Three years ago, Slovakia participated in a World Cup finals for the first time in its history. Four years before that, Trinidad and Tobago, Ivory Coast, Angola, Ghana, Togo and Ukraine made their World Cup debuts, and 2002 saw the introductions of China, Ecuador, Senegal and Slovenia.
New blood is one of the things that makes the World Cup so fascinating, and a handful of nations are looking to get into the most prestigious tournament in sports for the first time as 2014 qualification enters its latter stages.
Seven of them could realistically arrive in Brazil less than 14 months from now, and barring some major upsets at least three of them almost certainly will.
Let’s take a look at all seven, in alphabetical order.