With less than ten days to go before the big kick-off in Sao Paolo’s Arena Corinthians between hosts Brazil and Croatia, SportzWiki profiles all the 32 teams that will feature in the 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Arguably the ‘Group of Death’, Group G has perhaps the highest profile teams in Germany, Portugal, USA and Ghana. Worth a watch, and it will be filled with intriguing plots and subplots.

 

GERMANY

Number of previous World Cup appearances: 17
Debut appearance: 1934
Best return: Winners (1954, 1974, 1990)
Manager: Joachim Loew

Current squad:
Highest capped player: Miroslav Klose (131 caps)
Oldest player: Miroslav Klose (35 years, 11 months, and 10 days)
Youngest player: Max Meyer (18 years, 8 months, and 1 days)
Highest goalscorer: Miroslav Klose (68 goals)

 

PORTUGAL

Number of previous World Cup appearances: 5
Debut appearance: 1966
Best return: Third place (1966)
Manager: Paolo Bento

Current squad:
Highest capped player: Cristiano Ronaldo (110 caps)
Oldest player: Ricardo Costa (33 years, 0 months, and 3 days)
Youngest player: Ivan Cavaleiro (20 years, 7 months, and 1 days)
Highest goalscorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (49 goals)

 

USA

Number of previous World Cup appearances: 9
Debut appearance: 1930
Best return: Semi-finals (1930)
Manager: Jurgen Klinsmann

Current squad:
Highest capped player: Landon Donovan (154 caps)
Oldest player: Tim Howard (35 years, 2 months, and 13 days)
Youngest player: Julian Green (18 years, 11 months, and 13 days)
Highest goalscorer: Landon Donovan (57 goals)

 

GHANA

Number of previous World Cup appearances: 2
Debut appearance: 2006
Best return: Quarter finals (2010)
Manager: Akwasi Appiah

Current squad:
Highest capped player: Sulley Muntari (80 caps)
Oldest player: Sulley Muntari (29 years, 8 months, and 22 days)
Youngest player: Acquah Afriyie (22 years, 0 months, and 18 days)
Highest goalscorer: Asamoah Gyan (38 goals)