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The jostling for positions is over, the squads declared, and 736 players have been given the ultimate honour of representing their country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. But who on that long list catches the eye, and for what reason? Here, FIFA.com takes a closer look at the numbers behind the men doing battle in Brazil.

Manu Garba, the national U-20 Coach, said on Friday in Akure that the Super Eagles would perform creditably at the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

France is the latest team to suffer a hammer blow after playmaker Franck Ribery failed to overcome a back injury.

France has announced that Bayern Munich attacker Franck Ribery will not feature at this year's World Cup in Brazil.

The Kano state government has rewarded the players and officials of Kano Pillars that won the 2012/2013 Nigeria Professional Football League title with cars and cash gifts.

Former Nigerian international, Henry Nwosu has urged the 23 players picked for the World Cup to justify their inclusion in the team by guiding the country to the crucial stages of the competition.

Gerard Piqué has been caught on camera apparently telling Spain coach Vicente del Bosque that Barcelona team-mate Cesc Fábregas is poised to leave the side.

African champions, Nigeria is unchanged in the monthly FIFA ranking released few hours ago.

Former Super Eagles assistant coach, James Peters has stated that the Super Eagles' final 23-man squad named by coach Stephen Keshi for the FIFA World Cup is "the best" available and called for support for the team.

Hostilities resume at the Nigerian Professional Football League on Wednesday across various centers across the federation.  Leaders Sharks visit holders Pillars in Kano, as Enyimba host Gombe Utd in Aba while Wolves host Bayelsa United in rescheduled Week 12 fixtures on Wednesday

The Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, has given reasons for excluding Sunday Mba from his final World Cup list on Monday.

Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi on Monday released his eagerly awaited 23 man list of players to represent Nigeria at the 2014 Fifa world cup in Brazil.

Coaches and officials of various sports federations whose athletes participated in the just-concluded African Youth Games (AYG) in Abuja commended the athletes for their performances at the Games.

Most of the 30 players currently in the Super Eagles’ camp in Philadelphia, United States, are reportedly waiting anxiously to find out if they will be in the final squad for the Brazil 2014 World Cup, which kicks off on June 12.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach, on Sunday said he was impressed with the calibre of athletes at the just-concluded African Youth Games (AYG) in Gaborone, Botswana.

Goalkeepers:

Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov)

 

Danijel Subasic (Monaco)

 

Oliver Zelenika (Lokomotiva)

 

Defenders:

 

Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv)

 

Super Eagles of Nigeria striker, Peter Osaze Odemwingie, has accepted full responsibility for his clash with Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi.

The Spanish Government on Saturday told the Nigerian Customs Service to evolve measures that would ensure transparency and speedy clearing of Spanish goods at Nigerian ports.

Former Nigeria international striker Victor Ikpeba has decried the current Super Eagles of Nigeria's inability to score from set-pieces, as well as the inability to utilize chances.