Brazil 2014 - the country of football, the biggest football competition in the world.
Every international football fan waits every four years in the desperate hope for their nation to succeed. On the June 12, the eyes of the world will be set on Arena de Sao Paulo as La Selecao take on Croatia in the opening match of the World Cup.
Undoubtedly, the Brazilian side will make it out of the group stage but for many top level nations the line between making through to the last sixteen and going home is extremely slim.
'The Group of Death' - every edition has one, when three top sides must compete for two spots. This year's 'group of death' is group D, which features the 2006 world champions Italy, 2013 Confederation Cup semi-finalists Uruguay as well as England and Costa Rica.
This group features three teams ranked in the top 15 Fifa world rankings and will be the one to watch. In all probability, Italy, England and Uruguay will be fighting for those two spots but we should not count out Costa Rica as they have put in some great performances in the past.
Although they missed out on the 2010 World Cup, 'Los Ticos' are back after a strong qualification round where they placed both above Panama and Mexico.
Although Brazil are the favourite to win the tournament, both because of talent and home field advantage, Italy, England and Uruguay have amazing talents which could compete with any team if they are to make it through to the last sixteen. Suarez and Cavani, Balotelli and Pirlo, Rooney and Sturridge are all players that can pick out a pass or shoot and single handedly change the out come of a game. Group D will be a pleasure to watch as these football super-powers go head to head.
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