AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has revealed that Japan international midfielder Keisuke Honda will be joining the club on 3 January from CSKA Moscow.
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.
Manchester United and Real Madrid progressed to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League on a goal-filled evening after holders Bayern Munich had won a record tenth consecutive game in the competition.
FIFA.com reviews the Asian Zone qualifiers for Brazil 2014, which ended with Australia, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic marching onwards to represent the continent.
Japan fought back from two goal down to secure a 2-2 draw against the Netherlands, with Yuya Osako and Keisuke Honda cancelling out early goals form Rafael van der Vaart and Arjen Robben.
Guangzhou Evergrande players Zheng Zhi, Muriqui and Dario Conca have all been nominated for awards at the AFC player of the year gala.