Group C

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Japan players huddle during a send-off ceremony for the World Cup  in Tokyo on May 25th.  Photograph: Toru Hanai / Reuters

Manager: Alberto Zaccheroni    Best finish: Second rounds (2002, 2010)    World Cup record: P 17, W 4, D 4, L 9(...)

 Yaya Toure may be prone to a bit of a strop off the pitch but on it he’s the real deal. Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire

Manager: Sabri Lamouchi   Best finish: Group stages (2006, 2010)    World Cup record: P 9, W 3, D 1, L 5 (...)

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  (...)

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(...)

Colombia’s national soccer team coach Jose Pekerman, next to the injured   Radamel Falcao (right), announces the 23-man squad for the World Cup finals. Photograph: Enrique Marcarian /Reuters

Colombia’s star striker Radamel Falcao has lost his battle to be fit for the World Cup. National coach Jose Pekerman named his tournament squad on Mo(...)

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo shares a joke with teammates Fabio Coentrao and Pepe before their friendly against GreecePhoto: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

Portugal, missing forward Cristiano Ronaldo because of a muscular pain in his left thigh, were held to a goalless draw by Greece in a pedestrian World(...)

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