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The GlobalPost Insider's Guide to World Cup 2010

All the scoop on the teams, the stars and the national psyches competing in South Africa.

Paraguayan national team hopes to prove itself equal to powerful neighbors Brazil and Argentina at the Cup.

United States World Cup soccer fans are drawn to South Africa.

Americans are still disinterested compared to other soccer-crazed nations, but South Africa's World Cup has caught their attention.

Uruguay World Cup soccer team dreams of rising again

Uruguayan fans hope that their team will return to its former glory in the 2010 Cup, but the team consistently fails to rise to the occasion.

Europe

Denmark World Cup team hopes to go far

The Danes hope to make their mark in the soccer world by beating out European teams.

The Brits, as always, have big dreams for England World Cup team

England World Cup soccer team may have the players, coach and draw it needs to finally fulfill fans' lofty expectations.

France soccer World Cup fans have little faith in their team

A disappointing coach, disinterested fans and a prostitution scandal are weighing on France's national team ahead of the games.

Germany World Cup soccer fans revel in supporting their team

Germans, once wary of any show of nationalism, will celebrate their team in 2010 much as they did in 2006.

Greek heads aren't in the game

The country's economic crisis has distracted fans from the Greece World Cup team, but a soccer success could give spirits a much-needed lift.

Italy World Cup team aims to defend its reign as champions

Italy has a good shot at claiming victory yet again, but may be weighed-down by aging players and scandal.

Netherlands World Cup fans are cautiously optimistic

Holland's national soccer team, haunted by World Cups past, is hoping luck will finally be on its side at this year's games.

Portugal World Cup soccer team in scoring slump

Portugal, despite boasting A-list players including Cristiano Ronaldo, needs to start scoring if it is to succeed at the Cup.

Serbia World Cup team aims to make a name for itself

Serbia is setting out to establish itself as a powerhouse team at its first Cup as an independent soccer entity.

Slovakia World Cup team already successful

Slovakia already sees the Cup as a success after beating out the Czech Republic, with a shot at the second round if they capitalize on a lucky draw.

Slovenia World Cup team confident going into the games

The Slovenian team is positive in its own abilities and group placement, and in not repeating the embarrassment of the 2002 Cup.

Spain World Cup soccer fans expect their team to rise to the occasion

Spain's stumble in South Africa's Confederations Cup and injured star players aren't enough to discourage fans of their "beautiful game."

Switzerland World Cup team brings a multi-cultural face to South Africa

Although Switzerland is struggling with xenophobia it will bring a diverse, if not outstanding, team to the Cup.

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