There have been some big storylines in World Cup qualifying as we inch closer to the tournament proper.
Interesting results on the field have led to some new names inching closer to qualification, leaving some big nations worried. Every confederation—minus the Asian Football Confederation and the Oceania Football Confederation—has given us plenty to talk about in that regard.
While some stories, like Neymar's move to Barcelona, certainly make things interesting leading up to the World Cup, we're focusing on what's been going on during qualification process.
Here are the five biggest storylines during the 2014 World Cup qualifying period so far.