Colombia may be the seeds, but picking the likely qualifiers from this section seems near-impossible, with Japan, Côte d’Ivoire and Greece all helping to make one of Brazil 2014's most evenly matched groups.
FIFPro, the worldwide players’ union, and FIFA today announced the 15 midfielders shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2013 as part of the final 55-player shortlist to be revealed on 9 December 2013.
Reigning CAF African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure has once again been nominated for the award, with four Nigerians also among the shortlist.
Manchester United's title defence suffered a massive blow after a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Everton, while Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham all won in midweek English Premier League play.
Manchester United overcame Fulham to go six games unbeaten, while Manchester City smashed seven goals past Norwich City in the English Premier League.
FIFA President Joseph S, Blatter has called for all tiers of football to help battle racism, while spelling out what FIFA hopes to do as a result of decisions made by the FIFA Congress.