Power Ranking All 32 Squads of the 2014 World Cup

2014 World Cup Power Rankings

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With World Cup preparation camps and pre-tournament friendlies well underway, the chances of each team winning are becoming clear. There have been some changes since the odds were published earlier this month. Here's a look at how all 32 nations stack up heading to Brazil this summer.

32. Iran

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32. Iran

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Iran is the long shot in Vegas, and they are one of two teams considered complete outcasts. They missed the 2010 World Cup and only earned one point at the 2006 tournament. The only match they could make close in their group is against Nigeria.

31. Algeria

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31. Algeria

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At the 2010 World Cup, Algeria failed to score a goal. Scoring is considered an anomaly in the history of the nation. Some say they waste time well, but Algeria is slowly changing its attacking mentality. They will have a young squad in Brazil.

30. Australia

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30. Australia

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After their first World Cup warm up match, the Socceroos were complaining about not being able to play with the official match ball. Perhaps their collective thinking is not in the right place although the ball can have an impact on the play. They were the first team to arrive in Brazil.

29. Cameroon

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29. Cameroon

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Cameroon may be one of the African nations that have a better grasp on the climate in Brazil. Regardless they will be considered the fourth-best team in Group A.

28. Costa Rica

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28. Costa Rica

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The Ticos took a big blow when Alvaro Saborio broke a bone in his foot and will be out 12-16 weeks. This reduces their flexibility up top and puts more pressure on young national team players.

27. Nigeria

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27. Nigeria

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Nigeria played to a 2-2 draw with Scotland earlier this week, which was not the result the Super Eagles were hoping for in their first prep match.

26. Honduras

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26. Honduras

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Honduras lost 2-0 to Turkey in their first preparation match. Turkey exposed their defense and gave all of their future World Cup opponents a game plan to beating Honduras.

25. Greece

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25. Greece

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This is an aging squad that relies on defense and set pieces. As the legs get weaker those two areas become harder to dominate. One player they will count on, Kostas Mitroglou, is struggling with injuries.

24. South Korea

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24. South Korea

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Although South Korea is the most successful Asian nation in World Cup history, the outlook for this year is bleak. They are relying on the heat of Miami to get ready for the tournament, but they are coming off a loss to Tunisia.

23. Japan

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23. Japan

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Goldman Sachs says that Japan has zero chance of winning the World Cup. That data is not to be questioned when it comes to Japan. They do have a slight chance to make the round of 16, but that is the deepest they could go.

22. Bosnia-Herzegovina

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22. Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Bosnia is in St. Louis exchanging jerseys with the Rams as part of their preparation in the United States. Edin Dzeko is a big reason that they are considered the favorite to advance out of the group with Argentina.

21. Ghana

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21. Ghana

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Ghana thinks that they have the USMNT's number, and the first match will go a long way to determining the fate of both teams. That game seems less important to Ghana. They also have two stars sitting out of the training camp to conserve their energy.

20. Croatia

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20. Croatia

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Croatia had a tough qualifying run and will take on Brazil in the first match of the World Cup. They will be in a fight for second place in the group. The performance of Luka Modric has given fans more optimism, but their defense will be their downfall.

19. Ivory Coast

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19. Ivory Coast

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The Ivory Coast is being favored by the bookies to be the best African nation in the competition. They are favorites to finish second in their group and have four great players. They may go as far as Yaya Toure takes them.

18. Mexico

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18. Mexico

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Mexico's shaky qualifying run still has many pundits hesitant to endorse their chances. They started their World Cup friendlies by giving a tribute to Blanco, which is being questioned. They will have a chance to finish second in their group, but the round of 16 would be the end.

17. Ecuador

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17. Ecuador

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South American countries have an inherent edge in the tournament. This team has risen from having their hotel reservation canceled at the 2004 Copa America in favor of Argentina. At one point last year they were ranked 10th in the world. Ecuador has a bright future.

16. England

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16. England

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England will be relying on club form to translate to play in the World Cup with a relatively young squad. They will sit in a fight to advance to the round of 16, but pressure from the media is high. They will also be stationed near one of the busiest areas of Brazil, which could cause more tension than necessary.

15. Netherlands

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15. Netherlands

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The 2010 World Cup runner up is taking a free fall. They are juggling their starters after the loss of Rafael Van Der Vaart. They will also be relying on aging players and those who have dealt with nagging injuries. Arjen Robben was near the top of the list in matches played over the last year.

14. USMNT

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14. USMNT

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There has been a lot of controversy with the USMNT lately. They are also in the Group of Death. The pressure is on them, but they will have more time to gel as a team with the final 23 already announced. These teams in the mid teens to low twenties all have the same goal which is get to the round of 16 and then see what happens.

13. Switzerland

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13. Switzerland

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The Swiss could be an exciting team to watch and have a higher FIFA Ranking than most would think. Of course most think that the rating is undeserved. They have a chance to upend France and make a statement.

12. Russia

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12. Russia

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Russia is a good team with proven talent and a good deal of experience. They have the pressure of hosting the next World Cup, but coach Fabio Capello has loosened his strict ways. Players are now given more freedom and luxuries.

11. Portugal

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11. Portugal

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Some may say that Portugal is too high up the list. However, many have described this team that got to the World Cup through a playoff as just Cristiano Ronaldo and 10 others. At this moment Ronaldo is nursing an injury.

10. Chile

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10. Chile

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This is an optimistic rating with the idea that Arturo Vidal will be healthy. Chile has a slight edge given where the team will play near its homeland and the fact that they have speed all over the field.

9. Colombia

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9. Colombia

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Again the fate of this team sits with an injured player rushing back to health. The message from Colombia is that they are still optimistic that Falcao will be able to play in Brazil.

8. Uruguay

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8. Uruguay

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The theme continues as Luis Suarez had to have surgery and is now a big concern for Uruguay. Edison Cavani did not take the reigns at PSG when he was the top striker, so faith in Cavani without Suarez may be low.

7. France

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7. France

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Confidence is high for perennial contender France. They have some very talented rising stars like Paul Pogba, but players like Franck Ribery continue to show signs of wear and enter the World Cup on less than stellar form.

6. Belgium

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6. Belgium

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The dark horse nation is actually seeing their betting line move in favor of the house. The squad is strong all over, but some players are concerned with chemistry. Adnan Januzaj was infused into the squad immediately. Romelu Lukaku scored a hat trick against subpar Luxembourg in their first tune-up match.

5. Italy

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5. Italy

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Italy has shown an ability to adapt to their competition unlike others. In the last year they have played a Juvenus-inspired 3-5-2 with a 4-3-1-2 transformation when needed. They will adjust to the competition.

4. Germany

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4. Germany

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Germany should be the favorite in every match until the semifinal. However, European teams do not fair well in South America, which causes their ranking to slip out of the top three.

3. Spain

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3. Spain

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Spain's victory in the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 Euros cannot be ignored. They also have arguably the best coach in the entire competition, Vicente Del Bosque. Their attacking prowess is in question with the injury to Diego Costa, but their defense could make up for any inefficiencies up front.

2. Argentina

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2. Argentina

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Argentina may have the best goal differential of the 16 teams that make it out of the group. They will play to outscore a lot of opponents. They are cited by many as the team to face the home country in the final and having Messi is always a bonus.

1. Brazil

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1. Brazil

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Depending on where you look, Brazil has as high as a 50 percent chance to win the World Cup. They seem to be oblivious to the pressures of playing at home. They are considering it a blessing and using it to their advantage as they should.

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  • Sebastian

    really good list, I agree with most of it. Uruguay is a little too high for my taste.