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WORLD CUP TEAM GUIDE

 

algeria

 Algeria

Population: 37.9million

National dish: Couscous, usually with lamb

National anthem: Kassaman or Qassaman (means We Pledge)

Best World Cup finish: First round in 1982, 1986 and 2010.

 

 

 

argentina

Argentina

Population: 41.9million

National dish: Asado – beef cooked on a barbecue

National anthem: Himno Nacional Argentina

Best World Cup finish: Winners 1978 and 1986

 

 

 

australia

Australia

Population: 22.68 million

National dish: Anything – just throw it on the barbecue

National anthem: Advance Australia Fair

Best World Cup finish: Round of 16, 2006

 

 

 

belgium

Belgium

Population: 11.14 million

National dish: Mussels and chips

National anthem: The Brabanconne

Best World Cup finish: Fourth place in 1986.

 

 

 

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Bosnia-Herzegovina

Population: 3.83 million

National dish: Cevapi – a grilled dish of minced meat

National anthem: Drzavna himna Bosne i Hercegovine

Best World Cup finish: Never previously qualified.

 

 

 

Brazil

Brazil

Population: 198.7million

National dish: Feijoada – a stew of beans with beef and pork

National anthem: Himno Nacional Brasileiro

Best World Cup finish:  Winners 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002.

 

 

 

cameroon

Cameroon

Population: 20.5million

National dish: Ndole  – a stew of nuts, ndoleh leaves, and fish or ground beef

National anthem: Chant de Ralliement or The Rallying Song

Best World Cup finish: Quarter finals, 1990

 

 

 

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Chile

Population: 17.46 million

National dish: Curanto – a stew of seafood, meat and vegetables

National anthem: Himno Nacional de Chile

Best World Cup finish: Third place 1962

 

 

 

colombia

Colombia

Population: 47.7 million

National dish: Bandeja paisa – a red beans cooked with beef and white rice

National anthem: Oh Gloria Inmarcesible

Best World Cup finish: Round of 16, 1990

 

 

 

costarica

Costa Rica

Population: 4.8 million

National dish: Casado – rice with black beans

National anthem: Noble patria, tu Hermosa bandera

Best World Cup finish: Round of 16 in 1990

 

 

 

croatia

Croatia

Population: 4.26 million

National dish: Sir – small milky white cheeses delivered fresh from the farm to market.

National anthem:  ‘Lijepa nasa domovino’ (Our Beautiful Homeland)

Best World Cup finish: Third in 1998

 

 

ecuador

Ecuador

Population: 15.5 million

National dish: Ceviche – raw fish marinated in citrus juices

National anthem: Salve oh Patria

Best World Cup finish: Round of 16, 2006

 

 

 

england

England

Population: 53.01 million

National dish: Roast beef… or is it curry nowadays?

National anthem: God Save The Queen

Best World Cup finish: Winners, 1966

 

 

 

france

France

Population: 65.7 million

National dish: Cassoulet – simmered white beans and meat

National anthem: The Marseillaise

Best World Cup finish: Winners 1998

 

 

 

germany

Germany

Population: 81.9 million

National dish: Sauerbraten – a pot roast of mainly beef but other meats can be used

National anthem: Das Deutschlandlied

Best World Cup finish: Winners 1954, 1974, 1990

 

 

 

ghana

Ghana

Population: 25.37 million

National dish: Fufu – yam mashed into a pulp served with peanut soup and meat

National anthem: God Bless Our Homeland Ghana

Best World Cup finish: Quarter finals, 2010

 

 

 

Greece

Greece

Population: 11.28 million

National dish: Moussaka

National anthem: Hymn to Liberty

Best World Cup finish: First round – 1994 and 2010.

 

 

 

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Holland

Population: 16.7 million

National dish: Stampot – vegetables and meat, usually sausage, cooked in one pan

National anthem: Het Wilhelmus

Best World Cup finish: Runners up 1974, 1978 and 2010.

 

 

 

honduras

Honduras

Population: 7.9 million

National dish: Carneada – it’s a pork sausage

National anthem: Himno Nacional de Honduras

Best World Cup finish: First round, 1982 and 2010.

 

 

 

iran

Iran

Population: 76.42 million

National dish: Cheloe kabab – steamed saffroned basmati rice normally with lamb fillet kebab

National anthem: Sorud-e Melli-ye Jonhuri-ye Eslami-ye Iran

Best World Cup finish: First round – 1978, 1972, 1976.

 

 

 

italy

Italy

Population: 60.92 million

National dish: Spaghetti Bolognese – or Pizza

National anthem: Il Canto degli Italiani

Best World Cup finish: Winners – 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006

 

 

 

Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast 

Population: 19.8 million

National dish: Alloco – fried plantain often served with chilli pepper and onions

National anthem: ‘L’Abidjanaise’ (Song of Abidjan)

Best World Cup finish: First round, 2006, 2010

 

 

 

japan

Japan

Population: 127.6 million

National dish: Sushi – sliced raw seafish

National anthem: Kimigayo

Best World Cup finish: Round of 16, 2002, 2010.

 

 

 

korea

Korea Republic

Population: 50 million

National dish: Kimchee – pickled or fermented vegetables

National anthem: Aegukga, or ‘Patriotic Song’

Best World Cup finish: Fourth place in 2002.

 

 

 

mexico

Mexico

Population: 120.8 million

National dish: Mole Poblano de Guajalote – turkey with sauce

National anthem: Himno Nacional Mexicano

Best World Cup finish: Quarter-finals – 1970 and 1986

 

 

 

nigeria

Nigeria

Population: 168.8 million

National dish: Pounded Yam and Egusi soup  – Egusi are the seeds from melon and squash plants

National anthem:  Arise, O Compatriots

Best World Cup finish:  Round of 16 – 1994 and 1998

 

 

 

portugal

Portugal

Population: 10.53 million

National dish: Bacalhau – salted fish normally served with potatoes

National anthem: A Portuguesa

Best World Cup finish: Third place, 1966.

 

 

 

russian

Russia

Population: 143.5 million

National dish: Shchi or Borsch– cabbage or beetroot soup

National anthem: Gosudarstvenny Gimn Rossiyskoy Federatsii

Best World Cup finish: First round 1994, 2002.

 

 

 

Spain

Spain

Population: 47.27 million

National dish: Paella

National anthem: The Marcha Real

Best World Cup finish: Winners 2010.

 

 

 

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Switzerland

Population: 7.9 million

National dish: Cervelas – a smoked sausage made of beef or pork

National anthem: The Swiss Psalm

Best World Cup finish: Quarter finals – 1934, 1938, 1954.

 

 

 

uruguay

Uruguay

Population: 3.4 million

National dish: Chivito – a sandwich of steak, mozzarella, bacon, olives and a fried egg.

National anthem: Orientales, la Patria o la Tumba

Best World Cup finish: Winners – 1930 and 1950

 

 

 

usa

USA 

Population: 313.9 million

National dish: Big Mac and Fries

National anthem: The Star Spangled Banner

Best World Cup finish: Third place in 1930.

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