FIFA World Cup 2014 Draw: Groups A-H

For World Cup 2014, the draw was concluded in December to decide which groups the 32 teams would play in.

Groups A-H are as follows:

Group A
Brazil (A1)
Croatia (A2)
Mexico (A3)
Cameroon (A4)

Group B
Spain (B1)
Netherlands (B2)
Chile (B3)
Australia (B4)

Group C
Colombia (C1)
Greece (C2)
Ivory Coast (C3)
Japan (C4)

Group D
Uruguay (D1)
Costa Rica (D2)
England (D3)
Italy (D4)

Group E
Switzerland (E1)
Ecuador (E2)
France (E3)
Honduras (E4)

Group F
Argentina (F1)
Bosnia (F2)
Iran (F3)
Nigeria (F4)

Group G
Germany (G1)
Portugal (G2)
Ghana (G3)
USA (G4)

Group H
Belgium (H1)
Algeria (H2)
Russia (H3)
South Korea (H4)

Join us in the comments section below to discuss the World Cup groups.


57 thoughts on “FIFA World Cup 2014 Draw: Groups A-H”

    1. The first 30 minutes consisted of a short tribute to Mandela and a lot of “entertainment”.

      You didn’t miss any balls being drawn.

  1. Repost from the other thread…

    If you don’t want to bother with multiple talking heads or commercial interruptions, watch the unedited world feed.

    Don’t expect the final pot to be drawn until 12:45pm ET/9:45am PT at the earliest, as the “entertainment” tends to run longer than scheduled.

  2. Anyone know if we can watch the ESPN feed on the internet? is showing the World feed. I’d rather watch the ESPN analysts…. that is, the feed they have on television (but on the internet).

  3. Some of these groups are so unappealing in their compositions. Some are tough and others are weaker than humanly possible. I can’t see myself holding out to watch anything in Colombia’s group.

    1. Japan is getting stronger and stronger every Cup, I expect them to do well. Colombia is all the buzz, and Ivory Coast has a few class strikers and some good solid athletes. Will be an interesting mismatch against japan. I expect greece to take a few beatings.

      Think it will be good games, all teams eye an opening and will play for it.

      1. Why anyone would thumb my comment down I have no idea. That pending Nigeria-Iran game must be whetting your appetite right? I’m sure you’re holding out for Algeria-South Korea and Japan-Ivory Coast. This is part of the problem of the 32 team setup. Also seeding teams like Colombia, Switzerland and Belgium always provided a recipe for some dire groups.

        1. Typical Euro-American snob. We get it. You don’t want to watch Iran or Colombia or Nigeria. Good for you. However, some of us do.

          1. Oh piss off with your ‘Euro-American’ snob crap mate. I’m from New Zealand anyway. I bet you wouldn’t watch a run of the mill friendly between those sides. Good for you pal.

      1. Of course I don’t. Having only watched every WC since 1982 I’d consider myself a clueless amateur as well. I prefer quality over quantity. That’s all.

  4. If anything team USA got an even harder draw than England. Both teams will be lucky to make it out if their groups. I can’t see it happening.

  5. Great draw for Germany today. We got some ok teams. Fully expect 9 points from this group. Most likely us a d Portgual going through. I see Ronaldo beating up on the US and Ghana.

  6. I hope Roy takes a squad with 2016 in mind. Get some experience with the likes of Barkley, Morrison etc.. Go with youth and leave Lampard, Carrick and Cole at home.

        1. There was a 13 minute of madness spell…that was it, he was invisible first half, making Dawson look like an ass clown is standard for most opposition in the BPL, hardly defining for him, where has he been in other games like Man City at upton park.

          Barkley yes, Morrison No.

      1. Yeah, the way Morrison lost his rag the other day and the U/21 bust-up with Zaha proves he’s volatile. He’s no Rooney. He’ll be left home.

    1. Here is the only probably way that the USA could advance to the round of 16 (IMO).

      USA have to beat Ghana
      Germany beat Portugal
      USA-Portugal Tie
      Germany beat Ghana

      That sets up:

      I feel that if Germany is through to Rd16, and USA has 4 pts, they will play to a tie for both to advance. (FYI, Germany has done this in the past – 1978 WC Germany-Austria).

      Ghana and Portugal will need to tie.

      Will it happen? Who knows but that is the only scenario I see for the USA to advance.

  7. France getting an easy group…shocker!

    Both USA & ENG may have difficult groups & BS amazon location but at least the games will be great to watch. It’s the World Cup… If you’re in a tough group that just means more great games upfront.

    Why have a crap group & then go out v the first knockout round v a good game..

    I’m looking forward to some great games. USA v Germany & Portugal ! C’mon that’s great!

    As is ENG v Italy & Uruguay add to the fact it’s another European team we play against in the amazon is a good thing.

    It will be a great tournament !

    1. England-Italy – hmmmm. Well based on past WC’s, Italy plays back and defensive in the group stages. England has been playing a defensive game. Also England is weak at the forward/striker position.

      I think this game will be defensive with little offensive attacking action.

      1. I think England have 2
        good strikers, sturidge & if / when sturidge gets injured Rooney can play up top (as he did v Brazil in summer).

        Depth at that position is a problem…worse is the CB position…Jagielka & Cahill will be torn apart by Suarez, Cavani, Balotelli, Rossi etc…

        In the humidity of the Amazon, possession is gonna be king, chasing the ball in that situation will lead to a mauling. Perhaps Carrick will be on the plane after all.

  8. Could this be the year an African nation wins the World Cup? Nigeria? Ivory Coast? Ghana?

    The climate will be a huge factor…I would t be surprised to see Ivory Coast or Nigeria in a semi final.

    1. How close were Ghana to beating Uruguay…Luiz Suarez cheating denied a winning goal…

      I don’t think they’re as far away as you think. If these African nations can get their preparations right there’s no reason 1 African nation can’t reach a semi final.

    1. Okay, now that’s funny. I was just thinking how it’s almost a waste of an airplane ticket for the US, then I saw your comment (much better put). I’m surprised no one is talking about Belgium; that’s the team I see making one of the deepest runs with this setup.

  9. Tough draw for the USA. Worst case scenario happened unfortunately. I still think it’s possible the USA can get out of the group, but it’s going to be extremely tough. The bad part is if the USA is in a situation where they need to win to make it out of the group in the last game, they are facing Germany.

  10. I’m cool with the draw. I’d rather be in this group than with Spain and Holland. Looking at it from the USA’s perspective, Group G is certainly the easiest group to finish last, but it’s not impossible to advance. Although the travel is brutal, the USA couldn’t have hoped for a better sequence to play against these 3 teams. Ghana is going to thrive in the tournament in the heat and they will have an advantage with the typically short rest before matches 2 and 3. Germany will probably win both of their first two matches and be in a position where a draw will guarantee pole position in the group and an excellent matchup in the first KO round. Win 1 and draw 1 in the first two (unlikely, but not impossible) and the US might just grab the 5th point in the same way Portugal did back in 2010. Had the Ivory Coast played Brazil last, they advance from the group instead of Portugal.

  11. i’m really flabbergasted,because of some political instability of the Cameroon national team , many people in the world believed Cameroon is easy beatable team but i’m delighted with our group,specially the host nation then i’ll have to remind you people of 2003 again CAM 1 BRA 0 .Cameroon is going to make another history in the football of Africa again next . watch out the sleeping lion is up and he’s anxious to consume any flesh that comes his way.

  12. Group A is balanced too even if everyone sees Columbia as big favorites. Without Falcao they are not so tough. Not to mantion they were big favorites back in ’94 too and finished at the bottom of the group.

  13. The group of death Italy, England, Uruguay, Costa Rica. Costa Rica got qualified and now the game between Italy vs Uruguay is going to be superb.

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