(CNN) -- The 2010 World Cup kicks off on June 11 with hosts South Africa taking on Mexico -- the first of 64 matches before the champions are crowned on July 11.
In the build-up to the tournament, CNN will feature video profiles of the 32 nations taking part, with expert opinions from journalists working in those countries.
Click on the name of a team above to get the lowdown on their hopes in soccer's showpiece event.
Record-holders Brazil will seek to bounce back from 2006's disappointment in Germany by claiming a sixth title, but face strong opposition from the likes of Spain, Argentina, England, the Netherlands and defending champions Italy.
Group A: South Africa, Mexico , Uruguay, France .
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria , South Korea, Greece .
Group C: England, United States, Algeria, Slovenia.
Group D: Germany, Australia, Serbia , Ghana.
Group E: Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon.
Group F: Italy , Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia .
Group G: Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Portugal.
Group H: Spain, Switzerland , Honduras , Chile .