Ranking the 25 Best Nations Likely to Be at the 2014 World Cup

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Ranking the 25 Best Nations Likely to Be at the 2014 World Cup
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The 2014 FIFA World Cup is still a few months away, but that can't prevent us from looking ahead at the best teams with the biggest opportunity to be crowned the best football nation in the world.

Rather than simply discussing the obvious contenders such as Brazil and Spain, let's take a look at the 25 best nations that either have already qualified or should soon qualify for world football's biggest event.

Nations will be ranked from 25 to 1 in order of chances of winning the World Cup. Teams who have not yet officially qualified but still have a chance at earning a spot will be considered, but teams with no chance of qualification are not considered (for obvious reasons).

I will also include each team's Soccer Power Index ranking, courtesy of ESPN.com, to compare my rankings to theirs and start the debate that will rage on until one team emerges victorious in the summer of 2014.

Without any further introduction, let's get started with the 25th best team heading into next year's World Cup.

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