The World Cup is almost upon us. Less than two months remain before the big kick-off on June 12, when hosts Brazil start their bid to lift a sixth trophy in the curtain-raiser against Croatia.
The question of whether the hosts or indeed any other side will win the biggest title in football is obviously the biggest story of the World Cup. But that is far from the only thing that counts at Brazil 2014.
The following are 25 intriguing subplots to the upcoming festival of football. Some are more lighthearted than others, but all are guaranteed to generate at least a few headlines once the tournament kicks into gear.