Power Ranking the 32 World Cup Qualifiers

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Power Ranking the 32 World Cup Qualifiers
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The countdown to the 2014 FIFA World Cup is well and truly on, with almost all the qualified nations for the finals now confirmed.

While predictions of teams' routes to glory will have to wait until pots are confirmed and groups are drawn, we can certainly assess the relative strengths of each nation and rank all 32 in accordance with how likely they are to make an impact on the tournament.

Form during the qualifiers themselves has been taken into account in the ranking, but an element of subjective analysis is also included; many of these nations will be playing in conditions or against opponents which they rarely are tested with, making direct comparisons difficult in terms of form or matching player for player.

Here are all 32 nations ranked from least to most likely to challenge for the biggest prize in all of football.


*Uruguay are included, as they have built up a tremendously large first-leg advantage. Should they fail to proceed to the finals as expected, their places will be taken and re-ordered with Jordan.

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