There will be 552 players representing 24 countries at the World Cup in France. Some are household names. Many are not. Here's a primer before the tournament begins this weekend.

GROUP A

France

Wendie Renard of France. Photo / Rachelle Baker, The New York Times
Wendie Renard of France. Photo / Rachelle Baker, The New York Times

Best World Cup Finish:

Fourth place in 2011, when it lost to the United States in the semifinals.

The Run-up: The host nation, France qualified automatically. Les Bleues have shown impressive technical ability and are unbeaten since February. Perhaps more important, France is 2-0-1 in its past three meetings against the United States, a potential opponent in the quarterfinals.

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Player You Should Know: France's vice captain and No. 9, Eugénie Le Sommer, has made more than 150 appearances and scored more than 70 goals for her country, and she just won her sixth Champions League title with Olympique Lyonnais Féminin.

What to Expect: Les Bleues, fourth in the

South Korea

Norway

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Nigeria

GROUP B

Germany

China

Spain

South Africa

GROUP C

Australia

Italy

Brazil

Jamaica

GROUP D

England

Scotland

Argentina

Japan

GROUP E

Canada

Cameroon

New Zealand

Netherlands

GROUP F

United States

Thailand

Chile

Sweden