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Last World Cup: Group Stage
Nickname: Super Eagles
Coach: Stephen Keshi
Star man: Victor Moses
Tournament best: Last 16 1994, 1998

Moses may only be 22 but has quickly become a key player since making his debut for the Super Eagles in 2012. Goalkeeper and captain Vincent Enyeama provides stability from the back with Chelsea's John Obi Mikel their midfield enforcer.

Strengths: Nigeria scored in every single match during qualifying, making good use of free kicks and with the highest proportion of goals struck from outside the area. They also netted the largest share of late goals with nearly two thirds of their strikes coming in the last 15 minutes of games. The Super Eagles were one of the better nations at recovering from losing positions too, recovering an impressive 56% of possible points from these situations.

Weaknesses: While they didn't concede many goals in qualifying, half of the ones they did were long-range efforts, so perhaps their strikers and goalkeepers need to train together more often. They were also one of the lowest scorers in qualifying, with their average of 1.38 goals per match the fifth lowest.

Prospects: Their opening match against Iran looks to be the most winnable, but the Iranians didn't concede a single long range effort during qualifying. They did however concede the most goals from free kicks which should provide encouragement. Dead ball situations may also be their best chance to catch out Argentina, who along with Bosnia present a forbidding route to the second round.

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