BAHIA, BRAZIL (CBS Houston) – The World Cup draw was a show to really kick off the greatest tournament in world sport. Including great former Brazilian players like Ronaldo, Bebeto, Marta and of course Pele along with a dance troupe performing a Brazilian style of interpretative dance. The festivities took almost an hour before the draw finally commenced and the 32 teams from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas found out who they’d be playing starting June 2014.
When the balls were finally picked from the pots, the USA ended up with a group including Germany, Ghana and Portugal. Many will name this the “Group of Death.” With a world power in Germany and arguably the best player in the world Christiano Ronaldo of Portugal as well as the best team from Africa and the best team from the CONCACAF region it would look like that.
Group B could also make a run at the toughest group in the tournament with the World Champions, Spain, and their opponent from the South African Finals Holland as well as a strong team in Chile, one team that was hoping to have an easy road to the knockout round will not make it. The 2010 World Cup Final rematch will kick off the group with Spain and the Netherlands looking to get points early in the tournament.
The Groups break down like this:
Each team will play the other teams in their group in the opening round, the two teams that have the most points (three points for a win, one point for a draw, zero points for a loss) advance to the knockout stage. The tournament starts June 12th when hosts Brazil will play Croatia to kick of the tournament. The USA starts play on June 16th against Ghana.
Group H looks to be the easiest or most up in the air with Belgium, Algeria, Russia and South Korea all teams who would be considered middle of the road teams with little experience.
The group with some interesting match-ups include Group D which will see England and Italy, both former winners and European rivals trying to get past Uruguay and upstart Costa Rica. Group F should be an open run at the second spot to get to the knockout round with Iran, Nigeria and the only team making their first World Cup appearance Bosnia-Herzegovina in the group lead by Argentina.
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