6 Biggest Sleepers Heading into 2014 World Cup in Brazil

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6 Biggest Sleepers Heading into 2014 World Cup in Brazil
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With just over a year remaining until the 2014 World Cup captivates global attention, the tournament favorites have already been established.

In almost every installment of the world's biggest sporting event, though, a few nations are able to overcome some seemingly long odds and make a deep run to the tournament's latter stages.

In 2010, Slovakia, Ghana and Uruguay's runs to the round of 16, quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, were not tipped by too many before the first ball was kicked.

Hence, one might be wise to expect a surprising face to challenge the likes of Spain, Brazil, Germany and Argentina for places in the semifinals.

So what teams have a chance to make such a run in Brazil and cut through the heavy favorites on their way to the knockout stages?

Here are the six biggest sleepers for the 2014 World Cup.

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