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World Cup Draw 2014 LIVE - Who will England face in Brazil?


by Jack de Menezes
Welcome to The Independent's live commentary of the 2014 World Cup draw in Brazil, where the 32 teams have found out who they will face next summer.

England have been handed an extremely testing group after they were drawn in Group D against Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica.

  • Welcome to The Independent's live commentary of the 2014 World Cup draw in Brazil, where the 32 teams will find out who they will face next summer.
    12/6/2013 2:22:17 PM
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  • Could England be drawn against defending champions Spain? It happened in the rehearsal draw...
    The practice draw put England in Group E alongside defending world champions Spain, as well as Ivory Coast and South Korea. In the current Fifa world rankings, England sit 13th, just four places above Ivory Coast with Korea ranked 54th.
    To see the practice run in full, CLICK HERE.
    12/6/2013 2:52:28 PM

  • England are currently in Pot Four. We say currently, because they could yet be moved to Pot Two...
    The draw for the World Cup will take place this afternoon with every side keeping their fingers crossed, hoping for a kind outcome. However, there is some confusion as to exactly how it will work, with England potentially being switched from Pot Four to Pot Two - a change that could lead to Roy Hodgson's side facing a tougher set of teams.
    To read more on why a side from Pot Four will be moved, CLICK HERE.
    12/6/2013 2:55:02 PM
  • Remember Fab? England's former manager Fabio Capello is here to find out who his Russia side will face

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  • So how will the draw work?

    STEP 1: From the pot containing 9 European qualifiers, known
    as Pot 4, one team is picked at random.
    It is put in Pot 2, which has the 5
    teams from Africa, plus Chile and Ecuador.
    This ensures that all 4 pots now
    have the same number of teams: 8.

    STEP 2: The 8 teams in Pot 1 — containing host Brazil plus

    the top 7 seeded teams — are picked out one after another, starting with
    Brazil, and then divided into 8 groups, labeled A to H, with 1 team in each

    STEP 3: One of the South American teams that was in Pot 1 — either Brazil, Argentina, Colombia or Uruguay — is designated at random.

    STEP 4: The European team in Pot 2 is now put into that South American team's group.

    STEP 5: Pot 2 is emptied, with its 7 remaining teams picked out one after another and divided into the groups, with one in each group.

    STEP 6: The 8 teams in Pot 3 are drawn and put into the groups.

    STEP 7: The 8 teams in Pot 4 are drawn and put into the groups.

    Groups A to H now all have 4 teams.

    12/6/2013 3:06:45 PM
  • Here's a view of your views so far:

    12/6/2013 3:11:19 PM
  • Despite making it clear that England want to stay in Rio, Roy Hodgson has admitted that they could change their plans depending on where their group stage fixtures are:
    “We are open to all things. I hope we do not have to change … we have spent a lot of time on the choice of hotel and choice of training ground so that would be a pity if we have got to move. We have an open mind at the moment. We will do out best like a lot of teams. 

    CLICK HERE to read more from the Three Lions' boss.
    12/6/2013 3:15:07 PM
  • England won't be so welcome in Manaus though, after mayor Arthur Virgilio said he would rather have a better team play in the city:

    "We would prefer that England doesn't come. We hope to get a better team and a coach who is more sensible and polite. He's one of the few people in the world who is not curious about the Amazon, who doesn't want to know Manaus."

    CLICK HERE to read more on why England have already made enemies in Brazil

    12/6/2013 3:18:48 PM
  • Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque with the mother of all photobombs on Russia boss Capello:

    12/6/2013 3:26:22 PM
  • Who do you back in the Ronaldo v Romario war of words?

    As debate rages over Brazil’s hosting of next year’s World Cup, Ronaldo, who led the country to victory in 2002, is toeing the party line as a member of the event’s Local Organising Committee. “We will look back with a lot of pride and say we organised the best World Cup of all time,” he says. 

    In contrast Romario, the hero of Brazil’s 1994 triumph, has reinvented himself as an outspoken congressman for the state of Rio de Janeiro with a particular axe to grind against the forthcoming World Cup. “It will be the biggest robbery in the history of Brazil,” he counters.

    To read more on the two former football legends, CLICK HERE.

    12/6/2013 3:29:34 PM
  • Scolari's in the house: The Brazil manager has arrived for the draw

    12/6/2013 3:31:26 PM
  • No World Cup draw is complete without Pele, is it?

    12/6/2013 3:33:08 PM
  • Fifa have confirmed that they will do something to honour Nelson Mandela following his sad passing last night. Quite what exactly, we don't yet know, as they refuse to elaborate on their plans to pay their respects to the former South African President.
    12/6/2013 3:35:51 PM

  • Keep your messages coming...

    12/6/2013 3:39:11 PM
  • A reminder of the teams who make up the draw:

    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-Hercegovina, Croatia, England, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, France.

    12/6/2013 3:42:22 PM
  • We all know the teams England fans want to avoid in the draw (pretty much everyone) but what about fans from other country's? Do the Spanish have anything to fear? Can a European, Asian, African or North American nations become the first to win a World Cup on South American soil? Or is it Brazil's to lose? Let us know your thoughts.
    12/6/2013 3:46:15 PM
  • Adidas have fuelled the World Cup fire this week with the release of the Brazuca, the ball to be used at next summer's finals. It marks the latest chapter in Adidas' pursuit to make the roundest, most advanced and best ball ever.
    CLICK HERE to take a look at the official World Cup balls in the years gone by.
    12/6/2013 3:49:25 PM
  • Here's Brazil legend Ronaldo eyeing up the 'Brazuca'. We think he likes it...

    12/6/2013 3:52:04 PM
  • Under an hour ago! Tensions building, excitement reaching unrivaled proportions. Imagine what it'll be like when we actually get a game underway.
    12/6/2013 3:55:21 PM
  • An impressive attempt for Movember by Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo, but I'm afraid it's come six days too late to be considered for our Top Mo's

    12/6/2013 3:57:53 PM
  • Here we go, the ceremony is about to begin...
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  • We begin with a fitting and emotional video of Nelson Mandela at the last World Cup when he made a rare public appearance ahead of the 2010 World Cup final. Fifa have decided to go with a pink stage, for those who are interested in the aesthetics of it all. 
    12/6/2013 4:04:07 PM
  • Next up, we're treated to a montage of all things that make Brazil great. Samba dancing, sandy beaches, samba dancing, the amazon, and more samba dancing/. Fair to say I think the 'Carnival' atmosphere could take over the United Kingdom next summer.
    12/6/2013 4:07:32 PM
  • Time for a song or two. Brazilian musician Alcione brings us our first entertainment of the show, before rapper Emcida takes to the stage. Ah. Sepp Blatter has arrived on stage to give his first speech, with the Fifa President asking for a minute's silence in memory of Nelson Mandela.
    12/6/2013 4:12:39 PM
  • A rather strange minute's silence - which after about 10 seconds saw Blatter instruct everyone to clap by demanding "applaud please". Not sure how that one will go down.
    12/6/2013 4:14:04 PM
  • The ceremony began with a moving tribute to Nelson Mandela

    12/6/2013 4:16:12 PM
  • Blatter also takes a small swipe at those who protested during the this summer's Confederations Cup:

    "Football connects people, builds bridges. I appeal to the population of Brazil, please come together and join everybody through this World Cup."
    12/6/2013 4:19:06 PM
  • Time for a video. We're going back in time as Brazil takes us to the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay, and each subsequent tournament since then. 
    12/6/2013 4:20:44 PM
  • Brilliant, we get to see Diego Maradona's wonder-goal from the 1986 World Cup. Again. It could be worse, at least they haven't shown the Hand of God yet.
    12/6/2013 4:23:09 PM
  • Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque is welcomed onto the stage, carrying the famous World Cup trophy that his side won in 2010. He says it's time to hand it back - but is it just temporarily with Spain currently ranked the best team in the world?
    12/6/2013 4:25:28 PM
  • Blatter's happy: The Fifa top dog applauds alongside Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

    12/6/2013 4:26:55 PM
  • More music, except this rendition by Vanessa Da Mata and man in a white suit is rather painful to listen to. It's over...thankfully. 15 minutes till we're underway.
    12/6/2013 4:29:26 PM
  • But not before - you guessed it - another video. Although this one is rather entertaining, introducing all 32 teams one-by-one. 
    12/6/2013 4:30:16 PM
  • Brazilian ex-international Cafu will be one of the World Cup greats carrying out the draw:

    12/6/2013 4:31:49 PM
  • Here comes the 'Brazuca' along with Ronaldo. He hasn't eaten it, thankfully, having been seen eyeing it up earlier.
    12/6/2013 4:33:02 PM
  • Ronaldo claims it was "easy" to score 15 goals in World Cups over the years. So easy in fact, that no on else has done it.
    12/6/2013 4:34:06 PM
  • Del Bosque's at it again - he surely thinks about these photo opportunities before hand

    12/6/2013 4:35:33 PM
  • Here comes the official World Cup mascot Fuleco, the jazzed up amardillo, who is now dancing to samba music. Brazilian great Bebeto accompanies him, although he refrains from breaking into dance on stage. Maybe the whole of Brazil isn't dancing 24/7?
    12/6/2013 4:39:08 PM
  • With just five minutes to go, we're treated to a rather intense drum and bass performance while 10 dancers leap around the stage. Not sure the watching audience will quite understand this one, maybe the wrong generation for this time of trance-like music.
    12/6/2013 4:41:16 PM
  • At this rate, the draw won't be ready in time for the start of the World Cup. We're running seven minutes late already, and Pele has only just arrived on stage.
    12/6/2013 4:43:45 PM
  • The Brazilian legend explains how he remembers seeing his father crying when they didn't win the World Cup, and how he hopes his own children won't see the same. Touching.
    12/6/2013 4:45:32 PM
  • Pele: "I really trust Brazil very much, I think they will be in the final. I will never forget the 1950 World Cup final in Brazil when I saw my dad crying as the home nation lost.

    "I do not want my kids to see me crying in this World Cup. I want to tell the whole world of football that Brazil is waiting for you with open arms."

    12/6/2013 4:47:34 PM
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