Outsider Nations with a Chance of Reaching the World Cup Last 8 in Brazil

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Outsider Nations with a Chance of Reaching the World Cup Last 8 in Brazil
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Outsider: A contestant given little chance of winning; a long shot.

In just over 12 months, 32 of football's finest will converge on Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.

In the next few weeks, a number of qualifiers will be played across the globe and we will be a step closer towards understanding the identity of the nations who will challenge for the game's most illustrious prize.

With that in mind, here's a look at which outsider nations are in with a chance of reaching the last eight next year.

But first a few criteria:

1. The eight favourites with bookmakers (Bet365) for the tournament—Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Italy and England—are all excluded. Logically, if they're amongst the eight favourites, then how can they be outsiders?

2. France are also excluded. Finalists in 2006, Les Blues are still amongst European football's major players. Despite their struggles under Raymond Domenech in South Africa at the 2010 World Cup, a quarter-final place next year (assuming they qualify) is something of a minimum requirement.

3. Uruguay also find themselves on the exclusion list. Semi-finalists in South Africa and Copa America winners a year later, although qualification has been a struggle thus far, if they do qualify I'm of the opinion they have enough quality to make another foray into the very latter stages of the tournament.

With that being said, here's a look at eight World Cup outsiders, who could be good for a run into the quarter-finals:

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