trade in Europe’s biggest leagues and boast FIFA World Cup experience from South Africa 2010.

The key players
There can be little doubt that Mexico’s current leading man is one of Planet Football’s hottest young goalgetters, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, who has won legions of admirers thanks to his abundant charisma and a prolific first season at Manchester United and his top-scorer showing at the recently concluded Gold Cup. Throw in the quality of Giovani dos Santos, winger Andres Guardado, Hector Moreno, as well as the gifted youngsters striving to emerge in the always-demanding Mexican league, and you have a talent pool capable of giving El Tri fans plenty to cheer about ahead of Brazil 2014.

Coach: Victor Manuel Vucetich
Best performances in a FIFA competition: FIFA Confederations Cup Mexico 1999 (Winners), FIFA U-17 World Cup Peru 2005 (Winners)
Former stars: Hugo Sanchez, Jorge Campos, Cuauhtemoc Blanco

New Zealand Details:
Qualification history
New Zealand endured a 28-year absence from the FIFA World Cup™ before reaching South Africa 2010 with a drama-charged intercontinental victory over Bahrain. The 1-0 aggregate scoreline may have been on a knife-edge throughout but even that could not compare with the All Whites’ adventures in reaching Spain 1982. The Kiwis played a then-record 15 matches to qualify, including a remarkable 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in Riyadh when anything less would have resulted in elimination. There followed a character-filled 2-1 play-off win over China PR in neutral Singapore, to deny the world’s most populous nation their first appearance on the world stage.

FIFA World Cup finals history
New Zealand were dealt the toughest draw imaginable for their FIFA World Cup debut. The Kiwis were forced to open against a Scotland side featuring some of their all-time greats, before meeting USSR and rounding out their campaign against a vintage Brazil, and the likes of Zico and Eder. It was little surprise that the amateur New Zealanders were unable to secure a point but they took solace from two goals in a 5-2 defeat against Scotland. Incredibly the All Whites completed South Africa 2010 as the only unbeaten team, although draws against world champions Italy, Paraguay and Slovakia, meant elimination at the group stage.

The current crop
The All Whites have had limited opportunities to test their new found self-assurance on the international stage since South Africa 2010. An inability to find the net has been a recurring theme in the few matches they have played, despite coach Ricki Herbert often starting with three forwards. While age is likely to prevent some of the key personnel from South Africa 2010 featuring at Brazil 2014, a host of new faces is likely to see the All Whites enjoying greater depth than has previously been the case.

The key players
Captain Ryan Nelsen is the team’s leader in every sense and his performances in the heart of defence are constantly of a high standard. The only question mark is the advancing years of a body which has suffered numerous injuries. Striker Shane Smeltz has a prolific goalscoring record at club level and, with the ability to score a wide variety of goals, is a classic No9. New Zealand are well stocked in the goalkeeping department, highlighted by Mark Paston, who demonstrated his qualities under pressure both in South Africa and in the qualifiers.

Coach: Ricki Herbert
Best performances in a FIFA competition: FIFA World Cup Spain 1982, South Africa 2010 (Group stages), FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009 (Round of 16)
Former stars: Wynton Rufer, Steve Sumner, Steve Wooddin