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