Favourites in the eyes of many to lift the trophy on 11 July.
Will need to repeat the heroics of 1966.
Finish a point behind Brazil in qualifying.
A solid qualifying campaign that saw the Paraguayans win 10 matches has them in rude health ahead of the finals.
Will The Black Stars shine in South Africa?
Survived a 2-1 loss to Luxembourg in the qualifiers to make it to South Africa.
The Samurai Blue will be out to improve on their poor showing at Germany 2006.
The aristocrats of world football are looking for a sixth victory.
The Serbs impressed through the qualifiers.
Their run to the 2009 Confederations Cup final bodes well for a productive campaign in South Africa
Topped a qualifying group ahead of Portugal, Sweden and Hungary.
Are England ready to deliver under an astute Italian?
Defending champions who may prove more difficult to beat the longer they stay in the competition.
The Aussies went on a run of seven matches without conceding en route to the finals.
Not the force they were at Italia 90 but still formidable opponents in Group E.
Famously drew with hosts Spain 1-1 in their first ever match at the finals in 1982.
Have the ability to go far in World Cup 2010.
Made hard work of qualifying and may it difficult to emerge from Group G.
Les Elephants are tipped by many to make a real impact.
History tells us that the Germans should never be discounted.
Surprised many by getting past the Russians to book their finals place.
Steady progress in qualifying competitions saw the Slovaks finally get over the line and book their ticket to a major final for the first time.
The soccer Kiwis get their opportunity to grace the world stage.
Can Lionel Messi inspire Argentina to World Cup glory like one Diego Maradona did in Mexico '86?
Third finals appearance for the north African's but they still have not emerged from the group stage.