FIFA World Rank: 8
Nickname: Los Cafeteros (The Coffee Growers)
Coach: José Pékerman
Player to know: Teófilo Gutiérrez, forward. No Radamel Facao thanks to a torn ACL means Gutiérrez gets the spotlight. Immature? Maybe. But at one point he led both Columbian and Argentinean leagues in scoring.
FIFA World Rank: 12
Nickname: Piratiko (The Pirate Ship)
Coach: Fernando Santos
Player to know: Kostas Mitroglou, forward. May be returning from a faulty knee that didn't help him score any goals since November 19th. Has to prove that $20 million dollar contract with Fullham wasn't a waste.
FIFA World Rank: 23
Nickname: Les Elephants (The Elephants)
Coach: Sabri Lamouchi
Player to know: Yaya Touré, defender. Has won 3 straight African Footballer of the Year awards. That's pretty good.
FIFA World Rank: 46
Nickname: Blue Samurai
Coach: Alberto Zaccheroni
Player to know: Keisuke Honda, midfielder. MVP of the 2011 Asian Cup, Japan's offense runs through him.