Football: A look at the Pot 2 teams ahead of the World Cup draw

PARIS (AFP) - Pot 2 comprises of the five African qualifiers and two unseeded South Americans. A pre-draw will see an unseeded European team move from Pot 4 to this pot.

ALGERIA (Manager: Vahid Halilhodzic)

Algeria qualified for their fourth World Cup finals after beating Burkina Faso on away goals in a play-off. Les Fennecs, eliminated at the first hurdle at the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year, have never made it past the group stage at a World Cup. Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic, who qualified for the 2010 finals with the Ivory Coast but was sacked before the tournament, has a team containing few established stars. However, skipper Madjid Bougherra leads from the back and there are talented players further forward, such as Sofiane Feghouli of Valencia and Ishak Belfodil of Inter Milan.

CAMEROON (Manager: Volker Finke)

German Volker Finke took over in May and saw the Indomitable Lions through African qualifying, securing their place in Brazil with a 4-1 play-off victory against Tunisia last month. Cameroon have improved under his charge but the team is unlikely to rival the achievements of the side that reached the quarter-finals in 1990. Samuel Eto'o has come back to captain the team and is very much the talisman, although there is quality elsewhere in younger stars such as Nicolas N'Koulou and Alex Song.

IVORY COAST (Manager: Sabri Lamouchi)

Former French international Lamouchi has yet to truly convince as coach of the Elephants, who were unbeaten in qualifying but endured some nervy moments in their decisive play-off against Senegal. This will be a third successive World Cup finals for the Ivorians, and they will be hoping to finally get beyond the group stage after being hampered by difficult draws in 2006 and in 2010. It may well be the last chance for the golden generation of Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure, who notably lost the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations final on penalties to Zambia, to impress at a major tournament.

GHANA (Manager: Kwesi Appiah)

Ghana qualified for their third consecutive World Cup finals by beating Egypt 7-3 on aggregate in the African play-offs. The Black Stars reached the quarter-finals in South Africa before losing on penalties to Uruguay and Appiah will call on some familiar faces for the finals in Brazil. Asamoah Gyan and Michael Essien are still there, while brothers Andre and Jordan Ayew have returned after a spell away from the national team and German-born Kevin-Prince Boateng has come out of international retirement.

NIGERIA (Manager: Stephen Keshi)

Nigeria may have the best chance of all the African sides heading to Brazil. The Super Eagles won the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year in South Africa and then eased past Ethiopia in a play-off to qualify for the finals. With a squad featuring Premier League based players John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses, Nigeria will look to match their previous best performance of reaching the last 16 in 1994 and 1998.

CHILE (Manager: Jorge Sampaoli)

Jorge Sampaoli replaced fellow Argentine Claudio Borghi as coach of La Roja and steered them through the end of their South American qualifying campaign, five wins and a draw seeing them finish third behind Argentina and Colombia. Sampaoli enjoyed great success at club level with Universidad de Chile before taking the national team job, and his team promise to be one of the best to watch in Brazil, just as Marcelo Bielsa's side was in 2010. Arturo Vidal of Juventus and Alexis Sanchez of Barcelona are the biggest stars in a good squad.

ECUADOR (Manager: Reinaldo Rueda)

Ecuador qualified for their third World Cup finals after finishing ahead of Uruguay on goal difference to take the final automatic berth from South America. However, while Reinaldo Rueda's side were excellent at home, they failed to win any of their qualifiers away from Quito, where the altitude gives them a huge advantage. They were shaken by the sudden death of striker Chucho Benitez in July, but they will go to Brazil with a squad captained by Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia and featuring powerful forward Felipe Caicedo.

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