The tournament in Brazil could provide the platform for a number of teams to make their mark.
With the World Cup just days away, here are five teams who can surprise us all and exceed expectations this summer.
Under the stewardship of legendary manager Ottmar Hitzfeld, Switzerland have become a fantastically organised team. The experience of Hitzfeld came at exactly the right time with the country boasting one of its greatest crops of young players, including Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka and Ricardo Rodriguez. They have been given guidance from a coach who has seen and done it all, and it has aided their development monumentally.
2) Bosnia and Herzegovina
The ‘Class of 2014’ will be Bosnia and Herzegovina's first representatives at a World Cup. Led by Manchester City's Edin Dzeko, there is a vast amount of talent throughout the squad who can surprise many. Asmir Begovic is a fantastic goalkeeper, while Miralem Pjanic will pull the strings in midfield. The inclusion of 20-year-old full-back Sead Kolasinac, who has been linked with Manchester United, shows the depth of quality in Bosnian football at this time.
With the obvious advantage of playing in their own continent, Chile have a real chance of surprising us all this summer. Along with fantastic individual talents such as Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal, the Chilean squad has an almost mesmeric way of playing. As England saw at Wembley, the possession game is similar to Barcelona's carousel-like play of 2009-2011 and will be incredibly difficult for teams to keep up with in the heat of Brazil.
Football is an increasingly popular sport in the US. Following David Beckham's move to the MLS and the subsequent stars who have followed, the popularity of the game has increased dramatically. Jurgen Klinsmann's squad for the World Cup is full of talent and could be surprisingly attacking, with teenage winger Julian Green having the potential to star on the world stage.
Carlos Queiroz has brought a great change to Iranian football. The former Real Madrid head coach has brought European experience and tactical know how to the team. Iran qualified for the tournament losing only two matches and have several talented as well as experienced players. Ashkan Dejagah is the flair player in midfield, while Javad Nekounam holds the team together as the midfield lynchpin.