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  1. 1. France Mexico Les Bleus have appeared in 12 final tournaments, Mexico's achieved their best-ever performances in the winning on home soil in 1998. Regular actors on the finals as tournament hosts in 1970 and 1986, reaching greatest stage of all, France also managed third-place the last eight on both occasions. finishes in 1958 and 1986, as well as fourth spot in South Africa 2010 is their fifth appearance in the finals 1982. in a row. On all four previous occasions they have bowed out in the Round of 16. South Africa Uruguay South Africa have failed to make it beyond the group stages in either of their two previous FIFA World Cup Uruguay will be appearing in the FIFA World Cup for appearances. Their first appearance was in France 1998, the 11th time at South Africa 2010.Uruguay hosted the six years after they had been readmitted to the global inaugural FIFA World Cup finals in 1930 and went on football family. Despite a 3-0 drubbing to France in to win the tournament after defeating Argentina 4-2 in their opening game, they went on to put a decent show the Final. against Denmark and Saudi Arabia, drawing against both. Argentina Greece Argentina have reached four FIFA World Cup Finals in Greece will be determined to improve on their showing all. They beat Netherlands in 1978 and Germany in at USA 1994, where they sank to group-stage defeats 1986 but lost to Uruguay in 1930 and to the Germans in against Argentina (4-0), Bulgaria (4-0) and Nigeria 1990 (2-0) and headed for home at the first hurdle Nigeria South Korea Korea Republic are the most frequent visitors from Asia Nigeria’s 3-0 waltz over Bulgaria in their USA 94 to the FIFA World Cup, and are set to make their eighth debut match was more remarkable given that the appearance this time in South Africa.The best result the Europeans went on to beat Greece, Argentina, Mexico Taeguk Warriors have achieved so far was at and Germany in the tournament Korea/Japan 2002, where they swept past European powerhouses Portugal, Italy, and Spain to reach the last four.
  2. 2. Algeria England South Africa will mark Algeria’s third appearance at a FIFA World Cup finals, and they will be looking to England have appeared at 11 previous editions of the graduate from the group stage for the first time in their global showpiece, including their debut at Brazil 1950. history. In 1982, they made history by defeating West Victors on home soil in 1966, their best performance Germany 2-1 and Chile 3-2, only to lose 2-0 to Austria outside their own shores came under the late Sir Bobby Robson at Italy 1990 when they lost on penalties to West Germany. Slovenia USA A nation of just two million people, Slovenia have The United States have taken part at nine FIFA World already punched above their weight to secure a place at Cups, with Mexico the only CONCACAF team this FIFA World Cup. When one considers that they involved in more editions of the showpiece event. Their knocked out Poland, Czech Republic and, finally, best finals performance came at Uruguay 1930, when Russia - population 142 million – to take their place in they exited at the semi-final stage. South Africa 2010 South Africa, the achievement becomes near- will be the United States' sixth consecutive finals miraculous appearance Australia Germany After a 32-year absence from the world stage, Australia Germany have won the FIFA World Cup three times made a strong statement at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, (1954, 1974 and 1990), a figure bettered only by Brazil reaching the knockout stage where it took a last-minute (5) and Italy (4). Apart from the 1930 and 1950 goal from eventual champions Italy to eliminate Guus tournaments, which they did not enter, Germany have Hiddink's team. contested every FIFA World Cup finals. Ghana Ghana were the youngest team at Germany 2006, with an average age of just under 24 years. Asamoah Gyan scored the fastest goal of the 2006 FIFA World Cup after 68 seconds in their 2-1 win over Czech Republic. It was also Ghana's first-ever goal in the finals.
  3. 3. Cameroon Denmark Cameroon have played in 17 FIFA World Cup matches, The Scandinavians missed out on both the 2006 FIFA the most of any national team from Africa. Their 1-0 World Cup in Germany and UEFA EURO 2008 in defeat of holders Argentina to kick off the 1990 FIFA Austria and Switzerland, but the FIFA founder World Cup is one of the great upsets in the history of members blazed an impressive trail en route to a berth the event. in South Africa this summer. Netherlands Japan In their eight finals appearances, the Oranje have reached the showpiece match twice, falling narrowly South Africa 2010 will be Japan's fourth FIFA World short of the global crown in 1974 and 1978. They also Cup finals, and their fourth in a row. Their best finish came in fourth at France 1998. came as hosts at Korea/Japan 2002, when they topped Group H ahead of Belgium, Russia and Tunisia to advance to the knockout stages for the first and so far only time. Italy New Zealand Italy have qualified for 16 of the 18 FIFA World Cup New Zealand have appeared on the world stage just finals, failing to book themselves a place in 1958 and once, with the qualification for the 1982 FIFA World having not opted to take part in the first edition in 1930. Cup™ considered one of the country’s most famous They have won the competition on four occasions, in sporting achievements. The squad attained stunning 1934, 1938, 1982 and four years ago in 2006. results including away wins in Australia, Saudi Arabia and China over a then-record 15-match qualification campaign
  4. 4. Paraguay Slovakia Paraguay will be making their eight FIFA World Cup While this may be Slovakia's first appearance on the finals appearance this year and their fourth in a row. La global stage, the country's footballing past is naturally Albirroja have never won two games at the same finals tied up with that of the former Czechoslovakia, who and have yet to progress beyond the Round of 16. In participated in eight finals overall. Czechoslovakia even those eight appearances they have won six matches, reached the final in 1934. drawn seven and lost nine Brazil Ivory Coast Brazil are preparing to contest their 19th Côte d'Ivoire were the only nation at Germany 2006 consecutive FIFA World Cup finals. They are the whose squad was made up of players entirely based at only country to have taken part in every edition of clubs outside their home country. the global showpiece. They are also the only They are the only team who have never failed to score country to have won the title five times: amassing a in a FIFA World Cup match. total of 64 victories, 14 draws and 14 defeats in 92 games played. North Korea Portugal After spending nearly 30 years in wilderness, the past After failing to progress past the first stage in 1986 and decade saw the revival of the nation's footballing 2002, Germany 2006 marked a return to FIFA World fortunes. With their women's football teams running Cup form for the Portuguese. Undefeated during the riot at all levels on the international scene, the men's group phase, they went on to overcome Netherlands side came close to qualifying for Germany 2006 before and England en route to the semi-finals, only to lose 1-0 successfully negotiating the road to South Africa 2010 to France and then go down to the hosts in the play-off for third place.
  5. 5. Chile Honduras Coached by the experienced Argentinian Marcelo Honduras return to global football's top table after 28 Bielsa, the Chileans qualified for the finals with some years away. Their only previous appearance at the ease, atoning for poor performances in the qualifying finals came at Spain 1982. Los Catrachos surprised the competitions for Korea/Japan 2002 and Germany 2006, world by drawing 1-1 with the hosts and then with when they finished ninth and seventh respectively Northern Ireland, before exiting the tournament after a defeat by the former Yugoslavia Spain Switzerland Spain have taken part in the finals of 12 FIFA World Cups and have not missed a single edition since failing In South Africa, Switzerland will be appearing at the to reach Germany 1974. La Roja's best performance at FIFA World Cup for the ninth time. The Swiss reached the global showpiece was a fourth-placed finish at the quarter-finals in 1934, 1938 and 1954. They were Brazil 1950. At senior international level, Spain have knocked out in the Round of 16 at the 2006 finals in two major titles to their name: the 1964 and 2008 Germany. European Championships. Serbia Serbia will be appearing at the FIFA World Cup independently for the first time in South Africa. They formed part of the Yugoslavia side that appeared at nine editions of the competition, and the Serbia and Montenegro team that competed at Germany 2006.