Snapshot team guides

There are plenty of guides to the teams going to the World Cup but here is a quick and dirty guide. Minimalist,  but to the point. There are a lot of teams going so it’ll be good to refer back to this post throughout the tournament so you’re in the know 24/7! Also… I tried to find the goofiest photo while keeping the players recognizable because let’s be perfecly honest… none of us look like superstars when we’re playing football (except Pirlo… He’s perfect) 😀

Algeria

Nickname: Fennec Foxes (Desert foxes)

FIFA rank: 25th (3rd in Africa)

Star man: Sofiane Feghouli – 24 years old (winger for Valencia)

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Best ever finish: Group Stage (1982, 1986, 2010)

Form coming into World Cup: Amazing (5 wins, 0 draws, 1 loss)

 

Argentina

Nickname: La Albiceleste (The White and Sky-Blue)

FIFA rank: 7th (4th in South America)

Star man: Lionel Messi – 26 years old (Midfielder for Barcelona and FOUR time FIFA World Player of the Year)

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Best ever finish: Champions! (1978, 1986)

Form coming into World Cup: Really good! (9 wins, 5 draws, 2 losses)

 

Australia

Nickname: Socceroos

FIFA rank: 59th (5th in Asia)

Star man: Tim Cahill – 34 years old (Midfielder for New York Red Bulls)

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Best ever finish: Last 16 (2006)

Form coming into World Cup: Not horrible (3 wins, 4 draws, 1 loss)

 

Belgium

Nickname: Les Fukers (The Red Devils)

FIFA rank: 12th (8th in Europe)

Star man: Vincent Kompany – 28 years old (Central Defender for Manchester City)

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Best ever finish: Fourth (1986)

Form coming into World Cup: Basically perfect (8 wins, 2 draws, 0 losses)

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nickname: Zmajevi (The Dragons)

FIFA rank: 12th (8th in Europe)

Star man: Edin Dzeko – 28 years old (Striker for Manchester City)

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Best ever finish: Maiden Appearance!

Form coming into World Cup: Really ****ing good! (8 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss)

 

Brazil

Nickname: Canarinhos (Little Canaries)

FIFA rank: 4th (1st in South America)

Star man: Neymar – 22 years old (Winger for Barcelona and the face of this World Cup)

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Best ever finish: Record Five time World Champions (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)

Form coming into World Cup: Didn’t have to qualify since they are the host nation.. but they did win the Confederations cup in a final vs. Spain 3:0 in a very surprising victory.

 

Cameroon

Nickname: Lions Indomptables (Indomitable Lions)

FIFA rank: 50th( 8th in Africa)

Star man: Samuel Eto’o – 33 years old (Striker for Chelsea)

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Best ever finish: Quarterfinals (1990)

Form coming into World Cup: Good! (4 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss)

 

Chile

Nickname: La Roja (The Red)

FIFA rank: 13th (5th in South America)

Star man: Arturo Vidal – 26 year old (Midfielder for Juventus)

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Best ever finish: Third (1962)

Form coming into World Cup: Seemingly went for 3 points or none (9 wins, 1 draw, 6 losses)

 

Colombia

Nickname: Los Cafeteros (The Coffee Growers)

FIFA rank: 5th (2nd in South America)

Star man: James Rodriquez – 22 years old (Midfielder for Monaco)

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Best ever finish: Last 16 (1990)

Form coming into World Cup: Pretty darn good (9 wins, 3 draws, 4 losses)

 

Costa Rica

Nickname: Los Ticos (The Ticos… deal with it.)

FIFA rank: 34th (4th in North America)

Star man: Brian Ruiz – 28 years old (Forward for PSV Eindhoven)

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Best ever finish: Last 16 (1990)

Form coming into World Cup: Could hardly be better (5 wins, 3 draw, 2 losses)

 

Cote d’ Ivoire

Nickname: Les Elephants (The Elephants)

FIFA rank: 21st (1st in Africa)

Star man: Yaya Toure – 31 years old (Midfielder for Manchester City)

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Best ever finish: Group Stage (2006, 2010)

Form coming into World Cup: Excellent (4 wins, 2 draws, 0 losses)

 

Croatia

Nickname: Kockasti (The Chequered Ones)

FIFA rank: 20th (13th in Europe)

Star man: Luca Modric –  28 years old (Midfielder for Real Madrid)

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Best ever finish: Third place (1998)

Form coming into World Cup:

 

Ecuador

Nickname: Amarillos (Yellows)

FIFA rank: 28th (6th)

Star man: Antonio Valencia – 28 years old (Midfielder for Manchester United

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Best ever finish: last 16 (2006)

Form coming into World Cup: Could have been better (7 wins, 4 draws, 5 losses)

 

England

Nickname: The Three Lions

FIFA rank: 11th (7th in Europe)

Star man: Wayne Rooney – 28 years old (Forward for Manchester United)

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Best ever finish: Champions (1966)

Form coming into World Cup: Impressive (6 wins, 4 draws, 0 losses)

 

France

Nickname: Les Bleus (The Blues)

FIFA rank: 16th (10th in Europe)

Star man: Franck Ribery – 31 years old (Midfielder for Bayern Munich)

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Best ever finish: Champions (1998)

Form coming into World Cup: Pretty dang greay (6 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss)

 

Germany

Nickname: Nationalelf (The Team)

FIFA rank: 2nd (2nd in Europe)

Star man: Thomas Muller – 24 years old (Striker for Bayern Munich)

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Best ever finish: Champions (1954, 1974, 1990)

Form coming into World Cup: The Best.. (9 wins, 1 draw, 0 losses)

 

Ghana

Nickname: Black Stars

FIFA rank: 38th (4th in Africa)

Star man: Kwadwo Asamoah – 25 years old (Midfielder for Juventus)

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Best ever finish: Quarterfinals (2010)

Form coming into World Cup: Damn good (5 wins, 0 draws, 1 loss)

 

Greece

Nickname: To Piratiko (The Pirate Ship)

FIFA rank: 10th (6th in Europe)

Star man: Konstantinos Mitroglou – 26 years old (Forward for Fulham)

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Best ever finish: Group Stage (1994, 2010)

Form coming into World Cup: Impressive (8 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss)

 

Honduras

Nickname: La Bicolor (The Bicolor)

FIFA rank: 30th (3rd in North America)

Star man: Wilson Palacios – 29 years old (Midfielder for Stoke City)

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Best ever finish: Group Stage (1982, 2010)

Form coming into World Cup: Not great (4 wins, 3 draws, 3 loss)

 

Iran

Nickname: Team Melli (Princes of Persia)

FIFA rank: 37th (1st in Asia)

Star man: Javad Nekounam – 33 years old (Midfielder for Kuwait SC)

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Best ever finish: Group Stage (1978, 1998, 2006)

Form coming into World Cup: Great! (5 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses)

 

Italy

Nickname: Azzuri (The Blues)

FIFA rank: 9th (5th in Europe)

Star man: Andrea Pirlo – 34 years old (Midfielder for Juventus)

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Best ever finish: Champions (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006)

Form coming into World Cup:  Pretty defensive with the job done (6 wins, 4 draws, 0 losses)

 

Japan

Nickname: ummm…  サムライ・ブルー (Blue Samurai)

FIFA rank: 47th (2nd in Asia)

Star man: Shinji Kagawa – 25 years old (Midfielder for Manchester United)

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Best ever finish: Round of 16 (2006, 2010)

Form coming into World Cup: Pretty darn good! (5 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss)

 

Mexico

Nickname: El Tricolor (The Tricolor)

FIFA rank: 19th (2nd in North America)

Star man: Javier Hernandez – 25 years old (Forward for Manchester United)

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Best ever finish: Quarterfinals (1970, 1986)

Form coming into World Cup: Not good. (2 wins, 5 draws, 3 losses)

 

Netherlands

Nickname: Oranje (Clockwork Orange)

FIFA rank: 15th (9th in Europe)

Star man: Arjen Robben – 30 years old (Midfielder for Bayern Munich)

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Best ever finish: Runners Up (1974, 1978, 2010)

Form coming into World Cup: Basically perfect.. (9 wins, 1 draw, 0 losses)

 

Nigeria

Nickname: Super Eagles

FIFA rank: 44th (6th in Africa)

Star man: Jogn Obi Mikel – 27 years old (Midfielder for Chelsea)

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Best ever finish: Last 16 (1994, 1998)

Form coming into World Cup: Not terrible (3 wins, 3 draws, 0 losses)

 

Portugal

Nickname: Seleccao Das Quinas (National Team of the Shields)

FIFA rank: 3rd (3rd in Europe)

Star man: Cristiano Ronaldo – 29 years old (Midfielder for Real Madrid)

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Best ever finish: 3rd Place (1966)

Form coming into World Cup: Good.. but a drama (6 wins, 3 draws, 1 loss)

 

Russia

Nickname: Sbornaya (The National Team)

FIFA rank: 18th (12th in Europe)

Star man: Alan Dzadoev -23 years old (Midfielder for CSKA Moscow)

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Best ever finish: Group Stages (1992, 2004)

Form coming into World Cup: Slightly better than Portugal (7 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses)

 

South Korea

Nickname: 태극전사 (Taeguk Warriors)

FIFA rank: 55th (4th in Asia)

Star man: Son Heung Min – 21 years old (Forward for Bayern Leverkusen)

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Best ever finish: Fourth place (2002)

Form coming into World Cup: Not awful (4 wins, 2 draws, 2 losses)

 

Spain

Nickname: La Furia Roja (The Red Fury)

FIFA rank: 1st (1st in Europe)

Star man: Andres Iniesta – 30 years old (Midfielder for Barcelona)

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Best ever finish: Champions (2010)

Form coming into World Cup: Really ****ing good (6 wins, 2 draws, 0 losses)

 

Switzerland

Nickname: Nati (Short for the National Team)

FIFA rank: 8th (4th in Europe)

Star man: Xherdan Shaqiri – 22 years old (Midfielder for Bayern Munich)

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Best ever finish: Quarterfinals (1934, 1938, 1954)

Form coming into World Cup: Impressive (7wins, 3 draws, 0 losses)

 

United States

Nickname: Stars and Stripes

FIFA rank: 14th (1st in North America)

Star man: Michael Bradley – 26 years old (Midfielder for Toronto FC)

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Best ever finish: Third Place (1930)

Form coming into World Cup: Really damn good (7 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses)

 

Uruguay

Nickname: La Celeste (The Sky Blue)

FIFA rank: 6th (3rd in South America)

Star man: Luiz Suarez – 27 years old (Striker for Liverpool)

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Best ever finish: Champions (1030, 1950)

Form coming into World Cup: Made it dramatic! Had to win playoff matches (7 wins, 4 draws, 5 losses)

 

So there you have it.. a quick guide to the teams in the World’s biggest stage. I admit that took a lot longer than I anticipated but that’s perfectly fine.

What do you think of these teams? Were there any you were surprised to hear have been having good form form of late? Do you like my awkward photos? I certainly do 😉

 

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