2014 World Cup Qualifying : 6 Heroes and Villains

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2014 World Cup Qualifying : 6 Heroes and Villains
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With such high stakes, it is no wonder that the various World Cup qualifying confederations have all produced their fair share of heroes and villains as the tournament proper in Brazil approaches.

Argentina, Brazil, Iran, South Korea, Australia, Japan, Italy, Netherlands, USA and Costa Rica have all booked their tickets to Brazil 2014, while a handful of other nations are on the verge of qualification.

Dozens more are already out of the reckoning for a spot in the tournament, and a few names who are usually present are teetering dangerously on the brink of elimination. 

Here are three of the great success stories, and three more infamous characters that the qualification process has thrown up this time around.

 

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