World Cup 2014: Brazil 3 -1 Croatia; Neymar scores two goals, including a controversial penalty, as hosts Brazil make a winning start at the 2014 Fifa World Cup. Of course we all love world cup, and after four years waiting, the expectation and the excitement become real, it is a real goose bumps with the opening ceremony but also a lot to talk about in this opening match.
The Indomitable Lions, as they are called is Africa’s most successful side as far as the World football is concerned; Cameroon has qualified for the FIFA World Cup six times - in 1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010- more than any other African nation. They were the first African team to reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup, in 1990, losing to England in extra time.
Chile which is also an old name in World football has been in seven appearances in the World cup and occupied the third place in 1962 which is so far their best performance in the World cup In the race to South Africa, Chile finished second in the 10-team South American group, only one point behind Brazil.
Prospects: Expect the adventurous Bosnians to attract plenty of support from neutrals. Their tally of 30 goals was the fourth highest in European qualifying, while no strike duo can match the total of 18 goals shared by Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic (albeit in a fairly weak group).
Belgium gave a series of controlled and powerful displays throughout qualifying. Disciplined defensively, they are prepared to be patient but look to break with pace. A feature of their usual 4-2-3-1 system is the frequent positional interchanging between the three attacking midfielders. Belgium are a physically imposing side and seldom outmuscled.
The “Socceroos” as the Australians are called has not been in its best performances as far as World cup is concerned. It has appeared only three time in world cup tournament, in 1974 and in 2006 and south Africa 2010. The team has been four-time Oceania Football Champion and 14th is its highest ever FIFA World ranking.
La Seleccion as they are called has won more international titles than any other national team - 20, a record shared with Uruguay. It is one of the most successful national football teams in the world, and is currently eighth in the FIFA world rankings. The team has twice won the FIFA World Cup, in 1978 and 1986 and has appeared in four World Cup finals, including the first final in 1930, which they lost 4-2 to Uruguay.
Algeria managed to qualify in the 1982 and 1986 World cup. The 1982 FIFA World Cup saw one of the great World Cup upsets on the first day with the 2–1 victory of Algeria over reigning European Champions West Germany. This famous result for the Algerians put the Germans in grave danger of failing to qualify for the next round.
Ivory Coast which is one of the African giants has appeared in the World cup only once; in 2006 when they were paired in the same qualification zone with Cameroon. Although Cameroon beat them at home and away, a draw with Egypt in Yaoundé gave Ivory Coast an edge. They were eliminated at group stage in the World cup.
The black stars as they are known had not been an old name in world senior football until 2006 that they qualified for their first world cup. Ghanaian teams has enjoyed considerable success in FIFA’s age-restricted tournaments. The Ghana U17 team, the Black Starlets, have won the FIFA Under-17 World Cup title twice and finished as runner-up twice. The Ghana U20 team, the Black Satellites, became the first African country to win the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt in 2009.