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Group A


Federation: CONMEBOL

FIFA World Rank: 3

Nickname: Seleção (The Selection)

Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari

Player to know: Neymar, forward. Fleet footed star of Barcelona. Also the star of Dr. Dre's Beats commercial


Federation: CAF

FIFA World Rank: 56

Nickname: Les Lions Indomptables (The Indomitable Lions)

Coach: Volker Finke

Player to know: Charles Itandje, goalkeeper. 6'4". 198 lbs. Big in the box. 'Nough said.


Federation:  UEFA

FIFA World Rank: 18

Nickname: Vatreni (The Blazers)

Coach: Niko Kovač

Player to know: Luka Modrić. Helped lead Real Madrid to the Champions League trophy. Had cool long hair before cutting following the league final.


Federation: CONCACAF

FIFA World Rank: 20

Nickname: El Tri

Coach: Miguel Herrera

Player to know: Oribe Peralta, forward. Scored 5 goals against New Zeland in the qualifying playoff that allowed Mexico into the World Cup.


Brazil and Mexico advance.