2014 FIFA World Cup Draw Preview

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Now that all of the World Cup playoff ties have been completed, we now know all 32 teams that will be competing at the World Cup Finals in Brazil next summer.

The World Cup Draw will take place on Friday December 6th at 11 AM ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

Draw Procedure
FIFA divides the qualifying teams into four pots. One pot contains the eight highest ranked teams, the next teams from Africa and South America, the third teams from Europe and the fourth teams from the rest of the world. These pots are then drawn into eight groups of four teams. As hosts, Brazil are not in the draw, but are allotted the first slot in Group A. Then each group is made up of four teams, one from each pot. Finally, no group is allowed to contain more than two teams from Europe or more than one team from any other continent. (This could happen if, for instance, Argentina were drawn from the top-seeds pot against Chile from the South American pot.)

In order to maintain the regional exclusivity that is a hallmark of the draw, apart from the exception that one group could include two teams from UEFA, FIFA also created Pot X, which includes all four seeded teams from CONMEBOL (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay). The European ball from Pot 2 will be drawn along with one from Pot X to immediately match the two before the draw begins, eliminating the possibility that the process could bear a group including three teams from UEFA.

Next years World Cup Finals promises to be one of the most entertaining and competitive tournaments in recent memories. The strength of the qualified teams almost assures us of having at least 1 “Group of Death” and possible even more.

Pot 1
*Brazil – 20th World Cup, Best Result: Champions  5x (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
Argentina – 16th World Cup, Best Result: Champions 2x (1978, 1986)
Colombia – 6th World Cup, Best Result: Round of 16 (1990)
Uruguay – 13th World Cup, Best Result: Champions 2x (1930, 1950)
**Spain – 15th World Cup, Best Result: Champions (2010)
Germany – 18th World Cup, Best Result: Champions 3x (1954, 1974, 1990)
Belgium – 13th World Cup, Best Result: Fourth-Place (1986)
Switzerland – 11th World Cup, Best Result: Quarter-Finals 3x (1934, 1938, 1954)

* – Host Country
** – Defending Champions

Pot 2
Chile – 10th World Cup, Best Result: Third-Place (1962)
Ecuador – 4th World Cup, Best Result: Round of 16 (2006)
Ghana – 4th World Cup, Best Result: Quarter-Finals (2010)
Cameroon – 8th World Cup, Best Result: Quarter-Finals (1990)
Ivory Coast – 3rd World Cup, Best Result: Group Stage 2x (2006, 2010)
Nigeria – 5th World Cup, Best Result: Round of 16 2x (1994, 1998)
Algeria – 4th World Cup, Best Result: Group Stage 3x (1982, 1986, 2010)

Pot 3
Japan – 6th World Cup, Best Result: Round of 16 2x (2002, 2010)
Australia – 5th World Cup, Best Result: Round of 16 (2006)
Iran – 4th World Cup, Best Result: Group Stage 3x (1978, 1998, 2006)
South Korea – 10th World Cup, Best Result: Fourth-Place (2002)
United States – 11th World Cup, Best Result: Third-Place (1930)
Costa Rica – 5th World Cup, Best Result: Round of 16 (1990)
Honduras – 3rd World Cup, Best Result: Group Stage 2x (1982, 2010)
Mexico – 15th World Cup, Best Result: Quarter-Final 2x (1970, 1986)

Pot 4*
Netherlands – 10th World Cup, Best Result: Runners-Up 3x (1974, 1978, 2010)
Italy – 19th World Cup, Best Result: Champions 4x (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006)
Bosnia-Herzegovina – 1st World Cup
England – 15th World Cup, Best Result: Champions (1966)
Portugal – 7th World Cup, Best Result: Third-Place (1966)
Russia – 10th World Cup, Best Result: Fourth-Place (1966)
Croatia – 5th World Cup, Best Result: Third-Place (1998)
Greece – 3rd World Cup, Best Result: Group Stage 2x (1994, 2010)
France – 15th World Cup, Best Result: Champions (1998)

* – As a means of evening the number of teams in each pot, 1 team from Pot 4 will be drawn as a Pot 2 team. The Pot 4 team will be drawn separately to determine which team will go into Pot 2. The drawn Pot 4 team cannot be drawn with any European team from Pot 1, leaving their only possibly opponents being Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and Uruguay.

And for those with some down time this week (even if you don’t) here are links to a couple of very fun World Cup Draw Simulators via ESPN FC and The Guardian. Take a couple of minutes to play around with it, you’ll get a lot of very intriguing groups! (I personally recommend The Guardian where you can actually simulate not only the draw but the entire tournament!)

CLICK HERE for The Guardian Draw Simulator

CLICK HERE for ESPN Draw Simulator

CLICK HERE to read FIFA’s official release and presentation

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About Joe Giordano

I'm a full bred New Yorker, born and raised. I take massive pride in also calling myself Italian as my father was born in Palermo, Italy and moved to the US when he was 15. My biggest passion is sports, all kinds of sports. I'm an avid Inter and Manchester United supporter while also supporting the hometown NY Red Bulls, Jets, Mets and Islanders. Outside of sports I thoroughly enjoy crime shows, my favorite tv show right now has to be Dexter. I have a love for animals, cats and dogs alike. I'm also a music fanatic. I like pretty much every type of music but my favorites have to be classic rock (nothing better than some Led Zeppelin) and the blues.
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