2014 World Cup: Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D, Group E, Group F, Group G, Group H


Team USA is in the Group G with Germany, Portugal and Ghana for the World Cup. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil begins Thursday (yes, this Thursday) with host Brazil kicking off the tournament against Croatia.

(Full TV listings and game schedule.)

The Brazilians are the strong favorites to emerge on top of Group A, which includes Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon.

Team USA, on the other hand, finds itself with a formidible challenge in Group G as it has to play Germany, Portugal and Ghana. Some have deemed it the toughest group in the entire draw (a.k.a. the Group of Death).

Count Washington Post soccer reporter Steve Goff as one of them.

“It’s definitely the Group of Death,” Goff said on The John Feinstein Show. “Germany is a championship contender, no doubt. Portugal is a high-quality team (that) happens to have the best player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo. Ghana, if you go by FIFA’s silly rankings, they’re not considered a top team in the world, but they’re probably the best team in Africa, they’ve knocked the U.S. out of the last two World Cups and they’re full of players who are based in Europe.”

The U.S. will open against Ghana on Monday, June 16.

(H/T CBS Sports)

Group A: 

(Schedule and analysis of teams and players)

-Brazil
-Croatia
-Mexico
-Cameroon

Group B: 

(Schedule and analysis of teams and players)

-Spain
-Netherlands
-Chile
-Australia

Group C:

(Schedule and analysis of teams and players)

-Colombia
-Greece
-Ivory Coast
-Japan

Group D:

(Schedule and analysis of teams and players)

-Uruguay
-Costa Rica
-England
-Italy

Group E:

(Schedule and analysis of teams and players)

-Switzerland
-Ecuador
-France
-Honduras

Group F:

(Schedule and analysis of teams and players)

-Argentina
-Bosnia and Herzegovina
-Iran
-Nigeria

Group G:

(Schedule and analysis of teams and players)

-Germany
-Portugal
-Ghana
-United States

Group H:

(Schedule and analysis of teams and players)

-Belgium
-Algeria
-Russia
-South Korea

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