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Previewing the World Cup field

International Soccer

This World Cup is increasingly interesting because there's no clear cut, head above anyone else favorite. There are roughly four or five teams that have a very realistic chance of winning it all with a few others that could play spoilers. The intrigue will only get bigger and better as the competition rolls on. With so much to look forward to over the next month, here's a preview of what to expect from each of the 32 countries competing in the World Cup and how the knockout rounds might shape up.

Clash of titans final four should produce World Cup fireworks

International Soccer

A little under a month ago, 32 teams set out from their respective countries to vie for arguably the greatest trophy in the world. Through the group stage, that number was trimmed in half to 16 and now, less than a week from the World Cup final, the teams have been filtered to the final four to vie for the last two spots in the final. Of the remaining four teams, all of them are favorites. Sorry to those who like Cinderella stories--Costa Rica came oh so close forcing the Netherlands to penalty kicks, but failing to pull off the upset. But even without a nice story like a Colombia or Costa Rica still in the tournament, the semifinal matches are going to be ones for the ages.