World Cup 2014: Underrated National Sides the Power Teams Fear

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World Cup 2014: Underrated National Sides the Power Teams Fear

The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is getting closer with each month. As the qualification process intensifies, many underrated sides are still flying under the radar while the high-profile nations get attention. 

In the host continent of South America, Brazil has qualified as the host. Meanwhile, Argentina and Colombia attract the most attention in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying because they contain two of the world's best players in Argentina's Lionel Messi and Colombia's Radamel Falcao. 

In North America, the perennial favorites Mexico and the United States should qualify, but there are plenty of dangerous sides left in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. 

UEFA contains the past two champions in holders Spain and 2006 winners Italy. Joining those two nations as favorites for 2014 are Germany, France, England, Holland and Portugal, all of whom are expected to qualify for the tournament in Brazil.

In the other three continental zones, there are no true favorites to win the World Cup but they can always pull off a surprise run in the World Cup, much like Ghana did in the 2010 edition  in South Africa. 

Here are six nations that will be underrated going into Brazil and could surprise a few people. 

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