Group G is the designated "Group of Death" in the 2014Â FIFAWorld Cup. It is home to Germany, Portugal, USA and Ghana, which promises to be one of the toughest groups in the tournament as a result of the wealth of talent each team possesses.
But numbers aside, it is the calibre of players that really defines the daunting nature of Group G. Portugal boast theÂ currentÂ BallonÂ d'Orwinner, while Germany feature a classy schemer who cost English Premier League side ArsenalÂ Â£42.5 million last summer.
They are just two of the top players sure to make Group G a nightmare for every team involved. Here is a list of one player from each team to look out for.
AfriyieÂ Acquah, Midfield, Ghana
One unheralded talent who could surprise many is Ghana's young midfield powerhouseÂ AfriyieÂ Acquah. The 22-year-old has been on loan atÂ SerieÂ A sideÂ ParmaÂ fromÂ BundesligaÂ outfitÂ TSGÂ HoffenheimÂ this season.
He is quick, strong and direct from central areas.Â AcquahÂ is aggressive and stout enough to disrupt opposition possession and lead a break for his nation.
He has reportedly attracted interest from Arsenal, perÂ The Daily MirrorÂ transfer scribe TonyÂ Dawber, citingÂ The SunÂ newspaper. The youthful bruiser will join veteran compatriot Michael Essien in the middle.
The pair will have a key role to play attempting to wrest the ball away from their more renowned opponents.
Julian Green, Attacking Midfield, USA
In order for the U.S. national team to upset the group's heavyweights, managerÂ JurgenÂ KlinsmannÂ needs a player who can surprise the opposition. Enter teenageÂ BayernÂ Munich attacking midfielder Julian Green.
He made a positive impression in a cameo showing against Mexico back in April, perÂ USA Today's KellyÂ Whiteside. That was enough to earn the precocious 18-year-old a seat on the plane to Brazil.
KlinsmannÂ will need Green to show no fear against illustrious opponents. He must use his impressive straight-line pace to torment defences.
While Ghana are loaded with powerful runners, Germany's back four can get static. Meanwhile, the Portugal rearguard features ageing stopper BrunoÂ Alves.
Green could get beyond both teams. He'll certainly need to, considering the declining skills of experiencedÂ USMNTÂ attackers likeÂ Clint Dempseyand Landon Donovan.
MesutÂ Ozil, Attacking Midfield, Germany
MesutÂ Ozil's debut season in north London may have earned mixed reviews, but the mercurial playmaker possesses ample flair and the quality to deliver in the big tournament.
This wouldn't be the first timeÂ OzilÂ has shone at a World Cup. The Ghana national team has bitter experience of what can happen when this stylish and natural No. 10 is allowed to find space.
The Germany squad is littered with fast-breaking forwards like Marco Reus, Thomas Mueller and Andre Schurrle. With his keen knack for threading passes between the lines, Ozil will be critical in turning these quick attackers loose.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Forward, Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick against Sweden that sent Portugal to the World Cup, also played a small part in his 2014 Ballon d'Or triumph.
The Real Madrid forward's exploits in Stockholm were ample proof that he can deliver for his country when it matters, something the prolific goal-getter hasn't always managed.
But Portugal will need more than one star turn from Ronaldo if they are going to make waves in Brazil. Considering his supporting cast is comprised of players like Helder Postiga and Nani, the onus will be on Ronaldo to be a consistent match-winner.
As he often does at international level, the 29-year-old will rely on supply from cerebral midfield general Joao Moutinho. But even that might not be enough to set Ronaldo free often enough for Portugal to advance out of this treacherous group.