9 Pivotal Factors That Will Decide FIFA World Cup 2014 Group E

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9 Pivotal Factors That Will Decide FIFA World Cup 2014 Group E
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Finishing atop Group E will be of paramount importance to its four contestants at the upcoming World Cup.

The runner-up will likely have to face Lionel Messi and Argentina in the round of 16, and it goes without saying the bottom two places in the bracket are of zero consequence, anyway.

So there’s really only one spot in the standings that Switzerland, Ecuador, France and Honduras will be positioning for in their head-to-head meetings.

The following slideshow will examine 10 factors that could end up separating the best from the rest—variables that could not only send a team through to the next round but also have it avoid a potential appointment with Argentina in Sao Paulo.

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