THE NATION HOLD ITS BREATH
David O'Leary's famous penalty was the high point of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup adventure at Italia '90.
Here O'Leary discusses his circuitous journey to Italy and thanks his lucky stars that his spot-kick hit the back of the net...
Houghton - Why I Love the World Cup
Ray Houghton tells Sky Sports why he loves the World Cup
Scotland's last appearance at a World Cup came at France '98 and they even took part in the showpiece opener against Brazil.
David Bowers caught up with Kevin Gallacher to discuss the tournament, including that famous match against the Brazilians in which Scotland pushed them all the way...
Ones to watch
No.39 - Cesc Fabregas
The former Arsenal man was a key player for Spain as they won their third major international tournament in succession at the 2012 Euros, often playing as the false nine in Del Bosque's much debated striker-less formation. Whether playing a similar role or in a deeper position, the 26-year-old will be key.
Who to follow
No.39 - Mark Langdon
As the digital football editor of the Racing Post, Langdon is more than happy to share his latest tips and has proven an astute punter on his day. He's also written the Racing Post guide to the World Cup so should be a font of all knowledge in Brazil. Could be gold-dust for the gamblers among you.
World Cup greats
No.39 - Jairzinho
The Brazil side of 1970 is often touted as the best ever and in a team containing Pele, Rivelino and Carlos Alberto, Jairzinho was a big a star as any. The right winger scored a goal in every round, including the final, becoming the first and, to date, only player ever to do so as his side claimed their third World Cup.