THE BOSS JOSE PEKERMAN
The Argentine’s side were the surprise package in Brazil four years ago, reaching the quarter-finals.
THE STAR JAMES RODRIGUEZ
Announced himself to the world in 2014 when he scored six goals to win the Golden Boot. After two seasons of struggle at Real Madrid, the 26-year-old (right) bounces into Russia after a successful campaign with Bayern Munich.
THE PROSPECT YERRY MINA
Game-time was limited for the Barcelona centre back, 23, this season... but now he can prove why he should start.
Firepower. Radamel Falcao has put nightmare spells in England with Manchester United and Chelsea behind him with 54 goals in the last two seasons for Monaco.
Inconsistency. Scraped over the line to qualify then in March followed up a win over France by drawing 0-0 with Australia.