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Brazil – Host nation is a clear favorite to win it all and was the seed no one wanted to meet. Croatia – Shaky in qualifying and winless in World Cups since 1998; Luka Modric is a shining light. Mexico – Fortunate to qualify after desperate CONCACAF form pushed it to the brink of elimination. Cameroon – Lowest-ranked of the African nations after patchy form over the past year.

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