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Post Thu Dec 12, 2013 4:34 am
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Group D
Costa Rica

Coach: Oscar Washington Tabarez
Star man: Edinson Cavani
Tournament best: Winners 1930, 1950
The Copa America holders struggled to qualify, needing a play-off against Jordan to book their place after narrowly missing out on the top four of the South American qualifying section. With players like Cavani and Luis Suarez, though, they have more than enough ability to cause problems. Won the World Cup the last time it was held in Brazil, back in 1950.

Coasta Rica
Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto
Star man: Bryan Ruiz
Tournament best: Last 16 1990
Seized upon Mexico's struggles to follow the United States as the pacesetters in the CONCACAF section, but going any further than the group stage will be a lot to ask.

Coach: Roy Hodgson
Star man: Wayne Rooney
Tournament best: Winners 1966
England are still looking for the magic formula which will get them past the quarter-final hurdle for only the second time since they lifted the trophy on home soil. Despite concerns raised about the quality of the current squad, they topped their group without losing a game and were among the top four highest scorers in the European qualifying zone.

Coach: Cesare Prandelli
Star man: Mario Balotelli
Tournament best: Winners 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006
Prandelli's team performed well in reaching the euro 2012 final and would love nothing more than to equal Brazil's record of five World Cup successes on Brazilian soil.

Group G

Coach: Joachim Low
Star man: Mesut Özil
Tournament best: Winners 1954, 1974, 1990 (all as West Germany)
Arguably Europe's best hope of bringing the trophy back from South America. Low's side is littered with players steeped in top-level experience and this may be the time for Mesut Özil, Thomas Muller, Schweinsteiger et al to make the final step at international level.

Coach: Paulo Bento
Star man: Cristiano Ronaldo
Tournament best: Third 1966
In Ronaldo Portugal possess a player worthy of gracing the game's biggest stage but therein lies their problem as they rely so heavily on the Real Madrid forward's unquestionable star quality. Frequently unstoppable but when the world's best defenders can isolate him he has few team-mates who can make the difference.

Coach: James Kwesi Appiah
Star man: Asamoah Gyan
Tournament best: Quarter-finals 2010
Ghana have often been the standard-bearers for African football and their controversial heartbreaking last-eight exit on their home continent at the last World Cup prevented them making history. Captain Gyan provided most of the goals in qualifying but midfielder Michael Essien, despite his injury problems, remains a pivotal player while the likes of Kevin-Prince Boateng, Sulley Muntari and Andre Ayew provide considerable experience.

United States
Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
Star man: Clint Dempsey
Tournament best: Third 1930
Klinsmann struggled initially to make his mark but his team ultimately qualified with comparative comfort. Reaching the quarter-finals looks like a realistic goal.

Both Have Shockingly bad groups WILL WITH BOTH GET OUT OF THE GROUP STAGE?

Post Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:36 pm
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I think Australia also got a really bad group!

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