Group F

In: World Cup

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We reveal a new team guide every morning and every afternoon before tomorrow's kick-off!

ITALY

STARS TO WATCH!

Gianluigi Buffon

If you’re into saves that are barely believable, take a look at this dude in between the sticks for Italy. He’s been around for yonks but to score past him you have to do something pretty special!

His job: To make Italy’s defence look fearsome!

Daniele De Rossi

De Rossi snaps around the midfield like an angry spaniel - he’s feisty in the tackle and his energy gives the Azzuri that legendary bite in midfield!

His job: To fire up the Italian midfield!

Andrea Pirlo

Watching Pirlo is one of the greatest sights in world football - he’s on a different planet to most midfielders! He’ll be driving Italy forward with his stunning passes!

His job: Supplying passes and pinpoint crosses

THE COUNTRY

• Captial: Rome

• Population: 60 million

• Official Language: Italian

• Title winners: Internazionale (Inter Milan)

• World Cup legend: Paolo Rossi

PARAGUAY

THE COUNTRY

• Capital: Asuncion

• Population: 6.3 million

• Official language: Spanish or Guarani

• Title winners: Nacional Clausura

• World Cup legend: Jose Luis Chilavert

Star man: Roque Santa Cruz

Team rating: 60%

NEW ZEALAND

THE COUNTRY

• Captial: Wellington

• Population: 4.3 million

• Official language: English

• Title winners: Waitakere United

• World Cup legend: Richard Herbert

Star man: Ryan Nelsen

Team rating: 41%

SLOVAKIA

THE COUNTRY

• Capital: Bratislava

• Population: 5.3 million

• Official language: Slovak

• Title winners: MSK Zilina

• World Cup legend: Szilard Nemeth

Star man: Marek Hamsik

Team rating: 58%

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Get next week's Match of the Day magazine for team guides on Group G and H - featuring Brazil and Spain!

DEFOE! Back in the England team and he even scored his first international goal in four years!

TAYLOR! His naughty tackle on Seamus Coleman badly injured the Everton full-back!