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Samar Maguire

GROUP A
Brazil: Neymar

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Age: 22-years-old
Position: Forward
Club: Barcelona

He hasn't reproduced his fine goal-scoring form in Barcelona, but it is on the international stage that Neymar has proven to be a perpetual menace for the opposition. In his last major tournament, the talented forward was the second highest goalscorer for Brazil. It may not seem like much, but the 2013 Confederations Cup saw the Brazilian score four goals, ultimately putting him in contention for the Golden Ball award - a personal accolade given to the tournament's standout player. Neymar is a must watch footballer for the favourites of the tournament.

Croatia: Mateo Kovacic

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Age: 20-years-old
Position: Midfielder
Club: Inter Milan

Inter Milan teammate Javier Zanetti stated that, with the exception of Ronaldo, Kovacic is the most talented youngster he has seen in his 19 years at the club. The 20-year-old Croatian established himself as a first team regular in his debut season at Inter, eventually winning the “Gentleman Revelation of the Year” award, and also earning the nickname "Il Professore" amongst the Narazzurri faithful. The young midfielder is likely to start as a deep-lying playmaker alongside Real Madrid's Luka Modric; a partnership that has received adulation through YouTube clips that showcase their symbiotic relationship in midfield. The young star has been described by Italian manager Giovanni Trappatoni as a mixture of Kaka and Clarence Seedorf because of his style of play and technical characteristics.

Mexico: Diego Reyes

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Age: 21-years-old
Position: Centre-back / Midfielder
Club: FC Porto

Seen as the probable replacement for the outgoing captain Rafael Marquez, 21-year-old Diego Reyes aims to stamp his mark in his first World Cup and be a shining beacon of light for the national team. Reyes has not featured much for Porto since his transfer from Club America in 2013, but has established himself as a regular in the B team and was recently handed the captains armband for Mexico in a 4-0 victory against South Korea. The 6''4 centre-back has been described by Christopher Atkins of ESPN as having intelligence in his positioning, comfort in his possession, and strength in the air.

Cameroon: Vincent Aboubakar

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Age: 22-years-old
Position: Striker
Club: Lorient

Aside from the distinctive threat of Samuel 'Grandpa' Eto'o, Vincent Aboubakar is the newest piece of artillery for Cameroon, scoring 16 goals and assisting five for Lorient in Ligue 1 this season. His contribution managed to turn his side's fear of relegation into feelings of triumph, as Lorient finished eighth in the league. In the same campaign, Aboubakar was shortlisted for the Marc-Vivien Foe Prize, which is awarded to the best African player in France. Cameroon's coach Henri Manga stated that, "Aboubakar has really improved his finishing skills and has developed a real composure over the year. His speed and predatory skills make him very important to Finke's [the manager of Lorient] team, as does his ability on the ball. He is very dangerous. He is one of our best weapons and I am sure our opponents are aware of that."

GROUP B...