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They have Cristiano Ronaldo, but beyond their superstar captain, the roster is spotty.
Pepe, Joao Moutinho and Fabio Coentrao are among the team's other top-tier players, but there are too many questions elsewhere to confidently predict a semifinal berth.
Still, Ronaldo will be 29 and in his prime, and Portugal will be playing in a country that shares a language with them. Those factors must count for something.
El Tri shocked the world by winning gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Young, exciting stars like Marco Fabian and Hector Herrera are coming of age and could form a potent combination with established stars like Javier Hernandez, Carlos Salcido, Andres Guardado and Giovani dos Santos.
Problem is, that gold medal will have alerted the world to the danger Mexico can pose. El Tri will not surprise anyone in 2014, but they still might be good enough to reach the final four.
This team is looking scary, and in 2014, it might be world-class.
Check out the names: Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Thomas Vermaelen, Axel Witsel, Marouane Fellaini, Moussa Dembele. That's a strong core for what could be an excellent team from front to back.
It can never be as bad as Euro 2012 again, right? With these guys, it's always all or nothing. In 2010, they so very nearly won it all.
One of these years, an African will finally win a World Cup. Ghana nearly reached the semifinals two years ago in South Africa, and in another non-European setting for the 2014 Cup, an African team might benefit.
Zambia surprisingly won the African Nations Cup in 2012, and the Chipolopolo currently lead Ghana in their second-round African qualifying group (only the group winners advance to the third and final round).
So, hey, why not Zambia? Every World Cup needs a loveable underdog.