World Cup 2014: Predicting the 32 Teams That Will Qualify for Finals in Brazil

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World Cup 2014: Predicting the 32 Teams That Will Qualify for Finals in Brazil
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Exactly one year before the 2014 World Cup gets underway in Brazil, it's time to take a look back at my predictions from nine months ago and forecast any alterations to the 32 nations that will compete at the finals.

So far, only two nations are confirmed as taking part in the showpiece FIFA event—Brazil as hosts and Japan from the Asian qualifying section.

Most regions do not have many more matches left to play in the qualifying rounds, with some countries needing only one or two more victories to seal their places in Brazil next year.

The qualifiers are spread out as follows:

  • Hosts, one place
  • Africa (CAF), five places
  • Europe (UEFA), 13 places
  • North and Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), three or four places
  • Oceania (OFC), zero or one place
  • Asia (AFC), four or five places
  • South America (CONMEBOL), four or five places.

So here's another look at who could be competing exactly one year from today.

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