World Cup draw: FIFA to choose groups for Brazil 2014


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The World Cup draw is Friday at 11 in Brazil (TV: ESPN2, Univision. Internet: ESPN3). The Post’s Steven Goff broke down the (possibly bleak) prospects for the U.S. men’s soccer team in Friday’s paper, and Soccer Outsider Jeff Maurer has already prepared his reactions to the Americans’ possible fates.

Here’s how it will go down.

The 32 teams that qualified for the World Cup have been put into four pots, with Pot 1 featuring the eight FIFA-seeded teams. Before the draw is conducted, one of the nine European teams in Pot 4 will be randomly placed into Pot 2 to achieve balance. FIFA has procedures in place to make sure teams from the same qualification zone are not placed in the same group, with the exception of the European teams (one group will feature two European teams). Brazil, the host, automatically has been placed in Group A. The rest of the groups will be filled out by random draw, one team from each pot.

Pot 1

Brazil

Argentina

Colombia

Uruguay

Belgium

German

Spain

Switzerland

Pot 2

Algeria

Cameroon

Ivory Coast

Ghana

Nigeria

Chile

Ecuador

Pot 3

Australia

Iran

Japan

South Korea

Costa Rica

Honduras

Mexico

United States

Pot 4

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Croatia

England

France

Greece

Italy

Netherlands

Portugal

Russia

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.

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Steven Goff · December 5, 2013