With the World Cup less than 40 days away, the footballing world will descend on Brazil, let's examine each individual nation, focusing on the nation, likely squad to go, key player, player to watch and the manager. This is focusing on Nigeria.

Nigeria finished bottom of their group with one point at their last World Cup, so there is a bit of work needed to improve on last time. If they can make it through their group will be a big boost for the team. With Argentina, Iran and Bosnia in their group there will be an element of belief that they could qualify but who knows exactly. Stephen Keshi will be looking to motivate his squad on doing just this and make look respectable, they have a number of well-known players, can they perform on the biggest stage.

The probable squad of 23:

Goalkeepers - Vincent Enyeama (Likely No.1) Chigozie Agbim and Austin Ejide

Defenders - Elderson, Efe Ambrose, Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Kenneth Omeruo, Juwon Oshaniwa, Joseph Yobo, Kunle Odunlami

Midfielders - John Obi Mikel, Ahmed Musa, Ejike Uzoenyi, Ogenyi Onazi, Victor Moses, Shehu Abdullahi, Nosa Igiebor and Fegor Ogude

Forwards - Victor Obinna, Emmanuel Emenike, Shola Ameobi and Imoh Ezekiel

Key player - John Obi Mikel has been a bit of a forgotten man at Chelsea, with Nigeria in a group they could qualify from. If he can put a good showing on and lead Nigeria to a successful run, it will remind teams of his talents.

Player to watch - Ahmed Musa, the CSKA Moscow winger, has blistering pace and has developed into a regular player there. With an attack that may lack goals, Musa's ability to score and trouble defences will prove crucial to Nigeria's success,

The manager - Stephen Keshi was appointed in 2011 and has success already leading Togo to the World Cup in 2006, but was sacked in the lead up to that World Cup.

However, as Nigeria coach, he has led them to the 2014 World Cup but also won the 2013 African Cup of Nations, plus gave an impressive showing at the 2013 Confederations Cup against Tahiti, Uruguay and Spain. With a group that Nigeria potentially could qualify from he will be looking to do his best for Nigeria and improve on the last World Cup's showing at least.

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Shola Ameobi