In our analysis of some of the biggest competing countries in this summers world cup, we have focused mainly on those in the top 10 of the current FIFA World rankings. However as we are now less than 24 hours away from the start of the biggest tournament in world football, treat this as your full list and reference point for the 23 man squads for every single country playing in this summers competition. Alongside the squad listing, @93elby will also be posting his star man, his hot prospect, his dark horse and where he thinks each team will finish this summer.
Group F, here we come!
GROUP F SQUADS IN FULL
Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria), Mariano Andujar (Catania), Agustin Orion (Boca Juniors).
Defenders: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Federico Fernandez (Napoli), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City), Jose Basanta (Monterrey).
Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter Milan), Augusto Fernandez (Celta Vigo), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Maxi Rodriguez (Newell’s Old Boys), Enzo Perez (Benfica).
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris St-Germain)
STAR MAN: Lionel Messi
Despite an off season compared to the self-imposed standards of previous seasons, many (me included) think this World Cup will be where Leo makes a name for himself. If he does so, he will be not just Argentina’s star man but the star of the tournament – hands down.
HOT PROSPECT: Ricardo Alvarez
Although his club side Internazionale have failed to be at the top of their domestic league for some time now, Alvarez finds himself fighting for game time for a national side who many back to win this years tournament. Most likely to appear from the bench as a fresh pair of legs and energy.
DARK HORSE: Martin Demichelis
A shock inclusion for many other than Manchester City fans. After adjusting to the English game in what was a rocky few months early on in the 13/14 season, Demichelis despite a lack of pace which comes with age proved to be one of the Premier League champions most consistent performers and if chosen, will continue this with Argentina this summer.
WHERE WILL THEY FINISH IN GROUP F? 1st Place
Goalkeepers: Asmir Begovic (Stoke City), Asmir Avdukic (Borac Banja Luka), Jasmin Fejzic (VFR Aalen).
Defenders: Emir Spahic (Bayer Leverkusen), Toni Sunjic (Zorya Lugansk), Sead Kolasinac (Schalke), Ognjen Vranjes (Elazigspor), Ermin Bicakcic (Eintracht Braunschweig), Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros), Mensur Mujdza (Freiburg).
Midfielders: Miralem Pjanic (Roma), Izet Hajrovic (Galatasaray), Haris Medunjanin (Gaziantepspor), Senad Lulic (Lazio), Anel Hadzic (Sturm), Tino Susic (Hajduk), Sejad Salihovic (Hoffenheim), Zvjezdan Misimovic (Guizhour Renhe), Senijad Ibricic (Erciyesspor), Avdija Vrsaljevic (Hajduk).
Strikers: Vedad Ibisevic (VfB Stuttgart), Edin Dzeko (Manchester City), Edin Visca (Istanbul BB).
STAR MAN: Edin Dzeko
His goals not only saved Manchester City in the latter stages of the 13/14 season but they played an enormous path for Bosnia in their path to Brazil. Without his goals, Bosnia would be still be looking for their first appearance in the World Cup finals.
HOT PROSPECT: Sead Kolasinac
Featuring in several teams of the season from German journalists all over social media, Kolasinac has several clubs fighting to sign him and a good world cup would easily add to his ever increasing value in this summer’s shop window.
DARK HORSE: Vedad Ibisevic
Dzeko usually grabs the headlines for his vital goals for club and country but Ibisevic of Stuttgart can be a prolific goalscorer on his day. Should Dzeko fail to produce the goods, a country will pin their hopes on Ibisevic who is more than capable for the job.
WHERE WILL THEY FINISH IN GROUP F? 2nd place
Goalkeepers: Daniel Davari (Eintracht Braunschweig), Alireza Haghighi (Sporting Covilha, on loan from Rubin Kazan), Rahman Ahmadi (Sepahan).
Defenders: Hossein Mahini (Persepolis), Steven Beitashour (Vancouver Whitecaps), Pejman Montazeri (Umm Salal), Jalal Hosseini (Persepolis), Amir-Hossein Sadeghi (Esteghlal), Ahmad Alenemeh (Naft), Hashem Beikzadeh (Esteghlal), Mehrdad Pouladi (Persepolis).
Midfielders: Javad Nekounam (Kuwait SC), Andranik Teymourian (Esteghlal), Reza Haghighi (Persepolis), Ghasem Haddadifar (Zob Ahan), Bakhtiar Rahmani (Foolad), Ehsan Hajsafi (Sepahan).
Forwards: Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham), Masoud Shojaei (Las Palmas), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (NEC Nijmegen), Reza Ghoochannejhad (Charlton), Karim Ansarifard (Tractor Saz, on loan from Persepolis), Khosro Heydari (Esteghlal).
STAR MAN: Ashkan Dejagah
Almost single-handedly kept Fulham within any chance of staying up in the 13/14 season but despite his best efforts, the former Wolfsburg man’s efforts were too little too late, yet this still doesn’t take anything away from the quality he produced in a desperate time of need.
HOT PROSPECT: Reza Ghoochannejhad
Tipped by many to lead the line for Iran and a player who is slowly forcing his way into the English game. If there’s anybody who is likely to score other than Dejagah, it will most definitely be Reza.
DARK HORSE: Andranik Teymourian
Although an ageing Teymourian may seem to have lost some of the qualities which has earnt him interest from several clubs, his experience at such a level will undoubtedly be vital as Iran look to spoil the party for both Argentina and Bosnia.
WHERE WILL THEY FINISH IN GROUP F? 4th place
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille), Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United).
Defenders: Efe Ambrose (Celtic), Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor), Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves), Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough), Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod), Joseph Yobo (Norwich, on loan from Fenerbahce), Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars).
Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea), Ramon Azeez (Almeria), Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio), Reuben Gabriel (Waasland-Beveren), Michael Babatunde (Volyn Lutsk), Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers).
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow), Shola Ameobi (Newcastle), Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce), Michael Uchebo (Cercle Brugge), Peter Odemwingie (Stoke), Victor Moses (Liverpool, on loan from Chelsea), Uche Nwofor (Heerenveen).
STAR MAN: Vincent Enyeama
The Ligue 1 top goalkeeper for the 13/14 season will be vital in not only giving Nigeria any chance of earning a point or holding onto three, but his current form allows the defenders some comfort knowing there is a very talented goalie between the sticks behind them.
HOT PROSPECT: Ahmed Musa
Young, talented and very very quick, Ahmed Musa is certainly one of the most exciting young players in modern day football. Should he be given the chance for his country, who knows how influential he can be throughout the competition?
DARK HORSE: Victor Moses
Influential for Liverpool in the early part of the season but unfortunately for both Victor and Nigeria, the re-introduction of Coutinho after an injury cut short his stint in the first team. However there’s no denying the form displayed for the first time would certainly cause problems for defenders should he be able to replicate it for Nigeria during the World Cup.
WHERE WILL THEY FINISH IN GROUP F? 3rd place