This is the place where it’ll all be happening next year, [size=12pt]Rio de Janeiro[/size], [size=12pt]Maracana[/size] [size=12pt]Stadium[/size]
There’s probably no better place in the universe to become world champion.
The first teams have qualified on various continents:
Europe: Holland and Italy
South-America: Brazil (hosts), Argentina
Asia: Japan, South-Korea, Australia, Iran
Concacaf (N&M-America): USA, Costa Rica
Argentina had developed a habit of qualifying in the last minute over the last two decades, so their early qualification is a bit of a surprise - but not really, of course.
Other teams in Europe that are close to qualification are: Belgium, Germany and (quite a surprise maybe) Switserland. Spain is on level points with France in Group I but they have one game in hand, so I suppose they’ll qualify smoothly too (none of the other teams in the group seem a real thread). In the other groups the situation is less clear.
To many Dutch people it was quite a surprise that Oranje qualified so easily, because Louis van Gaal had to build up a new team. He did a good job, although it must be said that the team wasn’t really tested. With opponents like Turkey, Rumania and Hungary opposition seemd tough, but both Turkey and Rumania were very dissapointing.
The biggest upset might come from the Concacaf Group: USA and Costa Rica qualifying sounds familiar, but Mexico is in danger of missing the tournament. The third place (which would secure them direct qualification) seems out of reach and they’re only level on points with Panama in fourth place. If they end fourth, they still have a play off game against the team ending in fifth place in the South-american group (actually Uruguay)
In Africa the qualification games have not yet reached the final stages.