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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