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Little is expected but Samuel Eto'o will want to make an impact at his last World Cup

Luka Modric is the standout player in a squad or experienced stars

A squad made from largely domestic-based players has more spirit than ability

Ageing stars have yet to strike a balance with younger squad members

Free-flowing attacking football but without the stars for serious impact

Louis Van Gaal's last tournament before heading to Manchester United

Reigning champions are strong in every department but doubts are starting to appear

The form and fitness of Monaco striker Falcao will dictate Colombian hopes

A strong squad on paper will need to perform as a team unit on the pitch

Since their shock win at Euro 2004, Greece have been on the international football radar

Appearing in a fifth tournament in a row this is a chance for Japan to establish themselves as a serious force

A strong defence is about to come up against serious attacking talent

Expectations, for a change, are low but England could yet do well

Not a classic Italy squad but write the four-time champions off at your peril

A youthful squad will hope to start well and progress to later stages

Fact - Switzerland are ranked by FIFA as the 8th best team in the world

A blistering attack but leaky derence make thins interesting in South America

Edin Dzeko will carry the hopes of this free-scoring nation in a tough group

Carlos Quieroz leads Iran into their fourth FIFA World Cup

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