ALGERIA

Population: 38 million (35th*)

Per capita: $7,600 (137th*)

Been there before: Three times

Pinnacle: First round

The Redeemer: Forward Islam Slimani

Fate in a tweet: After giving U.S. a scare in 2010, Algeria barely made it to Brazil. Expect the usual first-round exit.

*Note: World ranking shown in parentheses.