Next summer's World Cup is set to take place in Brazil, with the host nation rightfully being placed as one of the favourites to take the crown but here we take a look at five other teams who could reach the latter stages and maybe even snatch the title of World Champions from Spain.
These five countries could make their countries proud and take them beyond the Group Stage and past the round of 16, and possibly pose a threat towards the stronger international teams if they dared to reach the latter stages.
Just as South Korea surprised us in the 2002 World Cup by reaching the semi-finals, only to lose out to Germany 1-0, courtesy of Michael Ballack's goal, there could be a World Cup in 2014 filled with surprises, as we look upon potential heroes.
The Japanese's form has been explanatory on the path on the Brazil, cementing their place as the dominant force in the Asian football internationally. Taking 17 points from their World Cup Qualifying group which also contained Australia, Jordan, Oman and Iraq, they look set to be a dark horse in world football's most prestigious competition going into the knockout stages and beyond.
Colombia have anything but qualified yet, however if they do we're looking at a real set of world class players. Boasting the likes of Ramadel Falcao and James Rodriguez their attacking force looks to be very dangerous, and could pose a threat to larger European nations looking to take home the crown.
Belgium will qualify for the World Cup, there's no questioning that. Rising to sixth on the FIFA World Rankings they look to be promising. Boasting a promising defensive, midfield and attacking force, they could potentially be dark horses in the World Cup, providing they play their cards right and no one in their first team succumbs to injury whilst representing their country. Topping their qualification table on twenty-two points, they could go past the group stages, and make it as far as the semi-finals, at least.
Argentina currently lie second in the FIFA World Rankings, behind Spain. You could argue that they could be potential winners on their home continent. Since the World Cup is hosted in Brazil they may not have the neutral backing they need as support for Brazil will most likely outweigh any foreign support. Argentina look set to mount a real challenge if they want to overcome the difficulty of playing in a rival country's land for the set duration of the World Cup. If they have an easy playing field, they could potentially reach the finals, or win it.
Germany currently lie third in the FIFA World Rankings, just behind Argentina. The domestic and European form of their club sides is impressive, while the national team continue to dominate their qualifying table with a team made up of a mixture of mature and young talent alike. Germany have shown promise in most World Cup's and will look to pry away the trophy from holders Spain, who defeated Netherlands in South Africa in 2010. Playing away from home is especially difficult, given the South American heat as well, but they will need to accustom themselves to it if they are to go far enough to pose a threat.
If you think anyone else has what it takes to take the World Cup out of Spanish hands let us know.
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