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The hosts are one of the favourites for the tournament and boast an 11-year unbeaten record on home soil, but Brazil will be looking to banish memories of hosting the 1950 World Cup, when they were beaten by Uruguay in the final game.
The flicks and tricks remain second nature, but this Brazil side is also resilient and well organised, moulded by the pragmatism of 2002 World Cup winning-coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Scolari has the required major tournament know-how, the players are talented and well-drilled, a passionate home crowd will surely inspire the team and even the iconic yellow jerseys can intimidate the opposition.
Team profile: Croatia
Semi-finalists at the 1998 World Cup in France, Croatia have struggled on football's biggest stage ever since and only just qualified for Brazil by beating minnows Iceland in a play-off.
Mario Mandzukic, 28, averaged better than a goal every other game in 2013, helping Bayern Munich win a historic treble and top scoring for Croatia with four goals in qualifying. The goals have dried up recently, though, registering just twice in his last 11 appearances.
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola says "there is nobody better in the air in the world" than the striker, but his red card for a studs-up lunge in the play-off win over Iceland will limit his World Cup involvement.
Team profile: Mexico
Mexico used 47 players and four coaches in a turbulent qualifying campaign which left a host of questions unanswered.
There is undoubtedly talent within their playing pool, but the 2012 Olympic gold medallists have little time left to find a winning formula.
Only a late comeback from the USA against Panama saved El Tri from elimination in the final round of Concacaf qualifiers. That set up a two-legged tie against New Zealand, which they won 9-3 on aggregate.
Team profile: Cameroon
It is a long time since Cameroon lived up to their nickname of Indomitable Lions.
They have failed to qualify for the last two Africa Cup of Nations amid player friction and discontent with Cameroon's football federation, which was briefly suspended by Fifa last July because of government interference.
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