World Cup 2014: Predicting the 32 Teams That Will Make It

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World Cup 2014: Predicting the 32 Teams That Will Make It
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Qualification for the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil gets under way this week in the UEFA (European) stage of the competition, with most nations involved in at least one competitive fixture over the coming few days.

In the Africa, Asia and North/Central America regions, qualification is already up and running, while in South America they are fast approaching the halfway stage of their mammoth league table.

Predicting all the eventual qualifiers is a bit of a misnomer given that several regions still have to have playoffs and fixtures drawn "out of a hat," but we can certainly analyze which nations have stand-out performers and which have the best chance of making it to the world showpiece event.

The qualifiers are spread out as follows:

  • Hosts, one place
  • Africa (CAF), five places
  • Europe (UEFA), 13 places
  • North and Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), three or four places
  • Oceania (OFC), zero or one place
  • Asia (AFC), four or five places
  • South America (CONMEBOL), four or five places.

So let's start predicting, shall we?

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