One to watch: Javad Nekounam

One to watch: Javad Nekounam

Playmaker, captain, penalty taker and free-kick specialist, Iran midfielder Javad Nekounam has an abundance of responsibility as Team Melli prepare for their fourth World Cup appearance.

Super Eagles so vulnerable

Super Eagles so vulnerable

Nigeria have the ability to become the first African country to get past the World Cup group phase on three separate occasions but are increasingly an unpredictable force.

Nigeria's defence holds the key

Nigeria's defence holds the key

Stephen Keshi is a man of history who is synonymous with Nigerian football. As a player and coach, he has been a part of the game for the past 34 years having played for the Green Eagles (as they were then known) before retiring in 1998. He then became a coach of the under-20s side before serving as assistant to Shaibu Amodu as Nigeria qualified for Korea-Japan in 2002.

Mikel has to show his other side

Mikel has to show his other side

John Obi Mikel is a Jekyll and Hyde player who often looks a totally different performer in the green of Nigeria than he does in Chelsea blue.

Argentina expect as team set up for Messi

Argentina expect as team set up for Messi

Argentina will travel to Brazil expecting to make the semi-finals at least – and that would be an improvement on the past 20 years.

Uzoenyi in as Echiejile out with injury

Uzoenyi in as Echiejile out with injury
Nigeria defender Elderson Echiejile will miss the World Cup because of a muscle injury.

Bosnia created in Susic likeness

Bosnia created in Susic likeness

Former Yugoslavia forward Safet Susic had huge expectations to deal with in soccer-mad Bosnia when he took over at the Balkan nation in December 2009 and his penchant for attacking football was richly rewarded with a 2014 World Cup berth.

Iran desperate to cause an upset

Iran desperate to cause an upset

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said his men are desperate to defy the odds, and cause a surprise at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Argentina pick dream strikeforce

Argentina pick dream strikeforce

Nicolas Otamendi, Ever Banega and Jose Sosa were the three players to miss out as Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella cut his FIFA World Cup squad to the final 23 names.

Queiroz picks his final squad

Queiroz picks his final squad

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz on Sunday named a 24-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, pending the elimination of one player from the official final line-up because of injury worries.

Angel di Maria's total belief after wonder season

Angel di Maria's total belief after wonder season

Angel di Maria believes he should be in contention for the next Ballon d'Or after enjoying his best season for Real Madrid.

Aguero sees South American advantage

Aguero sees South American advantage

Argentina striker Sergio Aguero believes South American teams could hold an advantage at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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