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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:32 pm 
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FIFA WORLD CUP POTS

Pot 1 (8): Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium

Pot 2 (7): Algeria, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Chile, Ecuador

Pot 3 (8): United States, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Iran

Pot 4 (9): Italy, Netherlands, England, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Russia, Portugal, France

http://www.mlssoccer.com/worldcup/2014/news/article/2013/12/03/world-cup-2014-tough-groups-await-brazil-after-united-states-concacaf-placed?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=News&utm_campaign=Unpaid

The draw for Brazil 2014 will occur on Friday (11:30 am ET), as FIFA sets the eight four-team groups and locks in the schedule for the opening phase of the tournament.

MLSsoccer.com will have complete coverage of the World Cup draw, including live updates of the groups, post-draw analysis, and reactions from USMNT players such as Omar Gonzalez and Graham Zusi.


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World Cup 2014:
MLSsoccer.com's World Cup Draw preview

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HOW THE DRAW WORKS

NOTE: Teams from the same region cannot be drawn into the same group except for a maximum of two European teams in any single group.

STEP 1: One European team from Pot 4 will be placed into Pot 2 to ensure 8 teams in each pot

STEP 2: The eight seeds from Pot 1 are assigned groups from Group A through Group H

STEP 3: A ball will be drawn from a special Pot X, featuring the four seeded South American teams. The lone European team in Pot 2 (STEP 1) will be assigned to that South American team's group in order to avoid the possiblity of having three European teams in any one group.

STEP 4: The rest of the Pot 2 teams are randomly drawn into the other seven groups (Note: Chile and Ecuador cannot be drawn into teams with other South American teams).

STEP 5: Pot 3 teams are randomly drawn into the eight groups.

STEP 6: Pot 4 teams are randomly drawn into the eight groups.
•READ: FIFA's official World Cup draw procedures (http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/finaldraw/02/23/84/73/131203_finaldrawprocedures_neutral.pdf)

Eight former players representing the eight former World Cup champions -- Cafu (Brazil), Fabio Cannavaro (Italy), Mario Kempes (Argentina), ex-MLS player Lothar Matthaus (Germany), Alcides Ghiggia (Uruguay), Fernando Hierro (Spain), Zinedine Zidane (France) and Sir Geoff Hurst (England) will help FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke conduct the draw.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/worldcup/2014/news/article/2013/12/05/world-cup-2014-mlssoccercoms-world-cup-draw-preview


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The draw is complete. Here’s the field for the 2014 World Cup:

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

http://nesn.com/2013/12/2014-world-cup-draw-live-pele-to-wow-audience-in-surprise-appearance-nations-hope-to-group-of-death/


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MLS referee Mark Geiger,
three other PRO officials selected for 2014 World Cup

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Veteran MLS referee Mark Geiger has been selected to take part in this summer's FIFA World Cup, marking the first such call for a US referee in more than a decade.

Geiger will be joined by assistant referees Sean Hurd (USA) and Joe Fletcher (Canada), one of 25 trios and eight “support duos” from 43 countries selected by the FIFA Referee Committee to officiate the action in Brazil.

US referee Eric Boria will also make the trip as one half of a support duo alongside Mexico's Roberto Moreno-Salazar.

Beyond those officials, CONCACAF is also represented by a Salvadoran trio, a Mexican trio and a Central American support duo of Walter Alexander López Castellanos (Guatemala) and Leonel Leal Bermúdez (Costa Rica).

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/01/15/mls-referee-mark-geiger-three-other-pro-officials-selected-2014-world-cup


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Hundreds arrested in Brazil as protest against World Cup spending grows violent
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Bank windows were smashed and fires started in Sao Paolo in a rally against World Cup expenditure, which has exceeded $11 billion. Police fired tear gas and stun grenades, making hundreds of arrests.
Almost a thousand people peacefully took to the streets on Saturday in the south-eastern city to express their discontent over the high government expenditure on the World Cup, which Brazil is going to host in four months.
“There will be no Cup!” and “Cup for the rich, scraps for the poor!” protesters chanted according to AFP.


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