Ones to watch: The stars who will rise at the World Cup 2014

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Ones to watch: The stars who will rise at the  World Cup 2014
Maracaná is the stadium where the now mythical 1950 final was played. (Getty Thinkstock)

The World Cup is approaching faster every day. 2014 will mark the second time the tournament is held in Brazil, the first was in 1950. The qualification rounds began in 2012, where the teams of the six different FIFA confederations faced each other. Since then, experts have been trying to anticipate which team has a better chance of actually winning the championship. With the help of these young stars, some of them have a real chance of winning. Check them out!

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The all-star Spanish team

Four years ago, Spain took the World Cup home for the first time in history. Counting on the stars that shone on the Spanish League's teams, like Gerard Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Juan Mata, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquet or Cesc Fábregas, Spain has a good chance of winning this time around too. The team's youngest player, the 20 year old Isco Alarcón, was recently called the "best young player in the world" by Tuttosport. And they'll all be captain'd again by the great Iker Casillas, who'll probably outshine everybody, just like he did in South Africa in 2010.

Leo Messi and the dangerous Argentines

Unarguably the biggest star of contemporary football, the Argentine team's captain, Lionel Messi, will aim for nothing other than victory. Luckily, Argentina's best player since Maradona will not be alone. Sergio Agüero, Javier Mascherano and Angel Di Maria, all of them great players on their own right, will be at his side to turn him into the competition's top scorer.

Brazil, the local stars

Brazil has won the most World Cups in the history of the championship. And this time, when they'll be playing on their own turf, they are abound to go for it all. The barely 21 year old Neymar, who was crowned 2011 South American Footballer of the Year with just 19, has scored more than 100 goals in his short career. Along with Marcelo Vieira and Leandro Damião, he's been a breath of fresh air to the Brazilian national team's traditional "jogo bonito".

An African hope

Never has an African country won a World Cup. However, there are many who saw a revelation in Cameroon's performance in Italy 1990 while others saw something similar in Senegal during Japan-Korea 2002. And it is precisely in the Senegalese national team where Moussa Konaté will play. This extraordinary 19 year old scored an average of 1 goal every 76 minutes during the London Olympic games in 2012. Accompanied by Papa Souare in the attack, Konaté is shaping up as one of the biggest revelations in the championship.

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