World Cup – Final Squads

Only one week left before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil kicks off, which means all 32 teams have handed in their squads of 23 players, with no big surprises or omissions on any of the bigger or more popular sides except for some known injuries.

Changes can still be made if a serious injury befalls one of the players, which allows a national side to call in a replacement at any time up to 24 hours before their first game. After the tournament has begun, teams will be unable to call in replacements for injuries.

Algeria

Madjid Bougherra

Maybe the weakest team in this World Cup despite having a squad made up of players who all but two are playing outside of Algeria. A technicality helped them make the World Cup after Burkina Faso didn’t lodge in a complain in time (or some other FIFA BS), but that won’t matter if they’re able to trouble three superior teams in the group stage.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
GK Cédric Si Mohamed 9 January 1985 (aged 29) 1 Algeria CS Constantine
GK Mohamed Zemmamouche 19 March 1985 (aged 29) 7 Algeria USM Alger
GK Raïs M’Bolhi 25 April 1986 (aged 28) 27 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia
FW El Arbi Hillel Soudani 25 November 1987 (aged 26) 21 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
MF Riyad Mahrez 21 February 1991 (aged 23) 1 England Leicester City
MF Nabil Bentaleb 24 November 1994 (aged 19) 2 England Tottenham Hotspur
DF Essaïd Belkalem 1 January 1989 (aged 25) 13 England Watford
MF Mehdi Mostefa 30 August 1983 (aged 30) 22 France Ajaccio
DF Aïssa Mandi 22 October 1991 (aged 22) 2 France Reims
DF Carl Medjani 15 May 1985 (aged 29) 25 France Valenciennes
MF Saphir Taïder 29 February 1992 (aged 22) 10 Italy Internazionale
DF Djamel Mesbah 9 October 1984 (aged 29) 26 Italy Livorno
DF Faouzi Ghoulam 1 February 1991 (aged 23) 5 Italy Napoli
MF Hassan Yebda 14 May 1984 (aged 30) 24 Italy Udinese
DF Rafik Halliche 2 September 1986 (aged 27) 28 Portugal Académica
FW Nabil Ghilas 20 April 1990 (aged 24) 5 Portugal Porto
FW Islam Slimani 18 June 1988 (aged 25) 19 Portugal Sporting CP
DF Madjid Bougherra (c) 7 October 1982 (aged 31) 61 Qatar Lekhwiya
MF Medhi Lacen 15 May 1984 (aged 30) 29 Spain Getafe
MF Yacine Brahimi 8 February 1990 (aged 24) 5 Spain Granada
DF Liassine Cadamuro-Bentaïba 5 March 1988 (aged 26) 6 Spain Mallorca
MF Sofiane Feghouli 26 December 1989 (aged 24) 18 Spain Valencia
MF Abdelmoumene Djabou 31 January 1987 (aged 27) 76 Tunisia Club Africain

Argentina

Lionel Messi

Many see Argentina as favorites to win this World Cup. The two-time champions (1978, 1986) have Lionel Messi, the world’s best player and a very impressive line of forwards. The questions have to do with other parts on the pitch: Their goalkeeper, the defense, and lack of any sort of creativity in the midfielder aside from Angel di Maria, who has a lot riding on his ability in this tournament.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 GK Sergio Romero 22 February 1987 (aged 27) 45 Monaco Monaco
12 GK Agustín Orión 26 July 1981 (aged 32) 3 Argentina Boca Juniors
21 GK Mariano Andújar 30 July 1983 (aged 30) 10 Italy Catania
2 DF Ezequiel Garay 10 October 1986 (aged 27) 18 Portugal Benfica
3 DF Hugo Campagnaro 27 June 1980 (aged 33) 13 Italy Internazionale
4 DF Pablo Zabaleta 16 January 1985 (aged 29) 36 England Manchester City
15 DF Martín Demichelis 20 December 1980 (aged 33) 37 England Manchester City
16 DF Marcos Rojo 20 March 1990 (aged 24) 20 Portugal Sporting
17 DF Federico Fernández 21 February 1989 (aged 25) 24 Italy Napoli
23 DF José María Basanta 3 April 1984 (aged 30) 8 Mexico Monterrey
5 MF Fernando Gago 10 April 1986 (aged 28) 47 Argentina Boca Juniors
6 MF Lucas Biglia 30 January 1986 (aged 28) 16 Italy Lazio
7 MF Ángel di María 14 February 1988 (aged 26) 45 Spain Real Madrid
8 MF Enzo Pérez 22 February 1986 (aged 28) 5 Portugal Benfica
11 MF Maxi Rodríguez 2 January 1981 (aged 33) 53 Argentina Newell’s Old Boys
13 MF Augusto Fernández 10 April 1986 (aged 28) 7 Spain Celta Vigo
14 MF Javier Mascherano 8 June 1984 (aged 30) 96 Spain Barcelona
19 MF Ricardo Álvarez 12 April 1988 (aged 26) 5 Italy Internazionale
9 FW Gonzalo Higuaín 10 December 1987 (aged 26) 36 Italy Napoli
10 FW Lionel Messi (c) 24 June 1987 (aged 26) 84 Spain Barcelona
18 FW Rodrigo Palacio 5 February 1982 (aged 32) 15 Italy Internazionale
20 FW Sergio Agüero 2 June 1988 (aged 26) 50 England Manchester City
22 FW Ezequiel Lavezzi 3 May 1985 (aged 29) 29 France Paris Saint-Germain

Australia

Mile Jedinak

This is the third consecutive appearance for Australia in the World Cup and their fourth overall, hoping to make it past the group stage unlike their appearance in South Africa and like their performance in Germany, knocked out in the round of 16. Six players arrive from the developing A-League, while team veterans like Mark Breschiano and Tim Cahill aren’t playing in Europe anymore, with no significant player having a foothold on a top European side.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
18 GK Eugene Galeković 12 June 1981 (aged 33) 8 Australia Adelaide United
2 DF Ivan Franjić 10 September 1987 (aged 26) 8 Australia Brisbane Roar
17 MF Matt McKay 11 January 1983 (aged 31) 46 Australia Brisbane Roar
5 MF Mark Milligan 4 August 1985 (aged 28) 28 Australia Melbourne Victory
9 FW Adam Taggart 2 June 1993 (aged 21) 4 Australia Newcastle Jets
6 DF Matthew Špiranović 27 June 1988 (aged 25) 17 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers
16 MF James Holland 15 May 1989 (aged 25) 13 Austria Austria Wien
1 GK Mathew Ryan 8 April 1992 (aged 22) 6 Belgium Club Brugge
19 DF Ryan McGowan 15 August 1989 (aged 24) 9 China Shandong Luneng Taishan
15 MF Mile Jedinak (c) 3 August 1984 (aged 29) 43 England Crystal Palace
8 DF Bailey Wright 28 July 1992 (aged 21) 0 England Preston North End
21 MF Massimo Luongo 25 September 1992 (aged 21) 1 England Swindon Town
12 GK Mitchell Langerak 22 August 1988 (aged 25) 3 Germany Borussia Dortmund
10 MF Ben Halloran 14 June 1992 (aged 21) 1 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf
7 FW Mathew Leckie 4 February 1991 (aged 23) 7 Germany FSV Frankfurt
14 MF James Troisi 3 July 1988 (aged 25) 10 Italy Atalanta
3 DF Jason Davidson 29 June 1991 (aged 22) 6 Netherlands Heracles Almelo
11 MF Tommy Oar 10 December 1991 (aged 22) 14 Netherlands Utrecht
23 MF Mark Bresciano 11 February 1980 (aged 34) 73 Qatar Al-Gharafa
22 DF Alex Wilkinson 13 August 1984 (aged 29) 2 South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
13 MF Oliver Bozanić 8 January 1989 (aged 25) 3 Switzerland Luzern
20 MF Dario Vidošić 8 April 1987 (aged 27) 22 Switzerland Sion
4 FW Tim Cahill 6 December 1979 (aged 34) 68 United States New York Red Bulls

Belgium

Vinceny Kompany

Belgium come with 11 players in the Premier League and only three from the local league as many think this is the fifth or sixth best team in this tournament, and maybe even the most talented Belgian side of all time, even better than the one from the mid 1980’s, making the 1986 semifinal.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
21 DF Anthony Vanden Borre 24 October 1987 (aged 26) 25 Belgium Anderlecht
23 DF Laurent Ciman 5 August 1985 (aged 28) 8 Belgium Standard Liège
13 GK Sammy Bossut 11 August 1985 (age 28) 1 Belgium Zulte Waregem
3 DF Thomas Vermaelen 14 November 1985 (aged 28) 48 England Arsenal
10 MF Eden Hazard 7 January 1991 (aged 23) 45 England Chelsea
9 FW Romelu Lukaku 13 May 1993 (aged 21) 29 England Everton
11 MF Kevin Mirallas 5 October 1987 (aged 26) 44 England Everton
12 GK Simon Mignolet 6 August 1988 (age 25) 14 England Liverpool
4 DF Vincent Kompany (c) 10 April 1986 (aged 28) 59 England Manchester City
8 MF Marouane Fellaini 22 November 1987 (aged 26) 50 England Manchester United
20 MF Adnan Januzaj 5 February 1995 (aged 19) 1 England Manchester United
5 DF Jan Vertonghen 24 April 1987 (aged 27) 56 England Tottenham Hotspur
19 MF Mousa Dembélé 16 July 1987 (aged 26) 55 England Tottenham Hotspur
22 MF Nacer Chadli 2 October 1989 (aged 24) 20 England Tottenham Hotspur
17 FW Divock Origi 18 April 1995 (aged 19) 2 France Lille
15 DF Daniel Van Buyten 7 February 1978 (aged 36) 79 Germany Bayern Munich
7 MF Kevin De Bruyne 28 June 1991 (aged 22) 22 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
14 FW Dries Mertens 6 May 1987 (aged 27) 24 Italy Napoli
16 MF Steven Defour 15 April 1988 (aged 26) 43 Portugal Porto
6 MF Axel Witsel 12 January 1989 (aged 25) 48 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
18 DF Nicolas Lombaerts 20 March 1985 (aged 29) 26 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
1 GK Thibaut Courtois 11 May 1992 (aged 22) 16 Spain Atlético Madrid
2 DF Toby Alderweireld 2 March 1989 (aged 25) 34 Spain Atlético Madrid

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Emir Spahić

The only nation in this tournament that is making their World cup debut, Bosnia finished first in their qualifying group, ahead of Greece, coming in with a very talented strikeforce that includes Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic, while Mirlaem Pjanic and Zvjezdan Misimović are to provide leadership and creativity in the middle of the park. Not favorites, but it won’t be a surprise to see them in the round of 16.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 GK Asmir Avdukić 13 May 1981 (aged 33) 3 Bosnia and Herzegovina Borac Banja Luka
12 GK Jasmin Fejzić 15 May 1986 (aged 28) 0 Germany VfR Aalen
22 GK Asmir Begović 20 June 1987 (aged 26) 30 England Stoke City
2 DF Avdija Vršajević 6 March 1986 (aged 28) 13 Croatia Hajduk Split
3 DF Ermin Bičakčić 24 January 1990 (aged 24) 7 Germany Eintracht Braunschweig
4 DF Emir Spahić (c) 18 August 1980 (aged 33) 74 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
5 DF Sead Kolašinac 20 June 1993 (aged 20) 4 Germany Schalke 04
6 DF Ognjen Vranješ 24 October 1989 (aged 24) 13 Turkey Elazığspor
7 DF Muhamed Bešić 10 September 1992 (aged 21) 9 Hungary Ferencváros
13 DF Mensur Mujdža 28 March 1984 (aged 30) 24 Germany SC Freiburg
15 DF Toni Šunjić 15 December 1988 (aged 25) 7 Ukraine Zorya Luhansk
8 MF Miralem Pjanić 2 April 1990 (aged 24) 48 Italy Roma
10 MF Zvjezdan Misimović 5 June 1982 (aged 32) 82 China Guizhou Renhe
14 MF Izet Hajrović 4 August 1991 (aged 22) 7 Turkey Galatasaray
16 MF Senad Lulić 18 January 1986 (aged 28) 33 Italy Lazio
17 MF Senijad Ibričić 26 September 1985 (aged 28) 42 Turkey Kayseri Erciyesspor
18 MF Haris Medunjanin 8 March 1985 (aged 29) 35 Turkey Gaziantepspor
20 MF Anel Hadžić 16 August 1989 (aged 24) 2 Austria Sturm Graz
21 MF Tino-Sven Sušić 13 February 1992 (aged 22) 2 Croatia Hajduk Split
23 MF Sejad Salihović 8 October 1984 (aged 29) 42 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim
9 FW Vedad Ibišević 6 August 1984 (aged 29) 55 Germany VfB Stuttgart
11 FW Edin Džeko 17 March 1986 (aged 28) 62 England Manchester City
19 FW Edin Višća 17 February 1990 (aged 24) 10 Turkey İstanbul BB

Brazil

Thiago Silva

The favorites and the hosts of the World Cup, Brazil are five time world champions, the last of those trophies coming in 2002 when Ronaldo and Rivaldo led them to the title against Germany. Since then they’ve been knocked out of the quarterfinals twice – once by France and once by the Netherlands. They’re heading in with the Confederation Cup title from last summer as a sign for their strength.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 GK Jefferson 2 January 1983 (aged 31) 9 Brazil Botafogo
2 DF Dani Alves 6 May 1983 (aged 31) 74 Spain Barcelona
3 DF Thiago Silva (c) 22 September 1984 (aged 29) 45 France Paris Saint-Germain
4 DF David Luiz 22 April 1987 (aged 27) 35 England Chelsea
5 MF Fernandinho 4 May 1985 (aged 29) 6 England Manchester City
6 DF Marcelo 12 May 1988 (aged 26) 30 Spain Real Madrid
7 FW Hulk 25 July 1986 (aged 27) 34 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
8 MF Paulinho 25 July 1988 (aged 25) 25 England Tottenham Hotspur
9 FW Fred 3 October 1983 (aged 30) 33 Brazil Fluminense
10 FW Neymar 5 February 1992 (aged 22) 48 Spain Barcelona
11 MF Oscar 9 September 1991 (aged 22) 30 England Chelsea
12 GK Júlio César 3 September 1979 (aged 34) 79 Canada Toronto
13 DF Dante 18 October 1983 (aged 30) 12 Germany Bayern Munich
14 DF Maxwell 27 August 1981 (aged 32) 8 France Paris Saint-Germain
15 DF Henrique 14 October 1986 (aged 27) 5 Italy Napoli
16 MF Ramires 24 March 1987 (aged 27) 42 England Chelsea
17 MF Luiz Gustavo 23 July 1987 (aged 26) 18 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
18 MF Hernanes 29 May 1985 (aged 29) 24 Italy Internazionale
19 MF Willian 9 August 1988 (aged 25) 6 England Chelsea
20 MF Bernard 8 September 1992 (aged 21) 10 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
21 FW 20 March 1987 (aged 27) 16 Brazil Atlético Mineiro
22 GK Victor 21 January 1983 (aged 31) 6 Brazil Atlético Mineiro
23 DF Maicon 26 July 1981 (aged 32) 71 Italy Roma

Cameroon

Samuel Eto'o

Cameroon are in the World Cup for a seventh time (second straight), more than any African nation. They’ve made it out of the group stage only once, in 1990, when they reached the quarterfinals before losing to England in extra time. Samuel Eto’o of Chelsea is the best known player on this side, boasting players from France and Turkey mostly, with only two players coming from the local league.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
19 FW Fabrice Olinga 12 May 1996 (aged 18) 7 Belgium Zulte Waregem
1 GK Loïc Feudjou 14 April 1992 (aged 22) 1 Cameroon Coton Sport
4 DF Cédric Djeugoué 28 August 1992 (aged 21) 3 Cameroon Coton Sport
9 FW Samuel Eto’o (c) 10 March 1981 (aged 33) 116 England Chelsea
2 DF Benoît Assou-Ekotto 24 March 1984 (aged 30) 21 England Tottenham Hotspur
7 MF Landry N’Guémo 28 November 1985 (aged 28) 39 France Bordeaux
20 MF Edgar Salli 17 August 1992 (aged 21) 8 France Lens
10 FW Vincent Aboubakar 22 January 1992 (aged 22) 23 France Lorient
12 DF Henri Bedimo 4 June 1984 (aged 30) 30 France Lyon
3 DF Nicolas N’Koulou 27 March 1990 (aged 24) 47 France Marseille
8 FW Benjamin Moukandjo 12 November 1988 (aged 25) 16 France Nancy
11 MF Jean Makoun 29 May 1983 (aged 31) 66 France Rennes
13 FW Maxim Choupo-Moting 23 March 1989 (aged 25) 26 Germany Mainz 05
21 MF Joël Matip 8 August 1991 (aged 22) 22 Germany Schalke 04
6 MF Alex Song 9 September 1987 (aged 26) 46 Spain Barcelona
22 DF Allan Nyom 10 May 1988 (aged 26) 8 Spain Granada
17 MF Stéphane Mbia 20 May 1986 (aged 28) 49 Spain Sevilla
18 MF Eyong Enoh 23 March 1986 (aged 28) 37 Turkey Antalyaspor
5 DF Dany Nounkeu 11 April 1986 (aged 28) 15 Turkey Beşiktaş
15 FW Pierre Webó 20 January 1982 (aged 32) 55 Turkey Fenerbahçe
23 GK Sammy N’Djock 25 February 1990 (aged 24) 2 Turkey Fethiyespor
14 DF Aurélien Chedjou 20 June 1985 (aged 28) 30 Turkey Galatasaray
16 GK Charles Itandje 2 November 1982 (aged 31) 9 Turkey Konyaspor

Chile

Claudio Bravo

One of the dark horse candidates to cause some trouble for “bigger” nations, Chile are in the World Cup for a ninth time, hoping to at least repeat their achievement from last time when they made the round of 16. Eight of the team’s players are coming from either Brazil or the league in Chile, but there are also stars like Arturo Vidal who plays for Juventus and Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona who make this side the best Chile have had since the 1998 team.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
20 MF Charles Aránguiz 17 April 1989 (aged 25) 20 Brazil Internacional
10 MF Jorge Valdívia 3 October 1983 (aged 30) 56 Brazil Palmeiras
2 DF Eugenio Mena 18 July 1988 (aged 25) 24 Brazil Santos
19 MF José Pedro Fuenzalida 22 February 1985 (aged 29) 23 Chile Colo-Colo
22 FW Esteban Paredes 1 August 1980 (aged 33) 34 Chile Colo-Colo
12 GK Cristopher Toselli 22 June 1988 (aged 25) 4 Chile Universidad Católica
13 DF José Rojas 3 June 1983 (aged 31) 18 Chile Universidad de Chile
23 GK Johnny Herrera 9 May 1981 (aged 33) 7 Chile Universidad de Chile
18 DF Gonzalo Jara 29 August 1985 (aged 28) 65 England Nottingham Forest
15 MF Jean Beausejour 3 June 1984 (aged 30) 59 England Wigan Athletic
6 MF Carlos Carmona 21 February 1987 (aged 27) 43 Italy Atalanta
9 FW Mauricio Pinilla 4 February 1984 (aged 30) 26 Italy Cagliari
4 MF Mauricio Isla 12 June 1988 (aged 26) 46 Italy Juventus
8 MF Arturo Vidal 22 May 1987 (aged 27) 53 Italy Juventus
16 MF Felipe Gutiérrez 8 October 1990 (aged 23) 17 Netherlands Twente
7 FW Alexis Sánchez 19 December 1988 (aged 25) 66 Spain Barcelona
14 MF Fabián Orellana 27 January 1986 (aged 28) 25 Spain Celta Vigo
5 MF Francisco Silva 11 February 1986 (aged 28) 11 Spain Osasuna
1 GK Claudio Bravo (c) 13 April 1983 (aged 31) 79 Spain Real Sociedad
11 FW Eduardo Vargas 20 November 1989 (aged 24) 29 Spain Valencia
3 DF Miiko Albornoz 3 November 1990 (aged 23) 2 Sweden Malmö
21 MF Marcelo Díaz 30 December 1986 (aged 27) 20 Switzerland Basel
17 DF Gary Medel 3 August 1987 (aged 26) 60 Wales Cardiff City

Colombia

Mario Yepes

Suddenly, without Falcao, this side doesn’t seem that impressive. Colombia are in the World Cup for the first time since 1998, coming in with plenty of talented strikers like Carlos Bacca and Jackson Martinez and also some considerable midfield talent with the likes of James Rodriguez, Quintero and Fredy Guarin. However, the expectations are undoubtedly lower now that their biggest star isn’t playing.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 GK David Ospina 31 August 1988 (aged 25) 42 France Nice
12 GK Camilo Vargas 1 September 1989 (aged 24) 0 Colombia Santa Fe
22 GK Faryd Mondragón 21 June 1971 (aged 42) 55 Colombia Deportivo Cali
2 DF Cristián Zapata 30 September 1986 (aged 27) 21 Italy Milan
3 DF Mario Yepes (c) 13 January 1976 (aged 38) 96 Italy Atalanta
4 DF Santiago Arias 13 January 1992 (aged 22) 5 Netherlands PSV
7 DF Pablo Armero 2 November 1986 (aged 27) 51 England West Ham United
16 DF Éder Álvarez Balanta 28 February 1993 (aged 21) 2 Argentina River Plate
18 DF Juan Camilo Zúñiga 14 December 1985 (aged 28) 52 Italy Napoli
23 DF Carlos Valdés 22 May 1985 (aged 29) 13 Argentina San Lorenzo
5 MF Aldo Leão Ramírez 18 April 1981 (aged 33) 29 Mexico Morelia
6 MF Carlos Sánchez 6 February 1986 (aged 28) 44 Spain Elche
8 MF Abel Aguilar 6 January 1985 (aged 29) 48 France Toulouse
10 MF James Rodríguez 12 July 1991 (aged 22) 21 Monaco Monaco
11 MF Juan Guillermo Cuadrado 26 May 1988 (aged 26) 26 Italy Fiorentina
13 MF Fredy Guarín 30 June 1986 (aged 27) 48 Italy Internazionale
14 MF Víctor Ibarbo 19 May 1990 (aged 24) 8 Italy Cagliari
15 MF Alexander Mejía 7 September 1988 (aged 25) 9 Colombia Atlético Nacional
20 MF Juan Fernando Quintero 18 January 1993 (aged 21) 4 Portugal Porto
9 FW Teófilo Gutiérrez 28 May 1985 (aged 29) 29 Argentina River Plate
17 FW Carlos Bacca 8 September 1986 (aged 27) 10 Spain Sevilla
19 FW Adrián Ramos 22 January 1986 (aged 28) 24 Germany Hertha Berlin
21 FW Jackson Martínez 3 October 1986 (aged 27) 27 Portugal Porto

Costa Rica

Bryan Ruiz

Costa Rica are in the World Cup for a fourth time, hoping that this is 1990 all over again when they made the round of 16. They’re in a very tough group (England, Italy, Uruguay) and will rely mostly on the talent of Bryan Ruiz of PSV and Joel Campbell of Olympiakos / Arsenal to try and cause a huge surprise in a tournament no one expects anything from them despite their excellent qualifying campaign.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
6 DF Óscar Duarte 3 June 1989 (aged 25) 10 Belgium Club Brugge
2 DF Johnny Acosta 21 July 1983 (aged 30) 25 Costa Rica Alajuelense
18 GK Patrick Pemberton 24 April 1982 (aged 32) 20 Costa Rica Alajuelense
14 FW Randall Brenes 13 August 1983 (aged 30) 38 Costa Rica Cartaginés
13 MF Esteban Granados 25 October 1985 (aged 28) 11 Costa Rica Herediano
22 MF José Miguel Cubero 14 February 1987 (aged 27) 34 Costa Rica Herediano
23 GK Daniel Cambronero 8 January 1986 (aged 28) 4 Costa Rica Herediano
4 DF Michael Umaña 16 July 1982 (aged 31) 82 Costa Rica Saprissa
8 DF Heiner Mora 20 June 1984 (aged 29) 21 Costa Rica Saprissa
17 MF Yeltsin Tejeda 17 March 1992 (aged 22) 22 Costa Rica Saprissa
7 MF Christian Bolaños 17 May 1984 (aged 30) 54 Denmark Copenhagen
15 DF Júnior Díaz 12 September 1983 (aged 30) 61 Germany Mainz 05
9 FW Joel Campbell 26 June 1992 (aged 21) 32 Greece Olympiacos
10 FW Bryan Ruiz (c) 18 August 1985 (aged 28) 62 Netherlands PSV
11 MF Michael Barrantes 4 October 1983 (aged 30) 50 Norway Aalesund
16 DF Cristian Gamboa 24 October 1989 (aged 24) 25 Norway Rosenborg
20 MF Diego Calvo 25 March 1991 (aged 23) 9 Norway Vålerenga
21 FW Marco Ureña 5 March 1990 (aged 24) 23 Russia Kuban Krasnodar
1 GK Keylor Navas 15 December 1986 (aged 27) 52 Spain Levante
5 MF Celso Borges 27 May 1988 (aged 26) 62 Sweden AIK
3 DF Giancarlo González 8 February 1988 (aged 26) 34 United States Columbus Crew
12 DF Waylon Francis 20 September 1990 (aged 23) 1 United States Columbus Crew
19 DF Roy Miller 24 November 1984 (aged 29) 48 United States New York Red Bulls

Croatia

Darijo Srna

Croatia are in the World Cup for a fourth time, missing out on the competition only once since the break up from Yugoslavia. Their greatest success came in 1998 when they made it to the semifinals and finished in third place, but in the two appearances that followed they didn’t make it out of the group stage. Luka Modric from Real Madrid and Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich are the biggest stars on the current squad.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
14 MF Marcelo Brozović 16 October 1992 (aged 21) 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
12 GK Oliver Zelenika 14 May 1993 (aged 21) 0 Croatia Lokomotiva
15 MF Ivan Močinić 30 April 1993 (aged 21) 0 Croatia Rijeka
9 FW Nikica Jelavić 27 August 1985 (aged 28) 33 England Hull City
6 DF Dejan Lovren 5 July 1989 (aged 24) 23 England Southampton
17 FW Mario Mandžukić 21 May 1986 (aged 28) 49 Germany Bayern Munich
4 MF Ivan Perišić 2 February 1989 (aged 25) 28 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
18 FW Ivica Olić 14 September 1979 (aged 34) 91 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
3 DF Danijel Pranjić 2 December 1981 (aged 32) 48 Greece Panathinaikos
13 DF Gordon Schildenfeld 18 March 1985 (aged 29) 21 Greece Panathinaikos
16 FW Ante Rebić 21 September 1993 (aged 20) 4 Italy Fiorentina
2 DF Šime Vrsaljko 10 January 1992 (aged 22) 6 Italy Genoa
20 MF Mateo Kovačić 6 May 1994 (aged 20) 9 Italy Internazionale
23 GK Danijel Subašić 27 October 1984 (aged 29) 6 Monaco Monaco
5 DF Vedran Ćorluka 5 February 1986 (aged 28) 72 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
1 GK Stipe Pletikosa 8 January 1979 (aged 35) 110 Russia Rostov
19 MF Sammir 23 April 1987 (aged 27) 5 Spain Getafe
10 MF Luka Modrić 9 September 1985 (aged 28) 74 Spain Real Madrid
7 MF Ivan Rakitić 10 March 1988 (aged 26) 61 Spain Sevilla
8 MF Ognjen Vukojević 20 December 1983 (aged 30) 55 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
21 DF Domagoj Vida 29 April 1989 (aged 25) 23 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
11 DF Darijo Srna (c) 1 May 1982 (aged 32) 112 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
22 FW Eduardo 25 February 1983 (aged 31) 63 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk

Ecuador

Antonio Valencia

The less heralded of the South American sides in the competition, but always a very tough team to beat, even without their advantage of playing in Quito. There isn’t a lot of talent here – only four players are on European clubs, with Antonio Valencia of Manchester United (not for long?) being the biggest name, although players like Felipe Caicedo and Jefferson Montero can make quite a name for themselves.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
3 DF Frickson Erazo 5 May 1988 (aged 26) 36 Brazil Flamengo
8 MF Édison Méndez 15 March 1979 (aged 35) 109 Colombia Santa Fe
1 GK Máximo Banguera 16 December 1985 (aged 28) 24 Ecuador Barcelona
4 DF Juan Carlos Paredes 8 July 1987 (aged 26) 37 Ecuador Barcelona
19 MF Luis Saritama 20 October 1983 (aged 30) 48 Ecuador Barcelona
12 GK Adrián Bone 8 September 1988 (aged 25) 3 Ecuador El Nacional
2 DF Jorge Guagua 28 September 1981 (aged 32) 58 Ecuador Emelec
18 DF Óscar Bagüí 10 December 1982 (aged 31) 21 Ecuador Emelec
21 DF Gabriel Achilier 24 March 1985 (aged 29) 22 Ecuador Emelec
22 GK Alexander Domínguez 5 June 1987 (aged 27) 18 Ecuador LDU Quito
16 MF Antonio Valencia (c) 4 August 1985 (aged 28) 70 England Manchester United
23 MF Carlos Gruezo 19 April 1995 (aged 19) 2 Germany VfB Stuttgart
15 MF Michael Arroyo 23 April 1987 (aged 27) 20 Mexico Atlante
9 MF Joao Rojas 14 June 1989 (aged 24) 29 Mexico Cruz Azul
7 MF Jefferson Montero 1 September 1989 (aged 24) 39 Mexico Morelia
10 DF Walter Ayoví 11 August 1979 (aged 34) 89 Mexico Pachuca
13 FW Enner Valencia 11 April 1989 (aged 25) 9 Mexico Pachuca
17 FW Jaime Ayoví 21 February 1988 (aged 26) 30 Mexico Tijuana
20 MF Fidel Martínez 15 February 1990 (aged 24) 8 Mexico Tijuana
5 MF Renato Ibarra 20 January 1991 (aged 23) 17 Netherlands Vitesse
6 MF Christian Noboa 9 April 1985 (aged 29) 41 Russia Dynamo Moscow
14 MF Segundo Castillo 15 May 1982 (aged 32) 81 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
11 FW Felipe Caicedo 5 September 1988 (aged 25) 49 United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira

England

Steven Gerrard

It’s hard to remember when England reached a World Cup tournament with so little expectations. No one thinks Roy Hodgson is a good manager, the group is very difficult (with Italy and Uruguay) and for the face time, no one thinks they have the required talent to make it very far or even past the group stage. Maybe this minimal hype will help them have their best tournament in a very long time.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 GK Joe Hart 19 May 1987 (aged 27) 40 England Manchester City
2 DF Glen Johnson 23 August 1984 (aged 29) 51 England Liverpool
3 DF Leighton Baines 11 December 1984 (aged 29) 23 England Everton
4 MF Steven Gerrard (c) 30 May 1980 (aged 34) 110 England Liverpool
5 DF Gary Cahill 19 December 1985 (aged 28) 23 England Chelsea
6 DF Phil Jagielka 17 August 1982 (aged 31) 25 England Everton
7 MF Jack Wilshere 1 January 1992 (aged 22) 16 England Arsenal
8 MF Frank Lampard 20 June 1978 (aged 35) 103 England Chelsea
9 FW Daniel Sturridge 1 September 1989 (aged 24) 11 England Liverpool
10 FW Wayne Rooney 24 October 1985 (aged 28) 90 England Manchester United
11 FW Danny Welbeck 26 November 1990 (aged 23) 22 England Manchester United
12 DF Chris Smalling 22 November 1989 (aged 24) 11 England Manchester United
13 GK Ben Foster 3 May 1983 (aged 31) 6 England West Bromwich Albion
14 MF Jordan Henderson 17 June 1990 (aged 23) 9 England Liverpool
15 MF Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 15 August 1993 (aged 20) 14 England Arsenal
16 DF Phil Jones 21 February 1992 (aged 22) 9 England Manchester United
17 MF James Milner 4 January 1986 (aged 28) 46 England Manchester City
18 FW Rickie Lambert 16 February 1982 (aged 32) 4 England Southampton
19 MF Raheem Sterling 8 December 1994 (aged 19) 3 England Liverpool
20 MF Adam Lallana 10 May 1988 (aged 26) 4 England Southampton
21 MF Ross Barkley 5 December 1993 (aged 20) 4 England Everton
22 GK Fraser Forster 17 March 1988 (aged 26) 1 Scotland Celtic
23 DF Luke Shaw 12 July 1995 (aged 18) 1 England Southampton

France

Hugo Lloris

Talent? Plenty of it. But if Franck Ribery isn’t playing, it’s hard to think of one really big star this side has that can carry them far away in the tournament. Everything is good or even very good, all across the board, from defense to attack. But brilliance? World Class? Maybe Paul Pogba who has plenty of potential, but no one really stands out when you take a broader look at everyone in the tournament.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 GK Hugo Lloris (c) 26 December 1986 (aged 27) 56 England Tottenham Hotspur
2 DF Mathieu Debuchy 28 July 1985 (aged 28) 20 England Newcastle United
3 DF Patrice Evra 15 May 1981 (aged 33) 57 England Manchester United
4 DF Raphaël Varane 25 April 1993 (aged 21) 5 Spain Real Madrid
5 DF Mamadou Sakho 13 February 1990 (aged 24) 18 England Liverpool
6 MF Yohan Cabaye 14 January 1986 (aged 28) 29 France Paris Saint-Germain
7 MF Franck Ribéry 7 April 1983 (aged 31) 81 Germany Bayern Munich
8 MF Mathieu Valbuena 28 September 1984 (aged 29) 33 France Marseille
9 FW Olivier Giroud 30 September 1986 (aged 27) 29 England Arsenal
10 FW Karim Benzema 19 December 1987 (aged 26) 65 Spain Real Madrid
11 MF Antoine Griezmann 21 March 1991 (aged 23) 3 Spain Real Sociedad
12 MF Rio Mavuba 8 March 1984 (aged 30) 11 France Lille
13 DF Eliaquim Mangala 13 February 1991 (aged 23) 3 Portugal Porto
14 MF Blaise Matuidi 9 April 1987 (aged 27) 22 France Paris Saint-Germain
15 DF Bacary Sagna 14 February 1983 (aged 31) 40 England Arsenal
16 GK Stéphane Ruffier[33] 27 September 1986 (age 27) 2 France Saint-Étienne
17 DF Lucas Digne 20 July 1993 (aged 20) 2 France Paris Saint-Germain
18 MF Moussa Sissoko 16 August 1989 (aged 24) 16 England Newcastle United
19 MF Paul Pogba 15 March 1993 (aged 21) 10 Italy Juventus
20 FW Loïc Rémy 2 January 1987 (aged 27) 24 England Newcastle United
21 DF Laurent Koscielny 10 September 1985 (aged 28) 17 England Arsenal
22 MF Clément Grenier 7 January 1991 (aged 23) 5 France Lyon
23 GK Mickaël Landreau 14 May 1979 (aged 35) 11 France Bastia

Germany

Philipp Lahm

On paper, this is the most talented team going into the tournament. However, we’ve seen four times over the last four major competitions that talent and potential don’t always come together, and injuries to key players they’re trying to shake off, or taking just one natural striker to the tournament in potential record breaker Miroslav Klose might become more than just a slight problem.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 GK Manuel Neuer 27 March 1986 (aged 28) 45 Germany Bayern Munich
2 DF Kevin Großkreutz 19 July 1988 (aged 25) 4 Germany Borussia Dortmund
3 MF Matthias Ginter 19 January 1994 (aged 20) 2 Germany SC Freiburg
4 DF Benedikt Höwedes 29 February 1988 (aged 26) 20 Germany Schalke 04
5 DF Mats Hummels 16 December 1988 (aged 25) 29 Germany Borussia Dortmund
6 MF Sami Khedira 4 April 1987 (aged 27) 45 Spain Real Madrid
7 MF Bastian Schweinsteiger 1 August 1984 (aged 29) 101 Germany Bayern Munich
8 MF Mesut Özil 15 October 1988 (aged 25) 54 England Arsenal
9 MF André Schürrle 6 November 1990 (aged 23) 32 England Chelsea
10 FW Lukas Podolski 4 June 1985 (aged 29) 113 England Arsenal
11 FW Miroslav Klose 9 June 1978 (aged 36) 131 Italy Lazio
12 GK Ron-Robert Zieler 12 February 1989 (aged 25) 3 Germany Hannover 96
13 MF Thomas Müller 13 September 1989 (aged 24) 48 Germany Bayern Munich
14 MF Julian Draxler 20 September 1993 (aged 20) 11 Germany Schalke 04
15 DF Erik Durm 12 May 1992 (aged 22) 1 Germany Borussia Dortmund
16 DF Philipp Lahm (c) 11 November 1983 (aged 30) 105 Germany Bayern Munich
17 DF Per Mertesacker 29 September 1984 (aged 29) 97 England Arsenal
18 MF Toni Kroos 4 January 1990 (aged 24) 43 Germany Bayern Munich
19 MF Mario Götze 3 June 1992 (aged 22) 28 Germany Bayern Munich
20 DF Jérôme Boateng 3 September 1988 (aged 25) 38 Germany Bayern Munich
21 MF Marco Reus 31 May 1989 (aged 25) 20 Germany Borussia Dortmund
22 GK Roman Weidenfeller 6 August 1980 (aged 33) 2 Germany Borussia Dortmund
23 MF Christoph Kramer 12 February 1991 (aged 23) 2 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach

Ghana

Asamoah Gyan

Another young Ghanaian squad is in the same group with Germany. They were a penalty kick away from becoming the first African side to reach the World Cup semifinal four years ago. Very talented, very athletic and with a Ghanaian coach, James Kwesi Appiah, they’re hoping that the disappointing finish to their African Championship will be a platform to create success this time.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
DF Daniel Opare 18 October 1990 (aged 23) 16 Belgium Standard Liège
MF Albert Adomah 13 December 1987 (aged 26) 14 England Middlesbrough
MF André Ayew 17 December 1989 (aged 24) 48 France Marseille
DF John Boye 23 April 1987 (aged 27) 29 France Rennes
FW Jordan Ayew 11 September 1991 (aged 22) 12 France Sochaux
FW Majeed Waris 19 September 1991 (aged 22) 9 France Valenciennes
DF Jonathan Mensah 13 July 1990 (aged 23) 26 France Évian
FW Kevin-Prince Boateng 6 March 1987 (aged 27) 12 Germany Schalke 04
GK Steven Adams 28 September 1989 (aged 24) 7 Ghana Aduana Stars
DF Samuel Inkoom 1 June 1989 (aged 25) 46 Greece Platanias
MF Kwadwo Asamoah 9 December 1988 (aged 25) 61 Italy Juventus
MF Sulley Muntari 27 August 1984 (aged 29) 81 Italy Milan
MF Michael Essien 3 December 1982 (aged 31) 57 Italy Milan
MF Afriyie Acquah 5 January 1992 (aged 22) 4 Italy Parma
MF Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu 2 December 1990 (aged 23) 48 Italy Udinese
MF Christian Atsu 10 January 1992 (aged 22) 22 Netherlands Vitesse
GK Adam Kwarasey 12 December 1987 (aged 26) 21 Norway Strømsgodset
MF Mohammed Rabiu 31 December 1989 (aged 24) 16 Russia Kuban Krasnodar
MF Wakaso Mubarak 25 July 1990 (aged 23) 16 Russia Rubin Kazan
DF Rashid Sumaila 18 December 1992 (aged 21) 6 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns
GK Fatau Dauda 6 April 1985 (aged 29) 17 South Africa Orlando Pirates
DF Harrison Afful 24 June 1986 (aged 27) 40 Tunisia Espérance
FW Asamoah Gyan (c) 22 November 1985 (aged 28) 78 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain

Greece

Giorgos Karagounis

Still with us, with the same kind of unattractive, relentless and mostly defensive football. No longer European champions or anywhere near that quality, but Greece are in the World Cup for a second consecutive time and considering their group, it’s going to be impossible to count them out of qualifying to the round of 16 for the first time ever, although relying on players like Katsouranis and Karagounis seems to be relying too much on age and experience instead of talent.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 GK Orestis Karnezis 11 July 1985 (aged 28) 18 Spain Granada
2 DF Giannis Maniatis 12 October 1986 (aged 27) 29 Greece Olympiacos
3 DF Giorgos Tzavellas 26 November 1987 (aged 26) 13 Greece PAOK
4 DF Kostas Manolas 14 June 1991 (aged 22) 8 Greece Olympiacos
5 DF Vangelis Moras 26 August 1981 (aged 32) 18 Italy Verona
6 MF Alexandros Tziolis 13 February 1985 (aged 29) 49 Turkey Kayserispor
7 FW Giorgos Samaras 21 February 1985 (aged 29) 73 Scotland Celtic
8 MF Panagiotis Kone 26 July 1987 (aged 26) 15 Italy Bologna
9 FW Kostas Mitroglou 12 March 1988 (aged 26) 31 England Fulham
10 MF Giorgos Karagounis (c) 6 March 1977 (aged 37) 134 England Fulham
11 DF Loukas Vyntra 5 February 1981 (aged 33) 49 Spain Levante
12 GK Panagiotis Glykos 3 June 1986 (aged 28) 2 Greece PAOK
13 GK Stefanos Kapino 18 March 1994 (aged 20) 2 Greece Panathinaikos
14 FW Dimitris Salpingidis 18 August 1981 (aged 32) 75 Greece PAOK
15 DF Vasilis Torosidis 10 June 1985 (aged 29) 65 Italy Roma
16 MF Lazaros Christodoulopoulos 19 December 1986 (aged 27) 18 Italy Bologna
17 FW Theofanis Gekas 23 May 1980 (aged 34) 71 Turkey Konyaspor
18 MF Giannis Fetfatzidis 21 December 1990 (aged 23) 18 Italy Genoa
19 DF Sokratis Papastathopoulos 9 June 1988 (aged 26) 47 Germany Borussia Dortmund
20 DF José Holebas 27 June 1984 (aged 29) 21 Greece Olympiacos
21 MF Kostas Katsouranis 21 June 1979 (aged 34) 110 Greece PAOK
22 MF Andreas Samaris 13 June 1989 (aged 24) 4 Greece Olympiacos
23 MF Panagiotis Tachtsidis 15 February 1991 (aged 23) 5 Italy Torino

Honduras

Noel Valladares

Few teams arrive with such an unimpressive squad, based on players from the Honduran league and the MLS, with four players also coming from the Premier League and Championship. No big stars, not a lot of creativity, and not a lot of great football expected to be shown. Look out for Jerry Bengston of New England and Carlo Costly who plays for Real Espana to possibly surprise some people.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
21 MF Andy Najar 16 March 1993 (aged 21) 16 Belgium Anderlecht
23 DF Brayan Beckeles 28 November 1985 (aged 28) 22 Honduras Olimpia
13 FW Carlo Costly 18 July 1982 (aged 31) 69 Honduras Real España
22 GK Donis Escober 3 February 1980 (aged 34) 26 Honduras Olimpia
12 MF Edder Delgado[35] November 20, 1986 (aged 27) 25 Honduras Real España
7 DF Emilio Izaguirre 10 May 1986 (aged 28) 67 Scotland Celtic
11 FW Jerry Bengtson 8 April 1987 (aged 27) 43 United States New England Revolution
9 FW Jerry Palacios 1 November 1981 (aged 32) 23 Costa Rica Alajuelense
20 MF Jorge Claros 8 January 1986 (aged 28) 48 Honduras Motagua
6 DF Juan Carlos García 8 March 1988 (aged 26) 33 England Wigan Athletic
4 DF Juan Pablo Montes 26 October 1985 (aged 28) 11 Honduras Motagua
19 MF Luis Garrido 5 November 1990 (aged 23) 19 Honduras Olimpia
1 GK Luis López 13 September 1993 (aged 20) 0 Honduras Real España
10 MF Mario Martínez 30 July 1989 (aged 24) 35 Honduras Real España
17 MF Marvin Chávez 3 November 1983 (aged 30) 41 United States Chivas USA
3 DF Maynor Figueroa 2 May 1983 (aged 31) 104 England Hull City
18 GK Noel Valladares (c) 3 May 1977 (aged 37) 121 Honduras Olimpia
2 DF Osman Chávez 29 July 1984 (aged 29) 54 China Qingdao Jonoon
15 MF Roger Espinoza 25 October 1986 (aged 27) 41 England Wigan Athletic
16 FW Rony Martínez 16 October 1988 (aged 25) 12 Honduras Real Sociedad
5 DF Víctor Bernárdez 24 May 1982 (aged 32) 77 United States San Jose Earthquakes
8 MF Wilson Palacios 29 July 1984 (aged 29) 94 England Stoke City
14 MF Óscar García 4 September 1984 (aged 29) 92 United States Houston Dynamo

Iran

Javad Nekounam

Iran rely on players that mostly come from the local league, but Ashkan Dejagah of Fulham and Steven Beitashour who plays for Vancouver are expected to bring a bit more into this squad, although the big star is their captain and top scorer from the qualifiers, Javad Nekounam, who plays for Al-Kuwait.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
20 DF Steven Beitashour 1 February 1987 (aged 27) 6 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps
16 FW Reza Ghoochannejhad 20 September 1987 (aged 26) 13 England Charlton Athletic
21 MF Ashkan Dejagah 5 July 1986 (aged 27) 13 England Fulham
22 GK Daniel Davari 6 January 1988 (aged 26) 4 Germany Eintracht Braunschweig
2 MF Khosro Heydari 14 September 1983 (aged 30) 48 Iran Esteghlal
5 DF Amir Hossein Sadeghi 6 September 1981 (aged 32) 16 Iran Esteghlal
14 MF Andranik Teymourian 6 March 1983 (aged 31) 78 Iran Esteghlal
19 DF Hashem Beikzadeh 22 January 1984 (aged 30) 17 Iran Esteghlal
18 MF Bakhtiar Rahmani 23 September 1991 (aged 22) 4 Iran Foolad
17 DF Ahmad Alenemeh 10 October 1982 (aged 31) 9 Iran Naft Tehran
4 DF Jalal Hosseini 3 February 1982 (aged 32) 84 Iran Persepolis
8 MF Reza Haghighi 1 February 1989 (aged 25) 7 Iran Persepolis
13 DF Hossein Mahini 16 September 1986 (aged 27) 21 Iran Persepolis
23 DF Mehrdad Pouladi 26 February 1987 (aged 27) 19 Iran Persepolis
1 GK Rahman Ahmadi 30 July 1980 (aged 33) 10 Iran Sepahan
3 MF Ehsan Hajsafi 25 February 1990 (aged 24) 61 Iran Sepahan
10 FW Karim Ansarifard 3 April 1990 (aged 24) 41 Iran Tractor Sazi
11 MF Ghasem Haddadifar 12 July 1983 (aged 30) 16 Iran Zob Ahan
6 MF Javad Nekounam (c) 7 October 1980 (aged 33) 139 Kuwait Al-Kuwait
9 FW Alireza Jahanbakhsh 11 August 1993 (aged 20) 6 Netherlands NEC
12 GK Alireza Haghighi 2 May 1988 (aged 26) 5 Portugal Sporting Covilhã
15 DF Pejman Montazeri 6 September 1983 (aged 30) 21 Qatar Umm Salal
7 MF Masoud Shojaei 9 June 1984 (aged 30) 49 Spain Las Palmas

Italy

Ginaluigi Buffon

A team you can’t really tell what’s going to happen with them. Gianluigi Buffon leads a defense relying on the strengths of the Italian champions, Juventus, and some remenants from the side that won the 2006 World Cup with an impressive defensive display. Andrea Pirlo has a lot riding on his talent and set piece ability, while many are hoping for the talents of Mario Balotelli to last for more than just one match.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 GK Gianluigi Buffon (c) 28 January 1978 (aged 36) 139 Italy Juventus
2 DF Mattia De Sciglio 20 October 1992 (aged 21) 10 Italy Milan
3 DF Giorgio Chiellini 14 August 1984 (aged 29) 67 Italy Juventus
4 DF Matteo Darmian 2 December 1989 (aged 24) 1 Italy Torino
5 MF Thiago Motta 28 August 1982 (aged 31) 20 France Paris Saint-Germain
6 MF Antonio Candreva 28 February 1987 (aged 27) 19 Italy Lazio
7 DF Ignazio Abate 12 November 1986 (aged 27) 19 Italy Milan
8 MF Claudio Marchisio 19 January 1986 (aged 28) 43 Italy Juventus
9 FW Mario Balotelli 12 August 1990 (aged 23) 29 Italy Milan
10 FW Antonio Cassano 12 July 1982 (aged 31) 36 Italy Parma
11 FW Alessio Cerci 23 July 1987 (aged 26) 11 Italy Torino
12 GK Salvatore Sirigu 12 January 1987 (aged 27) 8 France Paris Saint-Germain
13 GK Mattia Perin 10 November 1992 (aged 21) 0 Italy Genoa
14 MF Alberto Aquilani 7 July 1984 (aged 29) 34 Italy Fiorentina
15 DF Andrea Barzagli 8 May 1981 (aged 33) 47 Italy Juventus
16 MF Daniele De Rossi 24 July 1983 (aged 30) 94 Italy Roma
17 FW Ciro Immobile 20 February 1990 (aged 24) 2 Italy Torino
18 MF Marco Parolo 25 January 1985 (aged 29) 3 Italy Parma
19 DF Leonardo Bonucci 1 May 1987 (aged 27) 36 Italy Juventus
20 DF Gabriel Paletta 15 February 1986 (aged 28) 2 Italy Parma
21 MF Andrea Pirlo 19 May 1979 (aged 35) 108 Italy Juventus
22 FW Lorenzo Insigne 4 June 1991 (aged 23) 4 Italy Napoli
23 MF Marco Verratti 5 November 1992 (aged 21) 5 France Paris Saint-Germain

Ivory Coast

Didier Drogba

The last two World Cups were cruel to the Ivory Coast, twice finding themselves in the group of death despite being considered the best African side. Things have changed, and they do have an easier group to deal with this time, but also less talent than before. Yaya Toure is one of the best midfielders in the world, but Didier Drogba is nowhere near the player he once was, although Wilfried Bony might provide considerable firepower next to him.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
GK Boubacar Barry 30 December 1979 (aged 34) 79 Belgium Lokeren
GK Sayouba Mandé 5 June 1993 (aged 21) 1 Norway Stabæk
GK Sylvain Gbohouo 29 October 1988 (aged 25) 1 Ivory Coast Séwé Sport
DF Arthur Boka 2 April 1983 (aged 31) 79 Germany VfB Stuttgart
DF Constant Djakpa 17 October 1986 (aged 27) 4 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
DF Didier Zokora 14 December 1980 (aged 33) 119 Turkey Trabzonspor
DF Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro 11 October 1992 (aged 21) 1 France Toulouse
DF Kolo Touré 19 March 1981 (aged 33) 106 England Liverpool
DF Ousmane Viera 21 December 1986 (aged 27) 3 Turkey Çaykur Rizespor
DF Serge Aurier 24 December 1992 (aged 21) 8 France Toulouse
DF Sol Bamba 13 January 1985 (aged 29) 43 Turkey Trabzonspor
MF Cheick Tioté 21 June 1986 (aged 27) 44 England Newcastle United
MF Didier Ya Konan 25 February 1984 (aged 30) 25 Germany Hannover 96
MF Ismaël Diomandé 28 August 1992 (aged 21) 1 France Saint-Étienne
MF Serey Die 7 November 1984 (aged 29) 6 Switzerland Basel
MF Yaya Touré 13 May 1983 (aged 31) 83 England Manchester City
FW Didier Drogba (c) 11 March 1978 (aged 36) 100 Turkey Galatasaray
FW Gervinho 27 May 1987 (aged 27) 53 Italy Roma
FW Giovanni Sio 31 March 1989 (aged 25) 7 Switzerland Basel
FW Mathis Bolly 14 November 1990 (aged 23) 3 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf
FW Max Gradel 30 November 1987 (aged 26) 25 France Saint-Étienne
FW Salomon Kalou 5 August 1985 (aged 28) 64 France Lille
FW Wilfried Bony 10 December 1988 (aged 25) 24 Wales Swansea City

Japan

Makoto Hasebe

Japan find themselves in an unlikely situation: Possible favorites to come out of their group as the number one team. They are in their fifth consecutive World Cup appearance, hoping to make it out of the group stage for a third time, relying on Shinji Kagawa, Keisuke Honda and Yuto Nagatomo, playing on opposite sides of the Milan derby, to provide the extra quality a disciplined and energetic squad needs to finish among the top two.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 GK Eiji Kawashima 20 March 1983 (aged 31) 56 Belgium Standard Liège
10 MF Shinji Kagawa 17 March 1989 (aged 25) 56 England Manchester United
22 DF Maya Yoshida 24 August 1988 (aged 25) 40 England Southampton
8 MF Hiroshi Kiyotake 12 November 1989 (aged 24) 25 Germany 1. FC Nürnberg
17 MF Makoto Hasebe (c) 18 January 1984 (aged 30) 78 Germany 1. FC Nürnberg
18 FW Yuya Osako 18 May 1990 (aged 24) 8 Germany 1860 München
21 DF Hiroki Sakai 12 April 1990 (aged 24) 17 Germany Hannover 96
9 FW Shinji Okazaki 16 April 1986 (aged 28) 75 Germany Mainz 05
2 DF Atsuto Uchida 27 March 1988 (aged 26) 67 Germany Schalke 04
3 DF Gōtoku Sakai 14 February 1991 (aged 23) 12 Germany VfB Stuttgart
5 DF Yuto Nagatomo 12 September 1986 (aged 27) 69 Italy Internazionale
4 MF Keisuke Honda 13 June 1986 (aged 27) 55 Italy Milan
11 FW Yoichiro Kakitani 3 January 1990 (aged 24) 11 Japan Cerezo Osaka
16 MF Hotaru Yamaguchi 6 October 1990 (aged 23) 11 Japan Cerezo Osaka
6 DF Masato Morishige 21 May 1987 (aged 27) 9 Japan F.C. Tokyo
23 GK Shūichi Gonda 3 March 1989 (aged 25) 2 Japan F.C. Tokyo
7 MF Yasuhito Endō 28 January 1980 (aged 34) 143 Japan Gamba Osaka
15 DF Yasuyuki Konno 25 January 1983 (aged 31) 80 Japan Gamba Osaka
19 DF Masahiko Inoha 28 August 1983 (aged 30) 21 Japan Jubilo Iwata
13 FW Yoshito Ōkubo 9 June 1982 (aged 32) 56 Japan Kawasaki Frontale
14 MF Toshihiro Aoyama 22 February 1986 (aged 28) 5 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima
12 GK Shusaku Nishikawa 18 June 1986 (aged 27) 12 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
20 FW Manabu Saitō 4 April 1990 (aged 24) 4 Japan Yokohama F. Marinos

Mexico

Rafa Marquez

The Mexican team barely made it into the competition, but expectations are always high when it comes to El Tri, making it past the group stage but losing in the round of 16 in all of the last five tournaments they’ve been to. Overall this is the 15th World Cup for Mexico, with their best achievement being the quarterfinals, twice making it to the last eight when they hosted the tournament in 1970 and 1986.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 GK José de Jesús Corona 26 January 1981 (aged 33) 33 Mexico Cruz Azul
2 DF Francisco Javier Rodríguez 20 October 1981 (aged 32) 94 Mexico América
3 DF Carlos Salcido 2 April 1980 (aged 34) 122 Mexico UANL
4 DF Rafael Márquez (c) 13 February 1979 (aged 35) 119 Mexico León
5 DF Diego Reyes 19 September 1992 (aged 21) 14 Portugal Porto
6 MF Héctor Herrera 19 April 1990 (aged 24) 12 Portugal Porto
7 DF Miguel Layún 25 June 1988 (aged 25) 14 Mexico América
8 MF Marco Fabián 21 July 1989 (aged 24) 14 Mexico Cruz Azul
9 FW Raúl Jiménez 5 May 1991 (aged 23) 25 Mexico América
10 FW Giovani dos Santos 11 May 1989 (aged 25) 75 Spain Villarreal
11 FW Alan Pulido 8 March 1991 (aged 23) 5 Mexico UANL
12 GK Alfredo Talavera 18 September 1982 (aged 31) 14 Mexico Toluca
13 GK Guillermo Ochoa 13 July 1985 (aged 28) 58 France Ajaccio
14 FW Javier Hernández 1 June 1988 (aged 26) 61 England Manchester United
15 DF Héctor Moreno 17 January 1988 (aged 26) 52 Spain Espanyol
16 DF Miguel Ángel Ponce 12 April 1989 (aged 25) 8 Mexico Toluca
17 MF Isaác Brizuela 28 August 1990 (aged 23) 7 Mexico Toluca
18 DF Andrés Guardado 28 September 1986 (aged 27) 103 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
19 FW Oribe Peralta 12 January 1984 (aged 30) 32 Mexico Santos Laguna
20 MF Javier Aquino 11 February 1990 (aged 24) 21 Spain Villarreal
21 MF Carlos Peña 29 March 1990 (aged 24) 16 Mexico León
22 DF Paul Aguilar 6 March 1986 (aged 28) 29 Mexico América
23 MF José Juan Vázquez 14 March 1988 (aged 26) 4 Mexico León

Netherlands

Robin van Persie

Three-time World Cup finalists waiting for their first win, the Dutch team made the final in 2010 as well but without winning over too many neutrals for their style and even violent approach. They had no problem in the qualifiers, which is customary, but after their poor performance in the 2012 European Championship the pressure will be on Louis van Gaal and his players to prove it was a one-time slip up.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 GK Jasper Cillessen 22 April 1989 (aged 25) 7 Netherlands Ajax
2 DF Ron Vlaar 16 February 1985 (aged 29) 23 England Aston Villa
3 DF Stefan de Vrij 5 February 1992 (aged 22) 11 Netherlands Feyenoord
4 DF Bruno Martins Indi 8 February 1992 (aged 22) 15 Netherlands Feyenoord
5 DF Daley Blind 9 March 1990 (aged 24) 11 Netherlands Ajax
6 MF Jonathan de Guzmán 13 September 1987 (aged 26) 10 Wales Swansea City
7 DF Daryl Janmaat 22 July 1989 (aged 24) 15 Netherlands Feyenoord
8 MF Nigel de Jong 13 November 1984 (aged 29) 70 Italy Milan
9 FW Robin van Persie (c) 6 August 1983 (aged 30) 84 England Manchester United
10 MF Wesley Sneijder 9 June 1984 (aged 30) 98 Turkey Galatasaray
11 MF Arjen Robben 23 January 1984 (aged 30) 74 Germany Bayern Munich
12 DF Paul Verhaegh 1 September 1983 (aged 30) 2 Germany Augsburg
13 DF Joël Veltman 15 January 1992 (aged 22) 2 Netherlands Ajax
14 DF Terence Kongolo 14 February 1994 (aged 20) 1 Netherlands Feyenoord
15 FW Dirk Kuyt 22 July 1980 (aged 33) 98 Turkey Fenerbahçe
16 MF Jordy Clasie 27 June 1991 (aged 22) 8 Netherlands Feyenoord
17 FW Jeremain Lens 24 November 1987 (aged 26) 21 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
18 MF Leroy Fer 5 January 1990 (age 24) 5 England Norwich City
19 FW Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 12 August 1983 (aged 30) 61 Germany Schalke 04
20 MF Georginio Wijnaldum 11 November 1990 (aged 23) 4 Netherlands PSV
21 MF Memphis Depay 13 February 1994 (aged 20) 6 Netherlands PSV
22 GK Michel Vorm 3 October 1983 (aged 30) 14 Wales Swansea City
23 GK Tim Krul 3 April 1988 (aged 26) 5 England Newcastle United

Nigeria

Vincent Enyeama

The defending African champions aren’t bringing a squad with mostly players from the local league this time. Talent is never a problem with Nigeria, and Stephen Keshi has proved he is very capable of handling the huge egos on this squad. However, suspicions of match fixing and under performing in recent matches might become a bit more of a problem once this tournament begins.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
FW Michael Uchebo 2 February 1990 (aged 24) 3 Belgium Cercle Brugge
MF Reuben Gabriel 25 September 1990 (aged 23) 11 Belgium Waasland-Beveren
MF John Obi Mikel 22 April 1987 (aged 27) 59 England Chelsea
MF Victor Moses 12 December 1990 (aged 23) 20 England Liverpool
DF Kenneth Omeruo 17 October 1993 (aged 20) 17 England Middlesbrough
FW Shola Ameobi 12 October 1981 (aged 32) 6 England Newcastle United
DF Joseph Yobo 6 September 1980 (aged 33) 96 England Norwich City
FW Peter Odemwingie 15 July 1981 (aged 32) 60 England Stoke City
GK Vincent Enyeama (c) 29 August 1982 (aged 31) 90 France Lille
DF Juwon Oshaniwa 14 September 1990 (aged 23) 10 Israel Ashdod
GK Austin Ejide 8 April 1984 (aged 30) 32 Israel Hapoel Be’er Sheva
MF Ogenyi Onazi 25 December 1992 (aged 21) 20 Italy Lazio
DF Uwa Elderson Echiéjilé 20 January 1988 (aged 26) 42 Monaco Monaco
FW Uche Nwofor 17 September 1991 (aged 22) 6 Netherlands Heerenveen
GK Chigozie Agbim 28 November 1984 (aged 29) 11 Nigeria Gombe United
DF Kunle Odunlami 5 March 1990 (aged 24) 10 Nigeria Sunshine Stars
DF Azubuike Egwuekwe 16 July 1989 (aged 24) 32 Nigeria Warri Wolves
FW Ahmed Musa 14 October 1992 (aged 21) 35 Russia CSKA Moscow
DF Efe Ambrose 18 October 1988 (aged 25) 36 Scotland Celtic
MF Ramon Azeez 12 December 1992 (aged 21) 1 Spain Almería
FW Emmanuel Emenike 10 May 1987 (aged 27) 22 Turkey Fenerbahçe
DF Godfrey Oboabona 16 August 1990 (aged 23) 35 Turkey Çaykur Rizespor
MF Michael Babatunde 24 December 1992 (aged 21) 4 Ukraine Volyn Lutsk

Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo and 22 more players, that’s the motto, even though other players won’t like the sound of that. Portugal have a solid defense and some very talented midfield players. However, all eyes will be on the most recent Ballon d’Or winner, who is hoping that the jokes about him dancing around after his garbage time goal in the Champions League Final will go away if he has a great World Cup.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 GK Eduardo 19 September 1982 (aged 31) 33 Portugal Braga
2 DF Bruno Alves 27 November 1981 (aged 32) 71 Turkey Fenerbahçe
3 DF Pepe 26 February 1983 (aged 31) 57 Spain Real Madrid
4 MF Miguel Veloso 11 May 1986 (aged 28) 47 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
5 DF Fábio Coentrão 11 March 1988 (aged 26) 43 Spain Real Madrid
6 MF William Carvalho 7 April 1992 (aged 22) 3 Portugal Sporting
7 FW Cristiano Ronaldo (c) 5 February 1985 (aged 29) 110 Spain Real Madrid
8 MF João Moutinho 8 September 1986 (aged 27) 66 Monaco Monaco
9 FW Hugo Almeida 23 May 1984 (aged 30) 54 Turkey Beşiktaş
10 MF Vieirinha 24 January 1986 (aged 28) 7 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
11 FW Éder 22 December 1987 (aged 26) 7 Portugal Braga
12 GK Rui Patrício 15 February 1988 (aged 26) 29 Portugal Sporting
13 DF Ricardo Costa 16 May 1981 (aged 33) 18 Spain Valencia
14 DF Luís Neto 26 May 1988 (aged 26) 7 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
15 MF Rafa Silva 17 May 1993 (aged 21) 2 Portugal Braga
16 MF Raul Meireles 17 March 1983 (aged 31) 73 Turkey Fenerbahçe
17 MF Nani 17 November 1986 (aged 27) 73 England Manchester United
18 MF Silvestre Varela 2 February 1985 (aged 29) 22 Portugal Porto
19 DF André Almeida 10 September 1990 (aged 23) 3 Portugal Benfica
20 MF Rúben Amorim 27 January 1985 (aged 29) 11 Portugal Benfica
21 DF João Pereira 25 February 1984 (aged 30) 35 Spain Valencia
22 GK Beto 1 May 1982 (aged 32) 7 Spain Sevilla
23 FW Hélder Postiga 2 August 1982 (aged 31) 67 Italy Lazio

Russia

Roman Shirokov

They have the best manager in the tournament, but will that be enough? Russia have a strong side that disappointed in Euro 2012 after a brilliant start. They did very well in the qualifiers and seem to be quite stocked in every position but without anyone that stands out in terms of the usual definitions of world class or brilliant. That sounds like maybe, possibly, enough for a round of 16 or quarterfinals, but nothing more.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 GK Igor Akinfeev 8 April 1986 (aged 28) 67 Russia CSKA Moscow
12 GK Yuri Lodygin 26 May 1990 (aged 24) 2 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
16 GK Sergey Ryzhikov 19 September 1980 (aged 33) 1 Russia Rubin Kazan
2 DF Aleksei Kozlov 16 November 1986 (aged 27) 10 Russia Dynamo Moscow
3 DF Georgi Shchennikov 27 April 1991 (aged 23) 3 Russia CSKA Moscow
4 DF Sergei Ignashevich 14 July 1979 (aged 34) 95 Russia CSKA Moscow
6 DF Andrei Semyonov 24 March 1989 (aged 25) 1 Russia Terek Grozny
13 DF Vladimir Granat 22 May 1987 (aged 27) 4 Russia Dynamo Moscow
14 DF Vasili Berezutski 20 June 1982 (aged 31) 77 Russia CSKA Moscow
22 DF Andrey Yeshchenko 9 February 1984 (aged 30) 11 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala
23 DF Dmitri Kombarov 22 January 1987 (aged 27) 21 Russia Spartak Moscow
7 MF Igor Denisov 17 May 1984 (aged 30) 42 Russia Dynamo Moscow
8 MF Denis Glushakov 27 January 1987 (aged 27) 26 Russia Spartak Moscow
10 MF Alan Dzagoev 17 June 1990 (aged 23) 31 Russia CSKA Moscow
15 MF Roman Shirokov (c) 6 July 1981 (aged 32) 40 Russia Krasnodar
17 MF Oleg Shatov 29 July 1990 (aged 23) 6 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
20 MF Viktor Fayzulin 22 April 1986 (aged 28) 18 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
5 FW Yuri Zhirkov 20 August 1983 (aged 30) 59 Russia Dynamo Moscow
9 FW Aleksandr Kokorin 19 March 1991 (aged 23) 20 Russia Dynamo Moscow
11 FW Aleksandr Kerzhakov 27 November 1982 (aged 31) 79 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
18 FW Aleksei Ionov 18 February 1989 (aged 25) 5 Russia Dynamo Moscow
19 FW Aleksandr Samedov 19 July 1984 (aged 29) 16 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
21 FW Maksim Kanunnikov 14 July 1991 (aged 22) 2 Russia Rubin Kazan

South Korea

Koo Ja-Cheol

Park Chu-Young and Lee Keun-Ho are the best players on a experienced side that has a nice blend of players from Asian leagues and Europe (mostly Germany), and are hoping to make it out of the group stage for only the third time in their World Cup history, making the competition every time since 1986.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
8 MF Ha Dae-Sung 2 March 1985 (aged 29) 13 China Beijing Guoan
5 DF Kim Young-Gwon 27 February 1990 (aged 24) 20 China Guangzhou Evergrande
15 MF Park Jong-Woo 10 March 1989 (aged 25) 10 China Guangzhou R&F
17 MF Lee Chung-Yong 2 July 1988 (aged 25) 54 England Bolton Wanderers
3 DF Yun Suk-Young 13 February 1990 (aged 24) 3 England Queens Park Rangers
16 MF Ki Sung-Yueng 24 January 1989 (aged 25) 58 England Sunderland
10 FW Park Chu-Young 10 July 1985 (aged 28) 63 England Watford
9 FW Son Heung-Min 8 July 1992 (aged 21) 24 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
19 FW Ji Dong-Won 28 May 1991 (aged 23) 27 Germany FC Augsburg
20 DF Hong Jeong-Ho 12 August 1989 (aged 24) 24 Germany FC Augsburg
13 MF Koo Ja-Cheol (c) 27 February 1989 (aged 25) 36 Germany Mainz 05
22 DF Park Joo-Ho[57] 16 January 1987 (aged 27) 13 Germany Mainz 05
2 DF Kim Chang-Soo 12 September 1985 (aged 28) 8 Japan Kashiwa Reysol
14 MF Han Kook-Young 19 April 1990 (aged 24) 9 Japan Kashiwa Reysol
6 DF Hwang Seok-Ho 27 June 1989 (aged 24) 3 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima
4 DF Kwak Tae-Hwi 8 July 1981 (aged 32) 34 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
23 GK Lee Bum-Young 2 April 1989 (aged 25) 0 South Korea Busan I’Park
11 FW Lee Keun-Ho 11 April 1985 (aged 29) 63 South Korea Sangju Sangmu
1 GK Jung Sung-Ryong 4 January 1985 (aged 29) 60 South Korea Suwon Bluewings
12 DF Lee Yong 24 December 1986 (aged 27) 11 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai
18 FW Kim Shin-Wook 14 April 1988 (aged 26) 26 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai
21 GK Kim Seung-Gyu 30 September 1990 (aged 23) 5 South Korea Ulsan Hyundai
7 MF Kim Bo-Kyung 6 October 1989 (aged 24) 27 Wales Cardiff City

Spain

Spain

The World champions and also two-time European champions seem to be coming in a bit weaker than before. The tiki-taka is no longer the most efficient football style in the world, and Spain have that 3-0 loss to Brazil in the Confederation Cup probably sitting somewhere in the back of their minds. However, this is still a team filled with stars on defense and the midfield, bringing in 14 players from Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
20 MF Santi Cazorla 13 December 1984 (aged 29) 62 England Arsenal
9 FW Fernando Torres 20 March 1984 (aged 30) 107 England Chelsea
22 DF César Azpilicueta 28 August 1989 (aged 24) 6 England Chelsea
21 MF David Silva 8 January 1986 (aged 28) 79 England Manchester City
12 GK David de Gea 7 November 1990 (aged 23) 0 England Manchester United
13 MF Juan Mata 28 April 1988 (aged 26) 32 England Manchester United
4 MF Javi Martínez 2 September 1988 (aged 25) 16 Germany Bayern Munich
2 DF Raúl Albiol 4 September 1985 (aged 28) 46 Italy Napoli
23 GK Pepe Reina 31 August 1982 (aged 31) 31 Italy Napoli
5 DF Juanfran 9 January 1985 (aged 29) 6 Spain Atlético Madrid
7 FW David Villa 3 December 1981 (aged 32) 94 Spain Atlético Madrid
17 MF Koke 8 January 1992 (aged 22) 7 Spain Atlético Madrid
19 FW Diego Costa 7 October 1988 (aged 25) 1 Spain Atlético Madrid
3 DF Gerard Piqué 2 February 1987 (aged 27) 60 Spain Barcelona
6 MF Andrés Iniesta 11 May 1984 (aged 30) 95 Spain Barcelona
8 MF Xavi 25 January 1980 (aged 34) 131 Spain Barcelona
10 MF Cesc Fàbregas 4 May 1987 (aged 27) 88 Spain Barcelona
11 FW Pedro 28 July 1987 (aged 26) 38 Spain Barcelona
16 MF Sergio Busquets 16 July 1988 (aged 25) 64 Spain Barcelona
18 DF Jordi Alba 21 March 1989 (aged 25) 25 Spain Barcelona
1 GK Iker Casillas (c) 20 May 1981 (aged 33) 153 Spain Real Madrid
14 MF Xabi Alonso 25 November 1981 (aged 32) 109 Spain Real Madrid
15 DF Sergio Ramos 30 March 1986 (aged 28) 115 Spain Real Madrid

Switzerland

Gokhan Inler

A strong Swiss team in a much more comfortable group than the one they had in 2010, with players coming from the Bundesliga, Italy and their own local league. The squad has a nice blend of experience and youth, with most of their strength residing in their midfield thanks to Inler, Shaqiri and others, although there should be plenty of creativity to be seen from this side unlike four years ago.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 GK Diego Benaglio 8 September 1983 (aged 30) 56 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
21 GK Roman Bürki 14 November 1990 (aged 23) 0 Switzerland Grasshopper
12 GK Yann Sommer 17 December 1988 (aged 25) 6 Switzerland Basel
22 DF Fabian Schär 20 December 1991 (aged 22) 5 Switzerland Basel
20 DF Johan Djourou 18 January 1987 (aged 27) 44 Germany Hamburger SV
6 DF Michael Lang 8 February 1991 (aged 23) 5 Switzerland Grasshopper
4 DF Philippe Senderos 14 February 1985 (aged 29) 53 Spain Valencia
3 DF Reto Ziegler 16 January 1986 (aged 28) 35 Italy Sassuolo
13 DF Ricardo Rodríguez 25 August 1992 (aged 21) 20 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
2 DF Stephan Lichtsteiner 16 January 1984 (aged 30) 62 Italy Juventus
5 DF Steve von Bergen 10 June 1983 (aged 31) 40 Switzerland Young Boys
15 MF Blerim Džemaili 12 April 1986 (aged 28) 33 Italy Napoli
16 MF Gelson Fernandes 2 September 1986 (aged 27) 47 Germany SC Freiburg
10 MF Granit Xhaka 27 September 1992 (aged 21) 25 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
8 MF Gökhan Inler (c) 27 June 1984 (aged 29) 71 Italy Napoli
7 MF Tranquillo Barnetta 22 May 1985 (aged 29) 73 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
14 MF Valentin Stocker 12 April 1989 (aged 25) 23 Switzerland Basel
11 MF Valon Behrami 19 April 1985 (aged 29) 47 Italy Napoli
23 MF Xherdan Shaqiri 10 October 1991 (aged 22) 32 Germany Bayern Munich
18 FW Admir Mehmedi 16 March 1991 (aged 23) 20 Germany SC Freiburg
9 FW Haris Seferović 22 February 1992 (aged 22) 10 Spain Real Sociedad
19 FW Josip Drmić 8 August 1992 (aged 21) 6 Germany 1. FC Nürnberg
17 FW Mario Gavranović 24 November 1989 (aged 24) 10 Switzerland Zürich

United States

Clint Dempsey

A transnational squad for the USA, always coming in with bigger expectations than they should, as Jurgen Klinsmann sees 2018 as a more realistic target for their future success. It hasn’t helped him in the public opinion’s court that he didn’t include Landon Donovan in the squad, but there’s enough experience even without him. The question is – is there enough talent?

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
4 MF Michael Bradley 31 July 1987 (aged 26) 85 Canada Toronto FC
12 GK Brad Guzan 9 September 1984 (aged 29) 25 England Aston Villa
1 GK Tim Howard 6 March 1979 (aged 35) 99 England Everton
20 DF Geoff Cameron 11 July 1985 (aged 28) 26 England Stoke City
17 FW Jozy Altidore 6 November 1989 (aged 24) 69 England Sunderland
11 MF Alejandro Bedoya 29 April 1987 (aged 27) 27 France Nantes
21 DF Timothy Chandler 29 March 1990 (aged 24) 12 Germany 1. FC Nürnberg
23 DF Fabian Johnson 11 December 1987 (aged 26) 21 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim
16 MF Julian Green 6 June 1995 (aged 19) 2 Germany Bayern Munich
6 DF John Brooks 28 January 1993 (aged 21) 4 Germany Hertha Berlin
7 DF DaMarcus Beasley 24 May 1982 (aged 32) 115 Mexico Puebla
9 FW Aron Jóhannsson 10 November 1990 (aged 23) 8 Netherlands AZ
10 MF Mikkel Diskerud 2 October 1990 (aged 23) 19 Norway Rosenborg
13 MF Jermaine Jones 3 November 1981 (aged 32) 41 Turkey Beşiktaş
14 MF Brad Davis 8 November 1981 (aged 32) 16 United States Houston Dynamo
3 DF Omar Gonzalez 11 October 1988 (aged 25) 19 United States Los Angeles Galaxy
15 MF Kyle Beckerman 23 April 1982 (aged 32) 36 United States Real Salt Lake
22 GK Nick Rimando 17 June 1979 (aged 34) 14 United States Real Salt Lake
18 FW Chris Wondolowski 28 January 1983 (aged 31) 20 United States San Jose Earthquakes
2 DF DeAndre Yedlin 9 July 1993 (aged 20) 4 United States Seattle Sounders FC
8 FW Clint Dempsey (c) 9 March 1983 (aged 31) 104 United States Seattle Sounders FC
5 DF Matt Besler 11 February 1987 (aged 27) 16 United States Sporting Kansas City
19 MF Graham Zusi 18 August 1986 (aged 27) 22 United States Sporting Kansas City

Uruguay

Diego Lugano

No one will be surprised this time if Uruguay have a great tournament after making the semifinal in 2010 and winning the 2011 Copa America. However, three years have past. Diego Forlan is in his twilight footballing years, and so are other many key players. Everything will fall on the shoulders of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani this time, two of the best strikers in the world.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 GK Fernando Muslera 16 June 1986 (aged 27) 57 Turkey Galatasaray
2 DF Diego Lugano (c) 2 November 1980 (aged 33) 93 England West Bromwich Albion
3 DF Diego Godín 16 February 1986 (aged 28) 76 Spain Atlético Madrid
4 DF Sebastián Coates 7 October 1990 (aged 23) 14 Uruguay Nacional
5 MF Walter Gargano 23 July 1984 (aged 29) 62 Italy Parma
6 MF Álvaro Pereira 28 November 1985 (aged 28) 56 Brazil São Paulo
7 MF Cristian Rodríguez 30 September 1985 (aged 28) 72 Spain Atlético Madrid
8 FW Abel Hernández 8 August 1990 (aged 23) 12 Italy Palermo
9 FW Luis Suárez 24 January 1987 (aged 27) 77 England Liverpool
10 FW Diego Forlán 19 May 1979 (aged 35) 109 Japan Cerezo Osaka
11 FW Christian Stuani 12 October 1986 (aged 27) 9 Spain Espanyol
12 GK Rodrigo Muñoz 22 January 1982 (aged 32) 0 Paraguay Libertad
13 DF Jorge Fucile 19 November 1984 (aged 29) 41 Portugal Porto
14 MF Nicolás Lodeiro 21 March 1989 (aged 25) 26 Brazil Botafogo
15 MF Diego Pérez 18 May 1980 (aged 34) 89 Italy Bologna
16 DF Maxi Pereira 8 June 1984 (aged 30) 89 Portugal Benfica
17 MF Egidio Arévalo Ríos 1 January 1982 (aged 32) 54 Mexico Morelia
18 MF Gastón Ramírez 2 December 1990 (aged 23) 28 England Southampton
19 DF José María Giménez 20 January 1995 (aged 19) 5 Spain Atlético Madrid
20 MF Álvaro González 29 October 1984 (aged 29) 42 Italy Lazio
21 FW Edinson Cavani 14 February 1987 (aged 27) 61 France Paris Saint-Germain
22 DF Martín Cáceres 7 April 1987 (aged 27) 56 Italy Juventus
23 GK Martín Silva 25 March 1983 (aged 31) 4 Brazil Vasco da Gama
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