The 2014 World Cup kicked off yesterday with a 3-1 Brazil win over Croatia and the games will only get better with each passing day. We’ve already seen one of the world’s best talents, Neymar, score a pair of goals but who else is going to shine during the group stage? Who are the best players at each position per group?

Don’t worry I’ve taken care of all that for you. Below I’ve listed the best starting XI per group based on the FIFA14 World Cup Ultimate Team ratings assuming a 4-3-3 formation. As you’ll see some of the groups are lopsided but this is the World Cup, anything can happen. The best roster of talent doesn’t always win, the best cohesive team and game plan does.

Here are the 10 things I’m looking for in the group stage:

  1. Lionel Messi only has 1 career WC goal, how many will he score in a weak group that Argentina should win?
  2. If Brazil wins Group A, winning Group B means avoiding Brazil in the next round, does Spain or Netherlands win?
  3. How cocky will USA fans get if they defeat their arch nemesis Ghana in game one?
  4. Group C is the most level group, can Didier Drogba and Ivory Coast over come expectations and advance?
  5. Will France’s Paul Pogba step up and show the world that he’s a superstar in the making and help France win?
  6. Luis Suarez is out for game versus Costa Rica, will he be ready for England and Italy? No Suarez, no advance.
  7. When Germany and Portugal play do they settle for a draw or will one get aggressive and go for the win?
  8. Belgium is one of the sleeper teams this tournament I think they can go far but do they have enough poise?
  9. Is Spain going to rock a 4-6-0 formation again?
  10. Mexico has stated that Chicharito will not start, where are they going to get their scoring from?

Group A – Brazil, Mexico, Cameroon, Croatia

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  • GK – Julio Cesar (Brazil, 82)
  • D – Dani Alves (Brazil, 85)
  • D – Thiago Silva (Brazil, 87)
  • D – David Luiz (Brazil, 82)
  • D – Marcelo (Brazil, 83)
  • M – Andres Guardado (Mexico, 80)
  • M – Luka Modric (Croatia, 85)
  • M – Oscar (Brazil, 84)
  • F – Nikica Jelavic (Croatia, 77)
  • F – Neymar (Brazil, 87)
  • F – Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon, 84)

Group B – Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia

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  • GK – Iker Casillas (Spain, 86)
  • D – Jordi Alba (Spain, 82)
  • D – Sergio Ramos (Spain, 86)
  • D – Pique (Spain, 86)
  • D – Ron Vlaar (Netherlands, 77)
  • M – Xavi (Spain, 88)
  • M – Andres Iniesta (Spain, 89)
  • M – Arturo Vidal (Chile, 86)
  • F – Arjen Robben (Netherlands, 88)
  • F – Diego Costa (Spain, 83)
  • F – Robin Van Persie (Netherlands, 90)

Group C – Colombia, Ivory Coast, Japan, Greece

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  • GK – David Ospina (Colombia, 77)
  • D – Yuto Nagatomo (Japan, 77)
  • D – Kolo Toure (Ivory Coast, 80)
  • D – Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Greece, 80)
  • D – Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Greece, 78)
  • M – Keisuke Honda (Japan, 81)
  • M – Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast, 86)
  • M – Shinji Kagawa (Japan, 80)
  • F – James Rodriguez (Colombia, 83)
  • F – Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast, 83)
  • F – Gervinho (Ivory Coast, 81)

Group D – England, Uruguay, Italy, Costa Rica

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  • GK – Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, 83)
  • D – Leighton Baines (England, 82)
  • D – Giorgio Chiellini (Italy, 84)
  • D – Andrea Barzagli (Italy, 84)
  • D – Diego Godin (Uruguay, 83)
  • M – Jack Wilshire (England, 81)
  • M – Steven Gerrard (England, 82)
  • M – Andrea Pirlo (Italy, 84)
  • F – Edinson Cavani (Uruguay, 87)
  • F – Wayne Rooney (England, 87)
  • F – Luis Suarez (Uruguay, 88)

Group E – France, Switzerland, Ecuador, Honduras

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  • GK – Hugo Lloris (France, 83)
  • D – Patrice Evra (France, 78)
  • D – Mamdou Sakho (France, 79)
  • D – Raphael Varane (France, 78)
  • D – Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland, 82)
  • M – Antonio Valencia (Ecuador, 83)
  • M – Yohan Cabaye (France, 81)
  • M – Paul Pogba (France, 79)
  • F – Olivier Giroud (France, 81)
  • F – Karim Benzema (France, 82)
  • F – Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland, 80)

Group F – Argentina, Bosnia-Herz, Nigeria, Iran

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  • GK – Asmir Begovic (Bosnia, 81)
  • D – Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina, 82)
  • D – Ezequiel Garay (Argentina, 82)
  • D – Hugo Campagnaro (Argentina, 81)
  • D – Javier Mascherano (Argentina, 84)
  • M – Angel Di Maria (Argentina, 84)
  • M – John Mikel (Nigeria, 79)
  • M – Ezekiel Lavezzi (Argentina, 83)
  • F – Edin Dzeko (Bosnia, 84)
  • F – Sergio Aguero (Argentina, 88)
  • F – Lionel Messi (Argentina, 94)

Group G – Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA

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  • GK – Manuel Neuer (Germany, 86)
  • D – Philipp Lahm (Germany, 87)
  • D – Jerome Boateng (Germany, 83)
  • D – Pepe (Portugal, 83)
  • D – Mats Hummels (Germany, 83)
  • M – Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany, 87)
  • M – Mesut Ozil (Germany, 87)
  • M – Thomas Muller (Germany, 86)
  • F – Mario Gomez (Germany, 84)
  • F – Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, 92)
  • F – Clint Dempsey (USA, 81)

Group H – Belgium, Russia, South Korea, Algeria

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  • GK – Thibaut Courtois (Belgium, 84)
  • D – Jan Vertonghen (Belgium, 81)
  • D – Vincent Kompany (Belgium, 86)
  • D – Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium, 79)
  • D – Daniel Van Buyten (Belgium, 78)
  • M – Roman Shirokov (Russia, 80)
  • M – Moussa Dembele (Belgium, 80)
  • M – Marouane Fellaini (Belgium, 80)
  • F – Eden Hazard (Belgium, 86)
  • F – Romelu Lukaku (Belgium, 80)
  • F – Lee Dong Gook (S.Korea, 77)