At one point in qualifying, it appeared doubtful that Mexico would even reach South Africa. However, under Javier Aguirre, El Tri have rediscovered their swagger. Mark Young weighs in.
Already battle-tested with playing conditions in South Africa, the U.S. is aiming to replicate its magical quarterfinal run from the 2002 World Cup. Mark Young weighs in.
Burdened by the weight of its past glories, an inconsistent Uruguay side will rely heavily on its explosive offensive talent. Mark Young weighs in.
While Honduras lacks a World Cup pedigree, the burgeoning CONCACAF power aims to make up for it with a powerful midfield. Mark Young weighs in.
With talent galore, it's a mystery why France continues to struggle with its form. Observers place the blame firmly at coach Raymond Domenech's feet. Mark Young weighs in.
Nigeria doesn't lack talent, but turmoil surrounds the squad, with rumors of internal strife and ongoing instability at coach. Mark Young weighs in.
Although his national team form has been inconsistent, there's no doubt that in Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal has a player that can carry it all the way. Mark Young weighs in.
Bereft of gifted stars, with the exception of Napoli's Marek Hamsik, Slovakia will rely on a well-organized foundation of defensive discipline. Mark Young weighs in.
Regarded as potential dark horses in the last World Cup, Serbia crashed out in a disastrous campaign. This time round, things should be different. Mark Young weighs in.
Already an established force in Asia, South Korea is determined to prove it can consistently compete against the traditional world powers. Mark Young weighs in.
Slovenia lacks big names but with its strong team unity and stout defense, it's not wise to underestimate Matjaz Kek's men. Mark Young weighs in.
Will Greece's "Pirate Ship" of Euro 2006 set sail again, this time on a course for South Africa? Mark Young examines.
Toppling bitter rival Egypt to qualify for South Africa may not be the end of the story for Algeria, writes Mark Young.
Australia lacks a World Cup pedigree, but it's an experienced club with an ax to grind, writes Mark Young.
Goals might be a problem for North Korea in its second World Cup appearance. Mark Young weighs in.
The Japanese manager has predicted a semifinals berth for his club, but don't count on it. Mark Young weighs in.