Manager: Jorge Luis Pinto Best finish: Second round (1990) World Cup record: Played 14, Won 5, Drawn 3, Lost 6 History Costa Rica’(...)

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, El Pistolero, love him or hate, he’s some player.  Photograph: Enrique Castro-Mendivil / Reuters

Manager: Oscar Tabarez Best finish: Winners (1930, 1950) World Cup record: P 51, W 20, D 12, L 19 History Hosts of the first World (...)

Australia’s Tim Cahill holds the hopes of a nation on his shoulders.  Photograph: Jason Reed / Reuters

Manager: Ange Postecoglou Best finish: Second Round (2006) World Cup record: P 13, W 2, D 3, L 8 History By far the most inexperien(...)

Greece’s Kostas Mitroglou (r), Kostas Manolas (c) and Georgios Samaras (l) training  in Athens last month.  Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis / Reuters

Manager: Fernando Santos   Best finish: Group stages (1994, 2010)    World Cup record: P 9, W 2, D 1, L 6  (...)

Oribe Peralta (left) will be a key player for  Mexico in Brazil.  Photograph: Henry Romero / Reuters

Manager: Miguel Herrera Best finish: Quarter-finals (1970 and 1986) World Cup record: Played 53, Won 14, Drawn 14, Lost 25 History (...)

Andrea Pirlo remains the key man for  Italy. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Manager: Cesare Prandelli Best finish: Winners (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006) World Cup record: Played 83, Won 45, Drawn 21, Lost 17 History (...)

Colombia’s James Rodriguez (centre) playing against  team-mates Carlos Valdez (left) and Aldo Leao Ramirez (right) during an exhibition match as part of their farewell party at El Campin stadium in Bogota last month. Photograph: Leonardo Munoz / EPA

Manager : José Pekerman Best finish: Second round (1990) World Cup record: P 19, W 8, D 2, L 9 History On the one hand it is a surp(...)

Chile’s  Alexis Sanchez trains  in Santiago last month. Photograph: Carlos Parra/National Soccer/ Reuters

Manager: Jorge Sampaoli Best finish: Third (1962) World Cup record: P 33, W 11, D 6, L 16 History Chile will have more reason than (...)

England’s Daniel Sturridge (right) and Wayne Rooney will hope to strike up a profitable partnership in Brazil. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters

Manager: Roy Hodgson Best finish: Winners (1966) World Cup record: Played 62, Won 26, Drawn 20, Lost 16 History They(...)

Brazil’s  Neymar  during a training session in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro last month.  Photograph: Ricardo Moraes / Reuters

Manager: Luis Felipe Scolari Best finish: Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002) World Cup record: Played 104, Won 71, Drawn 16, Lost 17(...)