The highly fancied Germany were many pundits per-tournament favourites and have lived up to the lofty expectations bestowed upon them. A big, strong physical side that are also well drilled and technically gifted, the fact their domestic league in probably the strongest in the world right now has only aided their international cause. Algeria are the surprise package of the last 16, with few giving them hope coming out of their group; but advance they did and they'll know more than anyone that favourites count for nothing in the knock out stages of The World Cup. Didi Hamann and Liam Brady join Bill O'Herlihy.