Will an African nation finally win the cup this year? Ivory Coast have the firepower to make it happen
They come from South America and they play in yellow shirts... could Colombia steal the hosts' thunder this summer?
World Cup whispers: Chelsea man could replace Keane at ITV, fans urged to act like 'priests'
Is low demand from disabled fans down to infrastructure problems outside the grounds?
World Cup whispers: Roy Hodgson's squad crosses the Atlantic, but there's no place for Nelson
World Cup whispers: some venues still not ready, and what does Wayne Rooney dream of?
World Cup whispers: Rooney picks Ed Sheeran and Stereophinics, Paul Scholes snubs Wilshere
World Cup whispers: England strikers must gel as Times journalists undergo riot training
World Cup whispers: Brazil and France win in the fashion stakes, no joy for Bosnia and Honduras
As England squad flies out to Portugal relations with the British media already appear strained