I want to take a break for a minute from the whirlwind Premier League season to remind everyone that the World Cup Draw is happening this Friday, December 4th, and will be televised live around the world.

For soccer fans, it’s one of the most exciting days every four years as the fate of the 32 teams competing in the 2010 World Cup are decided when we find out which groups the countries will be playing in.

And then there’s always The Group Of Death. The group that pundits and fans spend thousands of hours lamenting over and trying to figure out which two teams will progress to the next round. Who will be in the Group Of Death this time around? We’ll have to wait until Friday to find out.

To promote The Group Of Death and ESPN’s coverage of the World Cup Draw, ESPN overnighted a package to me late last week which included several items of interest to soccer fans. Rather than describe what was inside, I decided to open the package in front of the video camera so you can join in the excitement of seeing what was inside. Click the above video to watch what happened.

After you’ve watched the video, keep on reading this. In the next few weeks, I’ll outline more details about the daily coverage you can expect to see from the websites, podcasts and videos in conjunction with the EPL Talk Network of sites (all nine including this one) as we bring you coverage from around the world about the 2010 World Cup.

But before I go, I do want to make sure you know that we just launched our World Cup Shirts store where you can buy World Cup jerseys for your favorite team. And everything is 100% official merchandise. So if you or your loved one are shopping on this “Cyber Monday” or in the next few weeks for holiday presents, head over to the World Cup Shirts store for the best selection.