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The Definitive Ranking Of World Cup Teams

Who do you think should be champion of the world? Here is everything you need to know about the countries competing in the World Cup. ROGAINE® Brand wants you to decide who should bring home the trophy.

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32. Korea Republic

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 8

Current World Ranking: 55

Competitive Edge: After their impressive (albeit controversial) run in 2002, this squad can always be counted on for one thing: having more heart than anyone else. Maybe it's a cultural thing, but no one will outwork these guys on the field. No one.

31. Russia

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 9

Current World Ranking: 18

Competitive Edge: With a solid defense, a gifted midfield, and some dangerous strikers, Russia has enough to really make a statement in Brazil. Whether or not they do it, though, is the question.

30. Ghana

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 2

Current World Ranking: 38

Competitive Edge: The Ghana side has a history of making life very difficult for their opponents, and while they don't do too incredibly well on the international stage, every team will be taking them seriously this summer.

29. Iran

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 3

Current World Ranking: 37

Competitive Edge: They have heart, a thirst to prove themselves on the international stage, and a few players based over in Europe who have formidable experience. Not much else, but hey, sometimes that's all you need!

28. Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 0

Current World Ranking: 25

Competitive Edge: Their competitive advantage lies in how little is known about them on the World Stage. Since this is their first appearance at the Cup, no one really knows what to expect.

27. Honduras

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 2

Current World Ranking: 30

Competitive Edge: This team is young, and even though they are inexperienced, they are fit and eager to prove themselves to all the naysayers. They'll be relying heavily on their defender, Emilio Izaguirre, who was named the Scottish Premier League Player of the Year while playing for Celtic F.C.

26. Ecuador

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 2

Current World Ranking: 28

Competitive Edge: The odds are against them, but their lineup has a decent number of players with European club experience. They also made it to the final 16 in the 2006 World Cup, so they know how to get it done, we just need to see if they still have it this year.

25. England

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Titles: 1

Appearances: 13

Current World Ranking: 11

Competitive Edge: Remember Winston Churchill and his whole spiel about never giving up? Yeah, this is how England plays soccer. Fierce determination. You'll see this in the playing styles of England heroes such as Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard.

23. Uruguay

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Titles: 2

Appearances: 11

Current World Ranking: 6

Competitive Edge: This squad is stacked with offensive firepower. Expect lots of very pretty goals to come from these guys, especially since they're riding on their successful fourth-place finish at the last World Cup.

22. Japan

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 4

Current World Ranking: 47

Competitive Edge: They had a pretty impressive run at the 2010 World Cup, and with a new head coach, maybe they can learn from their past mistakes and turn them into victories.

21. Cote d'Ivoire

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 2

Current World Ranking: 21

Competitive Edge: Let's just say they are strong, they are big, and they are athletic. With names like Drogba, Toure, and Eboue, opponents will have good reason to be wary, as these veterans have proven themselves on the international stage multiple times.

20. Greece

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 2

Current World Ranking: 10

Competitive Edge: This team has proven their capability to pull off miracles in the past (Euro 2004) — perhaps they can shock the world once again? With a strong qualification round, and having made it to the quarterfinals of the Euro 2012 (knocked out by Germany), the Greeks have a good chance of going far this World Cup.

19. Australia

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 3

Current World Ranking: 59

Competitive Edge: Classic underdog status right here. I mean, they are grouped with Spain, the Netherlands, and Chile, so the expectations are low, but the rewards are high. Veterans Tim Cahill and Lucas Neill will be expected to make miracles happen with this relatively inexperienced squad.

18. Chile

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 8

Current World Ranking: 13

Competitive Edge: With a lot of offensive firepower, Chile rounded up World Cup qualifying with a whopping 29 goals. This attacking mentality will be what makes or breaks their chances of advancing out of the group stages as they'll be facing the likes of Spain and the Netherlands.

17. Portugal

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 5

Current World Ranking: 3

Competitive Edge: This squad is full of really good-looking superstars who at times play really, really good soccer. The world kind of needs them to justify their good looks with a championship or two.

16. Spain

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Titles: 1

Appearances: 1

Current World Ranking: 13

Competitive Edge: With this year's Champions League final being comprised of two Spanish teams, and Spain being the reigning World Champions, there is clearly a lot to be said about Spanish soccer these days. The Spaniards will go far this summer, and may just take the entire Cup for a repeat performance.

15. Cameroon

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 6

Current World Ranking: 50

Competitive Edge: They are known as the "Indomitable Lions." How can you not be at least a little intimidated by that? Cameroon has perhaps single-handedly changed the way the world perceives African football and will be led by famous goal-scorer Samuel Eto'o (multiple-time African Player of the Year).

14. Mexico

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 14

Current World Ranking: 19

Competitive Edge: Team Mexico struggled a bit during qualifying and will have to rely on star players, such as Chicharito (a striker for Manchester United) to lead the charge. That being said, they are known for their tenaciousness and energy, so no opponent should take them lightly.

13. Croatia

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Titles: 3

Appearances: 0

Current World Ranking: 20

Competitive Edge: They may not have the most skill across the pitch, but Croatia has quite a few players who play regularly in the English Premier League as well as the German Bundesliga. Definitely don't underestimate these guys.

12. Algeria

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 3

Current World Ranking: 25

Competitive Edge: Algeria has some pretty solid players, had a solid run through qualifying, and also just has a lot of pride which may be enough to propel them through the group stages.

11. Belgium

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 11

Current World Ranking: 12

Competitive Edge: For such a tiny country, there is a ton of talent on this squad. The world has been watching them build up their firepower for years now, and it finally seems that it might be the time for their "golden generation." They just might actually win the entire thing, who knows.

10. USA

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 9

Current World Ranking: 14

Competitive Edge: The Stars and Stripes have heart, there's no doubt about that, and we've finally made it to the point where a good number of our star players have pretty substantial European experience.

9. Nigeria

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 4

Current World Ranking: 44

Competitive Edge: Any African side will be well suited for the heat down in Brazil, but this squad also has a gutsy coach who's made risky decisions in his favor before, as well as a few African superstars who are ready to show the world what they're made of.

8. France

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Titles: 1

Appearances: 13

Current World Ranking: 16

Competitive Edge: They have so many good players who are just waiting for a shot at international glory. As 1998 World Champions, and 2006 runners up, the timing looks about right for something big from these guys.

7. Switzerland

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 9

Current World Ranking: 8

Competitive Edge: For a small country mostly known for chocolate and cheese, the Swiss have a pretty talented side. A combination of experienced veterans with quick and speedy youngsters will be enough to make waves this summer in Brazil.

6. Costa Rica

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 3

Current World Ranking: 34

Competitive Edge: With a staunch back line, Costa Rica will make things very difficult for teams that rely on star forwards to bring in the goals. They finished second in qualifying, only behind the United States, so they have some good momentum riding into Brazil.

5. Colombia

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 4

Current World Ranking: 5

Competitive Edge: This squad is fairly loaded with offensive flair and firepower and might end up being bad news for most defensive lines. Their star striker, Falcao, is revered throughout the world as an extremely dangerous goal scorer.

4. Brazil

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Titles: 5

Appearances: 19

Current World Ranking: 4

Competitive Edge: As tournament hosts, there is a ton of pressure to perform for Brazil. But they are well suited to take on the world, with superstars such as the young striker Neymar leading the charge.

3. Netherlands

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Titles: 0

Appearances: 9

Current World Ranking: 15

Competitive Edge: The Dutch have a certain style of play that is very precise and well polished, which was enough for them to pretty much cruise through qualifying without any difficulty. With Robin van Persie as one of the world's top strikers, Clockwork Orange will be a force to be reckoned with.

2. Argentina

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Titles: 2

Appearances: 15

Current World Ranking: 7

Competitive Edge: They are right in Brazil's backyard, they know the climate, and they also have some serious talent that would scare the living daylights out of most opponents. With the footwork of Lionel Messi, four-time winner of the FIFA Ballon d'Or, expect a lot of goals from this talented side.

1. Germany

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Titles: 3

Appearances: 17

Current World Ranking: 2

Competitive Edge: The Germans are big, they play with extreme precision, and they are big. No other team has played more matches or scored more goals than these guys at the World Cup. Did we mention they are big?

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