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Group D

COSTA RICA

Federation: CONCACAF

FIFA World Rank: 28

Nickname: Los Ticos

Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto

Player to know: Keylor Nevas, goalkeeper. Has absolutely no fear of getting up, down, out, and in to stop a shot. And he'll likely get plenty of work.

ENGLAND

Federation:  UEFA

FIFA World Rank: 10

Nickname: The Three Lions

Coach: Roy Hodgson

Player to know:  Wayne Rooney, forward. Assuming he brings everything he's got, he can change a game single handily.

ITALY

Federation: UEFA

FIFA World Rank: 9

Nickname: Azzurri (The Blues)

Coach: Cesare Prandelli

Player to know: Mario Balotelli, forward. The 23 year-old striker is so good he ordered a life size statue of himself for his home.  

URUGUAY

Federation: CONMEBOL

FIFA World Rank: 7

Nickname: La Celeste (The Sky Blue One)

Coach: Óscar Tabárez

Player to know: Luis Suárez, forward. As SB Nation put it, "a complete player's complete player."

PREDICTION

Italy and Uruguay advance.

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