World Cup 2014 â Get To Know The Teams
It’s almost crunch time; let us get acquainted with the teams that will be swarming our lives for the next one month in celebration of World Cup!
Let’s get one thing straight – from June 12th to July 13th, you’ll probably need to deal with boyfriends as well as girlfriends who are going to be glued to the TV on most nights.
The sweet game of football goes into overdrive every four years and this year, the 2014 World Cup is taking place in Brazil. We foresee lots of bleary eyes, football talk and jersey fashion in the coming weeks.
Speaking of jerseys, it’d be good to know the teams that will invade your screens and life. Get to know the nations and their official kit, all 32 of them!
Also known as Fennec Foxes, this is the nation’s second entry to the World Cup after debuting in 2010.
National pride at its best, Lionel Messi would be the man to watch.
Officially nicknamed Socceroos, the Aussies’ jerseys draw inspiration from the yellow colour worn by the nationals 40 years ago.
One of two teams to have a third jersey, the Belgians are considered to be one of the underdogs to watch this year! It is their first tournament in 12 years, so nothing short of greatness from this team.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
This will be Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first major tournament and many are waiting to see what this squad can do.
The other team with three jerseys for World Cup. The host and crowd favourite is sure going to heat things up with national support backing them up.
One of the more outstanding jerseys you’ll see on the field this year comes from this Cameroon team, which has qualified for the World Cup seven times.
Luck may not be on Chile side as they’ve been drawn in the same group as Spain and the Netherlands.
The dark horse of World Cup 2014. This formidable team has been picked as a contender to genuinely challenge for the trophy.
Not one to be underestimated! Despite being drawn in the same group as Uruguay, Italy and England, the Costa Rican team could give the top teams a good challenge.
The squad will be facing a tough opening match against Brazil!
It was a surprise to the nation when its team qualified for the World Cup and this would be its third appearance.
England has never made quite the impact they hoped at international level and this year’s expectation is low. But with the reduced pressure, this might just work in their favour.
The Les Blues has been under-performing but this team has both youth and experience on their side.
Much are expected of the German squad. They’re predicted to reach the finals this year!
This team head into the World Cup with confidence high and will be looking to cause serious upsets to top teams.
Not much is thought of the team than to make it through the group stage.
The Oranjes will probably be looking for revenge against Spain as they’ve been drawn in the same group. Four years ago, the Spaniard had beaten them to the trophy in extra time during the Final.
Meet the outsiders of World Cup.
Iran is one of the unknown entities of this edition of World Cup but they’re pundits favourite to steal a point or two in their group matches.
The Azzuri will not be among the favourites this year but they’re capable of inflicting damage on the heavyweight teams. They face Uruguay and England in the opening group match.
Ivory Coast is going into the tournament to rebuild their pride after having being knocked out in the group stages on the two occasions they qualified previously.
Asian representation – Japan has been put on the favourite to make it through to the second round and anything more will be a bonus.
This team is predicted to also make it to the second round.
African Nations cup holder goes in with a young side hoping to reach the second stages.
Not the strongest tournament favourite but Portugal is expected to go deep into the game with all eyes on Cristiano Ronaldo.
Even though the Russians’ history at the World Cup has been nothing but disappointing, the team will be looking to make an impression in Brazil.
This will be South Korea’s eight appearance at the World Cup. They will be hoping to replicate their thrilling 2002 run to the semi-finals.
World Cup champion, Spain returns as a crowd (and pundit) favourite and will be fighting hard to keep their title.
Drawn against Honduras and Ecuador, it’s going to be tough fight ahead. The Swiss will also be playing France in the group stages.
Soccer, they may call it. The Yanks go in with little expectations and if they do progress into the knockout stages, it’ll be a story to tell for years to come.
With Luis Suarez doubtful for World Cup, the team may not be able to make as big an impact as they would like. It’d still be interesting to see the team in action nevertheless!