TVNZ caught up with Danny Hay, who made his debut for the All Whites back in 1996, and went on to play 31 matches for New Zealand. He was named captain in 2006, and retiring from international football in 2007.
Hay: Brazil versus Spain, if they can manage to avoid each other on the path to the final. Germany and Argentina are two others who should be there or there about, given the quality in their respective squads.
Hay: Spain. Brazil may find the pressure of expectation too much to cope with on home soil, and Spain have a tried and tested formula. They have the ability to win ugly or with style!
Hay: Belgium and the USA, if they can be regarded as "minnows". Both nations qualified well and have shown enough recent form to suggest they will upset some of the game's so called big guns.
Hay: It has to be Diego Maradona's double against England in 1986. His first, the "Hand of God" goal, was obviously controversial. But his incredible second was sheer genius.
Hay: The 2006 final between Italy and France. Zinedine Zidane was mercurial throughout the tournament but will forever be remembered for his brain snap in the final when he head butted Italian defender Marco Materazzi. For one of the world's greatest ever players, it was a sad way to go out.