How they qualified: Ghana enjoyed a strong qualifying campaign in a tough African group, as they won five of their six games, but still had to qualify via the playoffs. A 6-1 win at home over a tough opponent in Egypt was followed up by what proved to be a meaningless 2-1 defeat in Cairo.
World Cup pedigree: Ghana have made a mark in both of their finals appearances. In 2006 they were eliminated by Brazil in the Round of 16, while in 2010 they equalled the best effort by an African team, losing agonisingly to Uruguay in the quarter-finals after Asamoah Gyan's missed penalty.
Main man: The experience and goals of Gyan will decide how far Ghana go. Although other youngsters are developing, Gyan's radar is still working well – he scored six goals in six games in qualifying.
One to watch: The Ayew brothers, Jordan and Andre, will bring a much-needed freshness to an ageing Ghana side. Both are quick, dangerous players willing to tear down any defence and are developing well together at Marseille.
What are their chances? Out of all the African sides in Brazil they could go the furthest, but much will depend on Gyan's goals and the wise head of Michael Essien. A repeat of their last-eight placing in 2010 does look very unlikely though, especially as the draw gave them no help.