World Cup Predictions 2014: Players Guaranteed to Break Out on Grand Stage

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2013

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - OCTOBER 15: Edinson Cavani (#21) of Uruguay celebrates a goal during a match between Uruguay and Argentina as part of the 18th round of the South American Qualifiers for the FIFA's World Cup Brazil 2014 at Centenario Stadium Stadium on October 15, 2013 in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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World Cup 2014 is still months away, but with the 32-team field set, it's not too early to look ahead.

Brazil's Neymar, Argentina's Lionel Messi and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo are three can't-miss players set to lead their squads in Brazil next year, but there are several other must-see talents flying under the radar heading into 2014.

Below are a trio of stars guaranteed to breakout for their respective countries next summer. 


Mario Gotze, Germany

Germany's Mario Gotze will make his World Cup debut next summer in Brazil. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder was still a teenager hoping to be called up to the senior squad back in 2010, when the Germans were forced to settle for third place in South Africa. 

In 2014, expect the Bayern Munich star to play a significant role for Joachim Low's championship caliber squad.

After all, Gotze is one of the top playmakers in all of football. In addition to being a talented creator, Gotze is a lethal scorer when he wants to be. Keep in mind he scored 22 goals in 83 Bundesliga appearances with Borussia Dortmund from 2009 to 2013.

The Germans have loads of talent and depth on their roster, but Gotze is one player sure to shine in his first-ever World Cup.


Radamel Falcao, Colombia

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 19:  Falcao Garcia of Colombia runs with the ball during the International Friendly match between Netherlands and Colombia at Amsterdam ArenA on November 19, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Ima
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One of the top pure strikers on the planet, Colombia's Radamel Falcao will give opposing goalkeepers nightmares in South America next summer.

The 27-year-old forward has scored 20 goals for his country over the past six years but has left an even larger mark at the club level, where he's developed into a goal-scoring machine in recent years. 

After scoring 72 goals in 87 appearances with Porto from 2009 to 2011, Falcao netted 70 in 91 appearances for Atletico Madrid from 2011 to 2013. Falcao currently plays for French club Monaco, where his talents have caught the attention of Europe's premier clubs. 

But make no mistake, Falcao is much more than a scorer. The Colombian superstar is a skilled playmaker capable of opening up opportunities in the final third for others. 


Edinson Cavani, Uruguay 

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 30:  Edinson Cavani of Uruguay scores his team's second goal to make the score 2-2 during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 3rd Place match between Uruguay and Italy at Estadio Octavio Mangabeira (Arena Fonte Nova Salvador) o
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While most eyes will be on Uruguay's Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan next summer, dynamic forward Edinson Cavani may turn out to be the squad's biggest force in Brazil.

The 26-year-old striker has scored 20 goals for La Celeste since 2008 and has showcased his immense talent with European powerhouses Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli in recent years.

Like Suarez and Forlan, Cavani has already proven he can be counted on when the lights are the brightest. He scored his first-ever World Cup goal against Germany in the third-place game in South Africa more than three years ago and netted three goals this past summer at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

With so much attention being paid to Suarez around the box, Cavani is sure to benefit as he looks to lead Uruguay to its third World Cup title on South American soil.


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