2014 Soccer World Cup Teams

World Cup National Team Logos. Source: Football Tip Cast


The final 32 teams allowed to participate in the World Cup finals are determined via a long qualifying period in each Confederation. This period can take a couple of years, as different confederations have different numbers of teams, different local competitions requiring players, and different issues affecting travel and hosting matches. Some of the teams were determined via playoffs between nations from different Confederations.

Listed below are the 32 teams that will be competing at the 2014 Soccer World Cup Brazil.

Algeria

Team Nickname Fennec Foxes
FIFA Ranking 25
Coach Vahid Halilhodzic
Captain Madjid Bougherra
Confederation CAF

Argentina

Team Nickname The White and Sky Blue
FIFA Ranking 6
Coach Alejandro Sabella
Captain Lionel Messi
Confederation CONMEBOL

Australia

Team Nickname Socceroos
FIFA Ranking 59
Coach Ange Postecoglou
Captain Mile Jedinak
Confederation AFC

Belgium

Team Nickname Red Devils
FIFA Ranking 12
Coach Marc Wilmots
Captain Vincent Kompany
Confederation UEFA

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Team Nickname Golden Lilies
FIFA Ranking 25
Coach Safet Susic
Captain Emir Spahic
Confederation UEFA

Brazil

Team Nickname The Selection
FIFA Ranking 4
Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari
Captain Thiago Silva
Confederation CONMEBOL

Cameroon

Team Nickname The Indomitable Lions
FIFA Ranking 50
Coach Volker Finke
Captain Samuel Eto’o
Confederation CAF

Chile

Team Nickname The Red One
FIFA Ranking 13
Coach Jorge Sampaoli
Captain Claudio Bravo
Confederation CONMEBOL

Colombia

Team Nickname The Coffee Growers
FIFA Ranking 5
Coach Jose Pekerman
Captain Mario Yepes
Confederation CONMEBOL

Costa Rica

Team Nickname Los Ticos
FIFA Ranking 34
Coach Jorge Luis Pinto
Captain Bryan Ruiz
Confederation UNCAF

Cote d’Ivoire

Team Nickname The Elephants
FIFA Ranking 21
Coach Sabri Lamouchi
Captain Didier Drogba
Confederation CAF

Croatia

Team Nickname The Blazers
FIFA Ranking 20
Coach Niko Kovac
Captain Darijo Srna
Confederation UEFA

Ecuador

Team Nickname Tri-colour
FIFA Ranking 28
Coach Reinaldo Rueda
Captain Antonio Valencia
Confederation CONMEBOL

England

Team Nickname The Three Lions
FIFA Ranking 11
Coach Roy Hodgson
Captain Steven Gerrard
Confederation UEFA

France

Team Nickname The Blues
FIFA Ranking 19
Coach Didier Deschamps
Captain Hugo Lloris
Confederation UEFA

Germany

Team Nickname DFB eleven
FIFA Ranking 2
Coach Joachim Low
Captain Philipp Lahm
Confederation UEFA

Ghana

Team Nickname Black Stars
FIFA Ranking 38
Coach Akwasi Appiah
Captain Asamoah Gyan
Confederation CAF

Greece

Team Nickname National
FIFA Ranking 10
Coach Fernando Santos
Captain Giorgos Karagounis
Confederation UEFA

Honduras

Team Nickname Los Catrachos
FIFA Ranking 30
Coach Luis Fernando Suarez
Captain Nowl Valladares
Confederation UNCAF

Iran

Team Nickname The National Team
FIFA Ranking 37
Coach Carlos Queiroz
Captain Javad Nekounam
Confederation AFC

Italy

Team Nickname The Blues
FIFA Ranking 9
Coach Cesare Prandelli
Captain Gianluigi Buffon
Confederation UEFA

Japan

Team Nickname Samurai Blue
FIFA Ranking 47
Coach Alberto Zaccheroni
Captain Makoto Hasebe
Confederation AFC

Korea

Team Nickname Taegeuk Warriors
FIFA Ranking 55
Coach Hong Myung-Bo
Captain Lee Chung-Yong
Confederation AFC

Mexico

Team Nickname El Tricolor
FIFA Ranking 19
Coach Miguel Herrera
Captain Rafael Marquez
Confederation CONCACAF

Netherlands

Team Nickname The Dutch Eleven
FIFA Ranking 15
Coach Louis van Gaal
Captain Robin van Persie
Confederation UEFA

Nigeria

Team Nickname Super Eagles
FIFA Ranking 45
Coach Stephen Keshi
Captain Vincent Enyeama
Confederation CAF

Portugal

Team Nickname The Selection
FIFA Ranking 3
Coach Paulo Bento
Captain Cristiano Ronaldo
Confederation UEFA

Russia

Team Nickname The National Team
FIFA Ranking 18
Coach Fabio Capello
Captain Sergei Ignashevich
Confederation UEFA

Spain

Team Nickname The Red Fury
FIFA Ranking 1
Coach Vicente del Bosque
Captain Iker Casillas
Confederation UEFA

Switzerland

Team Nickname The National Team
FIFA Ranking 8
Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld
Captain Gokhan Inler
Confederation UEFA

Uruguay

Team Nickname The Sky Blue
FIFA Ranking 5
Coach Oscar Tabarez
Captain Diego Lugano
Confederation CONMEBOL

USA

Team Nickname Stars & Stripes
FIFA Ranking 14
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann
Captain Clint Dempsey
Confederation CONCACAF