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Group G


Federation: UEFA

FIFA World Rank: 2

Nickname: Die Mannschaft (The Team)

Coach: Joachim "Jogi" Löw

Player to know: Bastian Schweinsteiger, midfielder. Makes goals look way too easy.


Federation: CAF

FIFA World Rank: 37

Nickname: The Black Stars

Coach: James Kwesi Appiah

Player to know: Kwadwo Asamoah, midfielder. Ghana's best playmaker.


Federation:  UEFA

FIFA World Rank: 4

Nickname: The Selection of the Shields

Coach: Paulo Bento

Player to know: Cristiano Ronaldo, forward. FIFA World Player of the Year award winner in 2013, his 16 goals broke the Champions League record this last season.


Federation: CONCACAF

FIFA World Rank: 13

Nickname: The Yanks

Coach: Jürgen Klinsmann

Player to know: Michael Bradley, midfielder. The son of former USA head coach Bob Bradley, Michael is one of Team USA's most athletic players.


Germany and United States advance. (Because we're homers - but it'll probably be Portugal.)