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AUSTRALIA

Star man: Tim Cahill (Everton)

Odds: 100-1

Biggest local supermarket: Woolworths

Fascinating food and drink facts: Emu, kangaroo and crocodile meat can all be bought in major Aussie supermarkets, proving a flavour of bush tucker to the otherwise very Anglo cuisine. While the witchetty grubs made famous by jungle-bothering celebrities are said to taste of almonds, the macadamia is the more prevalent domestic nut in the outback.

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GHANA

Star man: Michael Essien (Chelsea)

Odds: 66-1

Biggest local supermarket: Maxmart

Fascinating food and drink facts: While cocoa is the mainstay of Ghanaian exports, traditional domestic foods include thick soups served with potatoes or rice, and fufu, comprising balls of cassava or yams topped with spicy sauces. Eggs, usually hard-boiled, are sometimes still used in ceremonies to celebrate the onset of female puberty.

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GERMANY

Star man: Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)

Odds: 10-1

Biggest local supermarket: Metro

Fascinating food and drink facts: The average German adult eats 60kg of pork a year--no surprise when there are said to be 1,500 types of sausage in mainstream cuisine. Dumplings and noodles, including the potato-filled schupfnudel, are also ladled out with 'first come, wurst served' efficiency.

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SERBIA

Star man: Nemanjo Vidic (Man United)

Odds: 66-1

Biggest local supermarket: Maxi

Fascinating food and drink facts: Every summer is a barbecue summer in Serbia, regardless of the weather. With primary influences including Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine, kebabs and grilled meat are staples. The concept of breakfast was only introduced in Serbia in the mid-19th century, with the first cookbook arriving 50 years later in 1907.

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