Post Ranking: 15
Region: North/Central America and Caribbean
World Cup History: 13th appearance, quarterfinals in 1970 and 1986
Top Player: F Jared Borgetti
Lowdown: El Tri performed well as finals host in 1970 and 1986, but in its last three appearances, the round of 16 has been its downfall -- including a humbling loss to the Americans in 2002. Many believe the program has relinquished the region's top spot to the United States.
Post Ranking: 25
World Cup History: Third appearance
Top Player: D Hossein Kaebi
Lowdown: Kaebi keys the team's 4-2-3-1 formation. F Ali Daei, 36, has scored more than 100 international goals; he teams up front with Vahid Hashemian (Hannover 96).
Post Ranking: 31
World Cup History: First appearance
Top Player: MF Akwa
Lowdown: Defeated Nigeria at home and drew with it on the road en route to qualifying. Akwa, the captain, plays in Qatar after having played for Benfica.
Post Ranking: 11
World Cup History: Fourth appearance, made 1966 semifinals
Top Player: MF Cristiano Ronaldo
Lowdown: Good news: Portugal was the Euro 2004 runner-up and qualified for Germany easily. Bad news: The Portuguese often disappoint, although Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari may be changing that.