5 Storylines From The World Cup Draw
5 Narratives of the 2014 World Cup Draw
It has been decided. The fates of all teams making the trip to Brazil next summer have been announced. Some teams can breath a sigh of relief while others will be sobbing into a bowl of ice cream for the rest of the night.
The groups are as follows:
Group A – Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, and Cameroon
Group B – Spain, Netherlands, Chile, and Australia
Group C – Colombia, Greece, Cote d’Ivoire, and Japan
Group D – Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, and Italy
Group E – Switzerland, Ecuador, France, and Honduras
Group F – Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, and Nigeria
Group G – Germany, Portugal, Ghana, and the United States
Group H – Belgium, Algeria, Russia, and South Korea
The World Cup looks set to have plenty of exciting group stage fixtures throughout that stage of the tournament. Unfortunately for Roy Hodgson and England, they will have to brave the slightly discomforting tropical heat of Manaus to play European foes, Italy.
Right off the bat, fans will be treated to some great matchups. Tournament hosts Brazil will start off the festivities with a game against a really good Croatian team. The next day, a rematch of the 2010 final will take place in Salvador as Spain and the Netherlands will clash in what should be one of the best games of the group stage.
The draw reminds us that summer is just around the corner, and the excitement is only enhanced by this concrete list of groups for everyone to ponder and argue over.
Without further ado, here are five things to take away from the World Cup draw.
5. E is for Easy
While Group G has been dubbed the "group of death," Group E has to be the "group of life." Switzerland is a good team, but the dark horse nation will be happy to escape some of the harder teams at the beginning of the tournament.
France, who narrowly made the World Cup finals through a playoff comeback, might have the best chance to top this group.
4. Group B the Other Group of Death
Group B may not have Germany, but it has both teams that played in the 2010 World Cup final. Both Spain and the Netherlands will be fighting for control of the group, while Chile is a dangerous team that should not be overlooked.
3. Super Eagles Have a Chance
Nigeria is flying high after winning the 2013 African Cup of Nations. The Super Eagles have a very talented team and really get the most out of their players in major tournaments.
Beating Argentina may be a stretch, but they will be battling with Bosnia and Herzegovina for a second-place finish.
2. Battle of the Boateng Brothers
One of the more enticing narratives of the upcoming World Cup is the meeting of brothers Kevin-Prince and Jerome Boateng that's set to take place when Germany and Ghana meet in the group stage.
Both are German-Ghanian and could have played for either country. Each opted for a different nation, and we will get to see who prevails when the games begin this summer.
1. USA Gets the Group of Death
The United States seemed to have angered the World Cup gods and were drawn in the "group of death"
They will be up against tournament favorites Germany, as well as a Ghana team that beat them in the knockout rounds of the 2010 World Cup. No game in this group will be dull.