World Cup 2014: How the 32 teams ranked based on expectations and quality

Germany and Argentina might be through to the final, but we select the alternative winners from Brazil

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This summer's tournament in Brazil has by common consent been one of the best ever World Cups.

It's now nearly at an end and on Sunday night either Argentina or Germany will be crowned World Champions.

But heading into the tournament, there were some nations that were never going to make it all the way to the final at the Maracana. Smaller populations, a less glamorous history and fewer resources meant going all the way for some was never likely.

So here we recognise those teams, the ones that achieved most against their expectations and quality.

 

Who do you think should have been top? Let us know in the comments below.

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