The ‘Nutella Curse’, the player who throws kebabs and the shirt of shame – gone are the days of Germany’s strict discipline
Will Joachim Löw opt for the passing style of Guardiola’s Bayern Munich or the pressing game of Klopp’s Dortmund? The answer may lie somewhere in between
A serious knee injury looked to have ended his World Cup chances, but Sami Khedira is no ordinary player – six months later he completed an astonishing return to Germany’s squad
Which Portugal player has a famous footballing ancestry in Brazil, which mild-mannered striker lost his head in the heat of an Istanbul derby, and who can be recognised by his beard?
With Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks it sometimes seems anything is possible, but a lack of new talent emerging since Euro 2012 is a worry for Paulo Bento’s side
The Sporting Lisbon powerhouse emerged to startling effect last season in Portugal, and a place in Portugal’s starting XI in Brazil is the logical next step
Kwesi Appiah has filled the Black Stars with belief, and their exciting attack of Asamoah Gyan and Abdul Majeed Waris are ably supported by a midfield blending youth and experience
Which Ghana player possibly gets help from spiritualists, which one gave away a house and which one used to sell water on the streets of Accra to make a living?
Ghana have some big names, but nobody really talks about the Black Stars’ midfield enforcer Rabiu, which is just how he likes it
Tattoos, nine-year grown dreadlocks and the ‘sno-fro’ look – the US team are going to be eye-catching however they get on