Countries such as Brazil, Spain and Germany steal the spotlight with regards to the World Cup. We discuss 5 nations that could unexpectedly upset the giants of world football
Belgium- Perhaps underrated by some due to a lack of major success in previous years;
However there is no doubt that Belgium continue to produce a crop of incredibly talented young players.
Players such as Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Vincent Kompany are known as being some of the most dangerous players in the Premier league.
Marc Wilmots’ men will be looking to continue their exceptional unbeaten form from the World Cup qualifiers, and if their star players show up, the will surely have a successful 2014 world cup campaign.
Key Player- Eden Hazard
Ivory Coast - Despite being considered one of the strongest African sides, Ivory Coast are far from the first name people think of when asked about who will win the World Cup.
They could consider themselves lucky with their group, missing some of the real heavy weights, but still possess real quality.
They possess a real attacking threat, as well as multiple quick and powerful players and could find themselves doing well in Brazil.
Key Player- Didier Drogba
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Their first major tournament qualification as an independent nation means that Bosnia and Herzegovina don’t perhaps have the pedigree of some nations.
However, they looked extremely strong in qualifying, conceding a mere 6 goals in 10 matches.
They have slowly been climbing up the FIFA rankings and now sit at a very respectable 19th, and after seeing themselves drawn with Argentina, Nigeria and Iran - Bosnia and Herzegovina surely feel confident about qualifying.
Key Player- Edin dzeko
Switzerland - Undefeated in qualifying will surely give the Swiss players and manager hope for a promising World Cup campaign.
They possess multiple young, talented footballers that appear to play together very well, but will have to get past a tricky group containing Ecuador, France and Honduras.
Switzerland have never done too well in the World Cup, but players such as Xherdan Shaqiri, Tranquillo Barnetta and Eren Derdiyok will have Swiss fans hoping that 2014 will be their year.
Key Player- Tranquillo Barnetta
Croatia - A disappointing last two World Cups may have disheartened many Croatian fans, but there is no denying their quality.
They possess quality and experience throughout their squad, led by the prolific Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic and the incredibly talented Luka Modric.
I believe the current Croatian team is the closest to reaching the ‘Golden Generation’ that secured 3rd in the 1998 world cup, and could cause a fair few upsets in Brazil.
Key Player- Mario Mandzukic
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