This article profiles 20 African players who are set for a big year. This collection is an assembly of stars at very different stages of their respective careers, but each is primed for a big 12 months.
Some of these names are figures embarking on the opening stages of their nascent careers, others are veterans poised for a renaissance.
Naturally, in a World Cup year, the tournament will go a long way to deciding whether or not these players look back fondly on 2014. Over half of the names on this list represent (or in one case, could represent) one of the five nations heading to Brazil, and all but one play their football in Europe.