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Angolan Supporters Angolan football supporters and the Palancas Negras (The Black Antelopes) have succeeded in the placing the name of Angola on the football map since 1982. Since their apperance in the World Cup (Germany 2006) Angola is gradually emerging as a promising side.
Nigerian Football Team Football fans will not forget nostalic memories of Nigeria's glorious days when the Eagles boasted of the mesmorising talent of Austin Jayjay Okocha and the defence barrier provided by Sunday Oliseh Rashidi Yekini as the scoring machine upfront.
Egyptian Football Team The pharaoh of Egypt, the African cup holder are the most successful team (6 titles) that the continental competition has ever recorded. Regrettably Pharaohs' failed to qualify for South Africa 2010. This lack of form questione their readiness.
Ghanian Fans Ghanaian football fans are the fact that Black stars have given a good account of themselves in matches. Stars have been enjoying massive support from fans. By all account, the soccer fever sweeping the nation surpasses even the heydays of Ghanaian football.
Cameroun Football Team Cameroun emerges as a football force in Africa and has been able to set a number of records at the World Cup. The Indomitable Lions particpated in the World Cup 5 times (1982, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002); and first African team to reach the quarter finals.

Brazil as far as the world cup is concerned has recorded the best performances. It is the only team that has taken part in all 18 World cup competitions and has registered the highest number of successes in the final; 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002. They also were runners up in 1950 and 1998. It’s indeed a great team in world football.

In their qualification race under their coach and former player Dunga, they sailed through the potentially tricky South American world cup group, booking some away win like in Uruguay, Venezuela and the 3-1 defeat over Argentina.  Their biggest problems were at home facing massed defences like Argentina, Columbia and Venezuela. Their only defeats in the 18 matches were against Paraguay and Bolivia. By then, they had already grabbed a ticket to South Africa 2010.

Statistically, one in three hosts win the World Cup - and you would hardly bet against Brazil next summer. They have excellent players, of course, albeit without the proliferation of world-class stars that have graced the very best Brazilian sides.  Only Neymar really stands out.  But their performances in winning the Confederations Cup this summer were better than anticipated and if they can maintain the fabulous work ethic they demonstrated in that tournament then they have a real chance.  Brazil are the only nation to have played at every World Cup, winning the competition a record five times, latterly in 2002

Team Brazil

Coach: Reappointed in November last year, 2002 World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has recovered from a poor start to his second spell in charge to shape Brazil into a side he is "100% sure…will be the champion" next summer. The 65-year-old previously led Portugal to the Euro 2004 final, 2006 World Cup semi-finals and last eight at Euro 2008.Brazil is the host team is the favourite to win the cup.

Key Players: Believe the hype; Neymar is pivotal to Brazil. Full of energy and deft touches, and able to dribble at incredible speed, he is the player most capable of changing a game for Scolari's side. The 21-year-old World Cup poster boy - who joined Barcelona in the summer for £48.6m - appears unfazed by the public expectation, scoring 10 times in his last 15 caps.

Luis Fabiano (Sevilla): Aged 31and plays forward, was Brazil’s top scorer in the world cup campaign and is very powerful and accurate. Julio Cesar (QPR): Aged 34 and is a fabulous goalkeeper, has been in the record of the world’s top goalkeepers. He made many outstanding saves. Brazil 2014 World Cup will be available for download from next week.

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