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FIFA has announced the seeds for the 2014 World Cup finals draw after the October World Rankings were released on Thursday.

Hosts Brazil will be joined by Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Uruguay and Switzerland.

Uruguay's place in the top pot of seeds is subject to winning the intercontinental playoff against Jordan, and if they fail to qualify then Netherlands will move into the top pot.

Only the top pot is seeded for the Dec. 6 draw in Bahia, with the remaining pools based purely on a geographical basis to ensure a spread of nations in each group. There can be no more than one team from each confederation in each group, with the exception of Europe which will have two nations in four or five groups.

If Uruguay win their playoff, then the geographical draw pots will likely be similar to that of 2006. One pot may contain eight European nations, another should have the four Asian countries and four from CONCACAF (or New Zealand), with a final pot of Chile, Ecuador and the five African qualifiers.

That would leave a separate pot for the lowest-ranked UEFA side, who would be drawn against a non-European team from the seeded pot - Brazil, Argentina, Colombia or possibly Uruguay, to ensure no more than two European teams are in one group. In 2006 this fate befell Serbia & Montenegro, who were dumped in the Group of Death and lost all three games to Argentina (6-0), Ivory Coast and Netherlands - three nations who can be drawn together again in 2014.

The lowest-ranked UEFA team in 2014 will be an unseeded playoff nation, or Ukraine if all seeded countries win their ties. FIFA also confirmed the seeded teams for Monday's European playoff draw as Portugal, Greece, Croatia and Ukraine. The unseeded teams will be France, Sweden, Romania and Iceland.

Should Jordan beat Uruguay there is no obvious geographical split of teams so FIFA will have to devise a different pool system.

Spain continue to lead the rankings, well ahead of nearest challengers Germany.

Switzerland, the surprise seeds, move up to seven to seventh in the world while England are also new entries in the top ten, also moving up seven places to tenth -- one place ahead of Brazil who drop three. Croatia are the other nation to drop out of the top ten, down eight to 18th.

Scotland, on the back of wins over Macedonia and Croatia, pick up the top score of the month (164 points) and climb 28 places to 35th, while the biggest climbers are Moldova who jump 33 spots to 96th.


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The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ European play-off draw will take place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on Monday, 21 October at 14.00 CET. The draw will be broadcast live on FIFA.com.

The eight best runners-up in the European qualifying competition were decided on the completion of the group matches last Tuesday. The eight teams will be drawn into four play-off matches, which will be played on a home-and-away basis and determine the four remaining European teams for the final tournament.

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The eight teams qualified for the play-offs will be seeded into two pots based on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking published on 17 October 2013 (ranking position in brackets):

Pot 1: Portugal (14), Greece (15), Croatia (18), Ukraine (20)

Pot 2: France (21), Sweden (25), Romania (29), Iceland (46)

One team will be drawn from Pot 1 and one team will be drawn from Pot 2, with those two balls then placed into a third pot.

The two balls will be stirred again and drawn one by one. The first ball drawn will be the home team for the first leg.

The same process will be repeated for the remaining balls in each pot.

The draw will be conducted by Gordon Savic, Head of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, with the assistance of Alexander Frei, the former Swiss international who appeared in the two last World Cups and 84 international matches (42 goals, all-time Swiss top scorer).

The play-off matches are due to be played on 15 November and 19 November respectively.


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World Cup Playoffs

Sweden vs Portugal

Ukraine vs France

Greece vs Romania

Iceland vs Croatia

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Jordan 0 - 5 Uruguay FT (1st Leg)

Cavani scored a great freekick in this rout>>

Mexico 3 - 0 New Zealand 51' mins atm.........


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Mexico 5 - 1 New Zealand FT


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Ukraine 2-0 France

Portugal 1-0 Sweden (CR7 Header) 8-)

Greece 3-1 Romania

Iceland 0-0 Croatia

Very entertaining football these :D


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very important away goal from r7....but Sweden has come back from 4 down against Germany so anything is possible


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Ibra with the equalizer


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beautiful free kick from Ibra 2 - 1 it is....


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r7 makes it 2 - 2


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Messi can never step up so big for his country

The greatest is CR7


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Messi can never step up so big for his country

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Well said :D

CR7 single handed carries Portugal :arrow:


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Coentrao really stood out in this match as well....

Portugal >>> WC 2014....well deserved


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WHAT A GAME !!!!!!!

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So far Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Ghana qualify

France are almost there....


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Two die in Brazil World Cup stadium accident

Two people have died in an accident at Sao Paulo's stadium that is due to host the opening ceremony of the 2014 Football World Cup, police say.

A senior local fire official said crews were called to the Arena Corinthians after reports of a collapsed crane.

It fell on top of a metal structure, destroying parts of a stand.

The arena was due to be completed at the end of December to meet a Fifa deadline. Brazil has admitted it is struggling to have all 12 venues ready.

http://bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-25127897


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Two die in Brazil World Cup stadium accident

Two people have died in an accident at Sao Paulo's stadium that is due to host the opening ceremony of the 2014 Football World Cup, police say.

A senior local fire official said crews were called to the Arena Corinthians after reports of a collapsed crane.

It fell on top of a metal structure, destroying parts of a stand.

The arena was due to be completed at the end of December to meet a Fifa deadline. Brazil has admitted it is struggling to have all 12 venues ready.

http://bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-25127897


Rotation of WC to differing confederations is bollocks for two reasons.
1. Costs to host country - Brazil is proving that poor countries will struggle to have the infrastructural work in place (Brazilians gonna have one humongous debt once the WC is done)
2. They have failed to rotate the tournament equally. Concacaf last held the WC in 1994. Since then it has gone to
1998 France - UEFA
2002 Japan&SK - AFC
2006 Germany - UEFA
2010 RSA - CAF
2014 Brazil - Conmebol
2018 Russia - UEFA
2022 Qatar - AFC

2014 could have gone to the USA and we would be guaranteed of a efficient tournament with all the stadiums in existence.

The 1994 WC still remains the best attended by total overall attendance and average attendance per game even though the tournament has gone from 52 to 64 matches.


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FIFA confirmed the pots for Friday's World Cup draw today

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

Pot 2 are the unseeded South American countries and the qualifiers from Africa: Algeria, Cameroon, Chile, Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Ghana and Nigeria.

Pot 3 is made up of the teams from Asia and and north and central America: Australia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Mexico, USA.

Pot 4 there are nine unseeded European teams: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia.


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FYI: the draw takes place at noon local time

Final Draw Procedures:

http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/tournam ... eutral.pdf


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The adidas brazuca, the Official Match Ball for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, was given a fittingly spectacular launch on Tuesday 3 December. The iconic Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro provided a picturesque venue, while a breathtaking 3D light projection show wowed attendees including former Netherlands international Clarence Seedorf and Brazil great Cafu.

The brazuca, which means 'Brazilian' and refers to the Brazilian way of life, is the most-tested adidas ball in history. It was, over a two-and-a-half-year period, tried out by over 600 of the world’s top players or former players including Iker Casillas, Dani Alves, Lionel Messi, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Zinedine Zidane, and 30 teams in ten countries across three continents. The brazuca was also used at a selection of international football matches, albeit with a different design, including a friendly between Sweden and Argentina last February.

The brazuca’s colours and ribbon design of the ball panels symbolise the traditional multi-coloured wish bracelets worn in the country, in addition to reflecting the vibrancy and fun associated with football in the South American country. It has a new structural innovation, with a unique symmetry of six identical panels alongside a different surface structure will provide improved grip, touch, stability and aerodynamics on the pitch.

adidas’ series of Official Match Balls have a unique place in FIFA World Cup history and, according to some of the men expected to use it at Brazil 2014, the brazuca is set to create its own legacy just as the likes of the Telstar, Tango and Tricolore did previously.

"The brazuca has a stunning design that feels inspired by Brazil,” said Casillas. “Now the ball has been launched, the tournament feels a lot closer. I'm looking forward to playing in Brazil with a great ball.”

Dani Alves added: “My first impression of the brazuca is of a ball that is fantastic, and we're going to have a lot of fun with it. adidas has created an incredible-looking ball fitting for a tournament as big as the FIFA World Cup. Most importantly, it plays well on the ground and in the air. I'm sure all the players will love it! It's increased my levels of excitement even further and I honestly can’t wait for the opening game!"

The brazuca will be available to purchase globally from Wednesday 4 December in selected adidas retail outlets, associated stockists and via FIFA.com’s official Store. Furthermore, any child born in Brazil on 3 December, the day of its official launch, was entitled to a free Brazuca courtesy of adidas.

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Never miss a moment of action from around the globe thanks to the brand new FIFA app, which puts a world of football at your fingertips.

Get access up-to-the-minute scores with FIFA.com's new customisable World Match Centre direct to your pocket with this free app, available for both Android and iOS phone and tablet devices. With it, you will be able to find out what is going on in the top leagues in England and Brazil as easily as you can in Ethiopia and Bhutan, and 194 others too!

As well as access to a whole globe's worth of matches, all the latest news on your favourite players, teams and leagues will be just a touch away, alongside stunning photos and hours of video from right across the beautiful game.

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ just around the corner, you will get a front row seat to all the build-up, including the upcoming Final Draw, and extensive coverage of the footballing fiesta itself in South America next June.

You will also never be left wondering where your, or any other national team, ranks globally with the FIFA app to hand, as the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be available to call upon whenever you wish.

The world of FIFA beyond the pitch will also be yours to explore, allowing you to delve into the impact the organisation has in trying to make lives better with football all across the planet. Plus, the whole app is available in five languages: English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish.

What are you waiting for? Download it from Google Play or the App Store today!

Access the FIFA App now by visiting the App Store and Google Play.

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Fifa World Cup Draw today @ 12:30 pm on ESPN


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GROUP A
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GROUP B
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GROUP C
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GROUP D
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GROUP E
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