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2014 World Cup Draw: Recapping the event

Dec 6, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT


Group A: Brazil, Cameroon, Mexico, Croatia
Group B: Spain, Chile, Australia, Netherlands
Group C: Colombia, Ivory Coast, Japan, Greece
Group D: Uruguay, Italy, Costa Rica, England
Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, Honduras, France
Group F: Argentina, Nigeria, Iran, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Group G: Germany, Ghana, United States, Portugal
Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Korea Republic, Russia


12:22 p.m. Stay tuned to for a bevy of posts in the coming hours on what this all means, but suffice it to say that England and the United States both saw unfavorable draws. The winners and runners-up of the US group, Group G, will face Belgium, Algeria, Russia or Korea Republic in the knockout round on June 30 or July 1.

12:21 p.m. It is complete:


12:16 p.m. THE UNITED STATES 2014 WORLD CUP GROUP IS COMPLETE, as Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal joins Germany and Ghana in what will certainly be described as a Group of Death. Russia joins Group H. Just how tough is Group G?

12:14 p.m. France with the break of the draw. After being relieved as the Pot 2 team, they get a winnable Group E. Bosnia-Herzegovina’s first World Cup date will be Argentina. Is France Group E favorite?

12:14 p.m. England joins a very difficult Group D and will open against mighty, hated Italy. Can England advance?

12:11 p.m. Croatia will face Brazil to kick-off the World Cup. Greece joins Group C, so we’ll avoid an UGGG acronym for Group G. Group A details, analysis

12:10 p.m. USA is headed to Group G, which is looking like the front runner for Group of Death. Korea Republic “bailed out” with Algeria and Belgium.

12:07 p.m. Japan is C4 and will open with Cote D’Ivoire, while Costa Rica gets a tough tough group with Uruguay and Italy. Two bad breaks for CONCACAF, which gets a break with Honduras joining Ecuador and Switzerland in E. Still no US, and the two remaining options are vastly different. Who is the favorite in Group C?

12:06 p.m. Money time for USMNT supporters, and Mexico is the first team chosen from Pot 3 and El Tri gets a possibility for Group of Death as A3. Australia gets a tough date with Spain and Chile as B4. Valcke drops a ball and quips that “it’s hard to be old.”

12:04 p.m. Nigeria joins Argentina in Group F as F4, Ghana continues Group G’s alliteration as G3, Algeria joins Group H as H2 in another enviable group for the US. Argentina class of Group F

12:01 p.m. The rest of Pot 2 sees Chile named as B3, Cameroon to A4, Ecuador to E… now for a moment the United States is begging for Group E.

Noon: Double high Noon for Blatter. The team from Pot 4 to Pot 2 was… Italy, who now has a date with Uruguay as D4.

11:56 a.m. Spain is headed for B1, and the Pot 1 teams are coming out. Colombia to C1, Uruguay to D1. Switzerland to E1, Argentina to F1 (a team from Group F has never won World Cup. Gasp!), Germany gets an alliterative group and Belgium heads to Group H.

11:55 a.m. Moving from Pot 4 to Pot 2 is… a mystery ball. Of course, they couldn’t open and close a ball so we’re left in suspense as to which European nation entered a new world of trouble.

11:54 a.m. The script would like us to believe Lima is baffled by these incredibly-challenging rules, but her hero Valcke is here to assure her she’s over-dramatizing things.

11:53 a.m. Fun with Twitter:

11:50 a.m. Special guest “drawers” Sir Geoff Hurst, Fabio Cannavaro, Lothar Matthaus, Zinedine Zidane, Cafu, Mario Kempes, Fernando Hierro and Alcides Ghiggia take the stage.

11:47 a.m. FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke arrives on stage to join Lima in explaining the rules of the draw (which we’ve covered at-length in the links at the bottom of this page).

11:43 a.m. Enter Pele, who will likely not dance. He introduces a feature that makes at least one lowly American writer quite angry at his  tourism budget.

11:42 a.m.  The trophy!

11:40 a.m. And now, a scantily clad dance team gives us their take on the World Cup. Please, please, please deliver us. It’s already 10 minutes past the time we’ve long anticipated. So you think you can scorpion kick?

11:36 a.m. Brazilian women’s team superstar Marta hits the scene along with Bebeto and the World Cup’s mascot, Fuleco. Guess which one busted out a wild dance number?

11:28 a.m. Another musical number, and quite a show for those in attendance to be sure, but people are far more interested in what comes in moments: which European nation will make the move from Pot 4 to Pot 2, kicking off a chain reaction that will end with 4 teams in 8 groups and a long wait for June. Now a video showing each qualified team.

11:19 a.m. It’s a Disney-like ride through World Cup history, with old photographs and grainy highlights giving way to more familiar, modern highlights. Nice job, FIFA and/or Brazilian video types.

source: AP11:14 a.m. FIFA chief Sepp Blatter notes that it was “high Noon” for the World Cup to return to Brazil. This does not turn out to be a clever intro for Clint Eastwood’s arrival, unfortunately. He speaks of football connecting people and implores Brazilians to bring the world together.

11:00 a.m. The draw broadcast begins with a video tribute to Nelson Mandela and his history with the sport, including the moving moment when South Africa won the rights to host the 2010 World Cup, an honor for which the South African legend worked so hard.

11:03 a.m. Rodrigo Hilbert and his wife, Brazilian model Fernanda Lima, are the hosts for the event, and it’s fair to guess that those who haven’t heard of the latter are now quite impressed. The show now turns to a musical number featuring samba singer Alcione and rapper Emicada.

10:49 a.m. The day has arrived! The fate of the world’s best soccer nations will be decided by tiny pieces of paper inside of little soccer balls, and the path to the 2014 World Cup will be unveiled, beginning at 11:30am ET. Keep refreshing here for news, commentary, updated groups and reaction from around the world.

For your background info, PST has had plenty to say over the past few weeks. Read up:

2014 FIFA World Cup Draw: Everything You Need To Know

USA fear toughest ever World Cup Draw but relish chance to make history

What US Soccer wants from the World Cup Draw

  1. trabbit55 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Please no Ghana… I’ve had enough of them

    • trabbit55 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      And about just like that, we’re drawn with Ghana.

      • handsofsweed - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        We’re going to beat them. They’re no better than they were 4 years ago and we’re a much, much better squad. They should be worried about us.

      • redbaronx - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        I agree with handsofsweed. We’re better than we were four years ago, and we’ll be amped up to beat Ghana. They’re a beatable team for us.

  2. tridecagon - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:12 PM


  3. tridecagon - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Wow, this draw is not good. Some incredibly easy groups and some absolutely brutal ones.

  4. jcmeyer10 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    USA got a brutal group.

  5. jucam1 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Thanks for coming down to Brazil US squad, i hope you get some good souvenirs and enjoy watching other teams in the knock out rounds, but good try and all. Can I bet on the US gol differential at negative 10?…

    • redbaronx - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      I’m betting the US wins the group! Germany is the best draw for us from Pot 1 and Klinsmann knows the Germans well. Portugal always sputters in the World Cup and rarely advances. Ghana is definitely beatable for us and you know our guys are going to come out on a mission to beat them after 2010.

      GO USA!!!

  6. mlsconvert88888 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Bring it on Baby! Oh man, I so want some vindication against the Black Stars. And if we can also advance past Germany or Portugal it’s gonna be glorious.

    • redbaronx - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      @miconvert88888 – I’m with you! It would be great if we won this group and finally get some respect. I totally think we can win this group.

  7. tridecagon - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Just for fun (or maybe this is the opposite of fun), here’s the sum of FIFA world rankings for each group:

    Group G: 45
    Group D: 57
    Group B: 71
    Group C: 81
    Group E: 91
    Group A: 97
    Group F: 105
    Group H: 113

    Group G has two of the top five teams in the world, and Ghana has never been kind to us. Holy crap are we in trouble.

    • redbaronx - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      @tridecagon – Don’t write us off here. Klinsmann’s knowledge of the Germans will be huge for us. Portugal always flames out despite having some great individual players. Ghana is not better than us, and we’re better then we were four years ago.

      We tyically do not play well against South American teams. In some ways this is the ideal draw for us. Out of all the Pot 1 teams I was hoping for Belgium, Spain or Germany. We got Germany.

      We could have gotten a weaker African pot team, but frankly I prefer getting Ghana again! Payback would be sweet!

      Pot 4 – Seriously. I can’t think of a better team to draw than Portugal. They’re like England. They usually find a way to screw up!

  8. footballer4ever - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    The third time is the charm and USA will vengeance against Ghana. Portugal is overated because of Ronaldo. USA did beat already Potugal in WC 2002 so it can happen again. Germany? Usa rises against the big teams. Overall, USA, Germany, Potugal, Ghana is how that group will finish.

  9. jucam1 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Beyond done is the description I would give the US. That was the worst possible draw. I hope the guys get a tan in the few days they’ll be in Brasil.

  10. footballer4ever - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Guys, Calm down and take a breath. It’s not as bad as it could have been. Portugal is beatable with or without Ronaldo. Ghana? Our time for some payback! Germany? Well, time to break out of our football complex and finish first. Calm down, take a breath and make sure to enjoy a whole month of football worldcup.

    • px2ug - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Agreed, Portugal and Ghana are freaking out as well since they know that we are able to beat them. And Germany would have hoped for any easier draw. It is what it is.

  11. footballer4ever - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Out of Concacaf, Honduras got the better draw, followed by Mexico, then USA and Costa Rica got the worst of it.

  12. babyfarkmcgeezax - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    USA and Ghana are advancing from this group. Mark it down. Mark it down. Ghana will smack USA like usual, but Germany surely can’t get another cheap-ass no-call when their player clearly blocks a would-be goal with his hand like what happened in 2002. The USA will Ger-Manhandle the Deutschlanders. And USA has smacked Portugal before. Portugal will be Portu-gone when the US is done with their overrated asses.

    • bear06 - Dec 7, 2013 at 3:58 AM

      Lol Wut? Germany will easily win the group.

  13. jucam1 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Are you guys insane?… Portugal’s b team is better than the US, Ghana just beat Egypt (an equal team) by 6 goals, and the Germans are going to Blitzkrieg the US’ weak defense!… I’m taking US minus 10 goals in Cegas to tge bank!

    • redbaronx - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      jucam1 – Egypt = Portugal???? You’re smoking pot!

      • footballer4ever - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        He’d be in a better position if that was the case. He’s just crazy who missed his shrink’s appointment to watch the WC draw.

    • mvktr2 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      You know what’s as crazy as someone saying the US & Ghana advance out of this group?

      Someone whom says the US has NO HOPE of advancing from the group.

      Sure it’s an uphill battle but form and so much more will impact these groups. Every tournament ‘favorites’ and ‘big names’ fail to get out of groups. I don’t want Ghana not because of how good they are but because of how much they’ve taken it to the US of late. The US and Ghana were so equally matched in S. Africa that it took extra time to decide the match. I believe the US has a slight edge over Ghana just as I believe Portugal has an edge over the US but it’s not a major leap in difference. It’s more like the distance between England & the US.

  14. footballer4ever - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:14 PM


    Ha! The crazy one telling others they are insane. Very tipical of a crazy person. Aren’t you supposed to be at the shrink’s office instead? 😛

  15. redbaronx - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    @everyone – This draw is not as bad as it seems at first blush.

    1) European teams are known for generally sucking at tournaments have been held in South America.
    2) Klinsmann knows Germany, and I think we’d much rather have Germany then say Brazil, Argentina, or Uruguay. The US always has major trouble against the creativity of South American teams as our defensive anticipation is not the best. We match up better against the Germans.
    3) Portugal never does well in the World Cup. They get scared of their own shadow.
    4) We’ve had one outing against Ghana (in 2010), and even though we lost, that was with a different regime. I’m betting the US players will be highly motivated to kick their butt! We’re just as good as they are.

    Ranking wise we are in the toughest group, but I like this draw. I think we can come away with two wins.

    • braxtonrob - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      @redbaronx, you said, “I’m betting the US players will be highly motivated to kick their butt!”

      We’ve lost to them TWICE; we were “highly motivated” last time (in 2010), and you saw how that turned out.

      • redbaronx - Dec 7, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        @braxtonrob – Our team is stronger then it was in 2010, and much improved from 2006. Plus Klinsmann is coaching this time.

        Besides, since when does two games constitute a pattern??? We’ll win.

  16. footballer4ever - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:28 PM


    Hmmm!? Agree with handsofweed? Is it more than the football WC draw predictions or more than that? 😛. Just messing around in good nature here.

  17. bradinkc - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Sure it would have been nice to be in an easier group but all USMNT fans had been prepared mentally for a bad draw. This squad has improved drastically over the past year and I’m excited to see us matched up with the best. Bring it on!

    • redbaronx - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      @bradinkc – Our scoring is much better as the qualifier showed and the friendlies we’ve played this year. These teams should be equally afraid of us! I agree 100% with Klinsmann. If we want to be the best, we have to beat the best. If we come out of this group, it’s going to give the guys a ton of confidence that we have potential. Now we just have to show it.

      I’m predicting two wins for the US over Portugal and Ghana. I wouldn’t be surprised if we beat Germany either.

      BRING IT ON!!!!

  18. jucam1 - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Wow i thought i was commenting on a Footie site, not a Beiber fan site. It’s cute you guys think the US has a chance in this group, but I live in the real world and I was born with eyes which allow me to see that ALL 3 teams are way better than the US team. Crazy I know. Anyway, good luck in neverland but in reality a see a clean sweep of the US in the WC. Ghana is better, Portugal is way better, and Germany is in another stratosphere. But hey, i’m sure that old US spirit will win it, so please put all the money you have on the USMT to get to the second round, you can’t lose with that winning spirit!

    • footballer4ever - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      @ jucam1

      Omg, I am calling the shrink on you and will make sure you he brings a straitjacket. 😛

    • mlsconvert88888 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      If you don’t expect fans to be optimistic about their team, I’m guessing you either never spent much time competing in sports yourself, or you were that teammate that nobody wanted on the squad. The whole point is to relish the competition, which makes a tougher draw even more exciting.

      There’s always a guy at a craps table who feels the need to bet on the don’t pass line, against everyone else, and then doesn’t understand why people view him like a tool.

    • tridecagon - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      I like you, jucam. Let’s make a wager. How much are you willing to put down on your contention that the US will finish with zero points?

  19. mvktr2 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    It had to be Ghana!

  20. sepoko - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    Portugal is Renaldo plus 10. Germany will win the group. USA needs to beat Ghana, put two or more defenders on Renaldo to t Protugal, and play like the proverbial crazed dogs against Germany. All things considered I’d take the young lady in the gold dress in my group.

  21. braxtonrob - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:15 PM


    The CONCACAF champions (US) are eliminated before a SINGLE ball is pulled from the 4th bowl.

    Meanwhile, Mexico (CONCACAF tail-draggers) will quite possibly move on to the Round of 16.

    The US will set the record for absolute humiliation (in WC play) when Ghana eliminates us for the THIRD time in A ROW! THAT SUCKS!!!

  22. bear06 - Dec 7, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    Humiliation? Ummm no. The USA are up to the challenge and they will go life and death with each team they play in the WC.

  23. jucam1 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Tridecagon, i know everyone wants to hate on my view, and that’s fine. I am just being Realistic, Portugal is a real good team and maybe with the weather the U S has a chance. Ghana will be right at home in that heat and they are better than the U S. Germany is far superior and the weather won’t matter. So in my view I don’t see how the US even gets close to advancing or even earning a point. So I will take that bet. Its not that the US isn’t an improving team, its just that the draw killed them and they are way overrated because of the media attention they command and the weak qualifying region they are in. They have no answer for multiple players on Portugal and Germany and Ghana can run a lot of nations off the pitch. The US will improve and in 3 or 4 cups it’ll be a real competitor. But to look at that group and honestly expect this team to win this group is delusional.

    • footballer4ever - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      Delusional is as delusional feels.

    • braxtonrob - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      @jucam1, I agree. I’ll take anybody’s money who want to bet on the US and 4 points or more.
      I don’t see US getting even two points, and we’re more likely to outdo ’98’s performance in futility.
      Tragic. (Sincerely.)

  24. footballer4ever - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    It’s easier to play negatively safe than to take a positive risk. In the end, noone id right unless the footballers decide the final outcome on the field. Either way, it’s fun to play Nostradamus from the comfort of our homes.

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