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Pot 1: Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, Germany, Switzerland, Uruguay.

Pot 2: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chile, Ecuador.

Pot 3: Japan, Iran, South Korea, Australia, United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras.

Pot 4: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, England, Greece, Italy, Holland, Portugal, Russia, France

One team from pot 4 will be drawn with Brazil/Argentina/Columbia/Uruguay before the start

Chilie and Ecuador will be in either Spain/Germany/Belgium/Switzerland group

1 south american side per group and Max 2 Europeans per group.

Can see a lot of shit groups tbh...hope not tho

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As England join the 31 other nations in Brazil to learn their fate for the 2014 World Cup group stage, here's the ultimate lowdown on Friday's draw.


I can't wait to see the World Cup draw, when is it?

On Friday at 4pm UK time, the powers of the beautiful game will congregate at the Costa do Sauipe Resort in the Brazilian state of Bahia to pick the groups for next summer's tournament.

Representatives from each of the 32 nations, as well as 1,300 guests and around 2,000 media representatives, will watch on the edge of their seats as the game's luminaries decide their fate.

You can watch it on BBC Two from 4.30pm





The stage is set: Workers put finishing touches Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup final draw venue




Packed house: Around 2,000 of the world's media will be crammed into the Bahia resort for the draw




Legend: Sir Geoff Hurst is one of the World Cup Winners to help out with proceedings at the draw



Who's going to be performing the draw?

England will be hoping for a good omen as 1966 hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst is one of the former stars helping with the draw.

He'll be helped by fellow World Cup winners Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Zinedine Zidane, Lothar Matthaus and Mario Kempes. FIFA chief Jerome Valcke is the master of ceremonies.

The evening's presenters are Brazilian celebrity couple Rodrigo Hilbert and Fernanda Lima, whom we can only assume was chosen for her intricate knowledge of Chile's attacking 3-3-1-3 formation.


So, on to the important stuff, who can England get?

England are in Pot Four, which is for the unseeded sides from Europe, alongside sides like Italy, Holland and Portugal.

Well, they're in Pot Four at the moment. One team from Pot Four will be randomly placed into Pot Two - as there are a surplus of European teams.

That means - already not safe from facing a giant like Brazil, Spain, Germany or Argentina, the seeded teams in Pot One - England could well end up drawing one of those AND Italy or Holland.


Sounds scary. So what's the absolute worst case scenario for Roy Hodgson's men?

Potentially, Brazil, Holland and Mexico. Or Argentina, France and USA.




All smiles: But Roy Hodgson's men could face a 'group of death' with Brazil, USA and France


And the famous 'easy group'?

There's no easy games in international football, but if you insist: Switzerland, Honduras and Algeria (remember them?).

These things are never just about the draw, though, are they? What have Brazil got lined up in the way of entertainment?

The last spate of musical acts handed the big gig were announced on Friday, with Brazilian singers Alexandre Pires and Vanessa da Mata added to the list, as are Companhia de Danca Deborah Colker, who are a contemporary dance troupe known the world over, apparently.

Emicida, Alcione, Margareth Menezes and percussion group Olodum were already on the bill, which will be a typically colourful celebration of Brazilian culture, music and football. 

The event, FIFA says, is inspired by the tournament's official slogan, which is 'Brazil: All in One Rhythm.'


Right, so I'm ready for the draw - now how do I get tickets for next summer?

With great difficulty. The first batch of over 1million tickets have already been snapped up, with the latest release of seats selling out in seven hours.

A Heathrow to Rio De Janeiro flight will also set you back £1,600, while estimates for England fans travelling to the three group games (and let's hope there's more than that) range from £7,000 to £10,000.

That's for travel, match tickets and accommodation - and for a standard three-star hotel, you're looking at £350 a night.

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Nah it won't

Brazil would win the group with ease

France et Italy would have a runners up play-off

C/S about Australia

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Hopefully England gets 2 or 3 good teams that the bookies don't rate when the odds for the group matches are decided.

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