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FIFA Organizing Committee approves new World Cup draw procedure

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The Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions has approved a new procedure for the 2018 World Cup draw.

Instead of the 32 teams being grouped by confederation, all 32 teams will be sorted into four pots of eight teams based on the October 2017 FIFA rankings. The hosts, Russia, and the top seven of the qualified nations will form the first pot.

USA Faces The Group of Death – Or Glory

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USA Faces The Group of Death Or Glory - originally posted on

It's been awhile, and there's still only two ways to look at the USA's World Cup draw, there's only two potential outcomes in Brazil: Death, or glory.

The natural and first reaction is that the draw was crushingly cruel to the USA.

Full Week: MLS Cup, World Cup Draw, and EPL – Soccer Yanks #26 recorded on 12/9/13

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After missing a week, we come back strong: MLS Cup Final was a great end cap to an exciting season, we throw out our early early World Cup predictions, and our usual EPL banter.

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World Cup Draw: England vs Suarez and Balotelli, Australia’s group of death and much more

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World Cup Draw: England vs Suarez and Balotelli, Australia's group of death and much more - originally posted on

The World Cup draw was completed today, with the groups decided for next summer's spectacle in Brazil.

There are a number of standout groups, with mouth-watering clashes galore, grudge matches and what is sure to be some scintillating action.

Pot X And The FIFA Games

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Pot X And The FIFA Games - originally posted on

FIFA have done it again. Just when everyone thought they had the World Cup Draw format figured out, Sepp Blatter, Michal Platini, and the bribe-accepting, cigar-smoking, ghost-whispering FIFA delegates pulled the rug out from under the feet of at least one poor European nation.

Fat Ronaldo: now available with captions

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Ronaldo's World Cup mood draw Poor old Fat Originaldo. He can't even before his dignitary duties without people poking fun at him. But if he was in need of a mid-World Cup snack we can recommend the Turkey or a bowl of Chile. Spotted on Pies

Nice gag, Charlize

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Charlize Theron pulls Irelands name out of the hat!

Prankster Charlize Theron shares a gag with David Beckham and Jerome Valcke during rehearsals for the 2010 World Cup draw in Cape Town recently (sorry Ireland!).

The Group of Life

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So here is the draw in full...

Group A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France
Group B: Argentina, South Korea, Nigeria, Greece,
Group C: England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia
Group D: Germany, Australia, Ghana, Serbia
Group E: Holland, Japan, Cameroon, Denmark,
Group F: Italy, New Zealand, Paraguay, Slovakia
Group G: Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Portugal
Group H: Spain, Honduras, Chile, Switzerland.

World Cup Draw 2010

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The dust has finally settled on FIFA's World Cup 2010 draw and we now know which teams will play in which groups during the First Round of next year's competition. And it was quite some draw – all of the groups had an interesting angle or a talking point to ignite the excitement and anticipation.

Let's explore that fevered expectancy now as we take a whistle-stop review of the eight groups that will demand our undivided attention in 2010.

The Puck Strikes Back: World Cup Draw

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Excellent news soccer fans, the draw for next summer's World Cup has finally been announced. Here are some of my quick thoughts from the draw. 1)Â The US got one of the best possible draws we could have hoped for. While watching the... Read more

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World Cup Draw Update

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The groups have been drawn and are as follows:

Group A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France

Group B: Argentina, Nigeria, South Korea, Greece

Group C: England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia

Group D: Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana

Group E: Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon

Group F: Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia

Group G: Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Portugal

Group H: Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile

Take your pick of places to check out guides to the group stages from English media, American media, or the Official FIFA World Cup site.

World Cup Draw Thoughts

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Charlize Theron reacts to South Africa being drawn into Group A. (Getty Images)

The draw is over and now the time has begun for the endless talk and analysis of each group for the next six months. Yes the World Cup is miles away from today's draw but we know now a lot of what could go on next summer in South Africa.

World Cup Draw

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I've just had the non-pleasure of watching the World Cup Draw fiasco. Did the organisers hire the EuroVision management team to put this together? If it wasn't Charlize Theron looking like a witless twit, it was some other joker speaking out of tune without his mic on.

Anyway, England will be in the same group as the USA, Algeria and Slovenia.

South Africa 2010: The Final Draw as it happens

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We know the 32 teams that will make up the World Cup in South Africa. We already know which group South Africa will go to. Today we will find out the destinations of the other 31 teams.

Simulating the World Cup draw

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Last night I tweeted that I was writing a Monte Carlo simulation of the World Cup draw in order to evaluate more effectively the chances of a decent draw for the USA and the other CONCACAF representatives. Well I finally finished it and I present it on my Soccermetrics site. I'll post a link when I wake up.

WC Draw Watch Party TODAY

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Don't forget, today is the WC Final Draw watch party. See you at the Plaza 810 Zone starting at 11 a.m. CT for free apps and sweet giveaways. More info:

wDuring the Final Draw, one team from each of four "pots" will be selected Friday to make up eight four-team groups for next summer's FIFA World Cupâ„¢.

World Cup Draw Today – Who Will England Get?

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The World Cup draw will be made today at 5pm and we will be posting live news of the draw as it happens later this evening. England are amongst the top seeds for the draw, but there is still a slight chance that they can be given a very tough draw, with USA and Portugal two possible opponents. Lets hope for a nice easy draw to begin with!

Dexy’s 2010 World Cup draw preview part 2

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(In association with The Fédération Internationale de Football Association aka Crooks Inc)

Right, where were we? Oh yeah, pots 2 and 3, plenty of outsiders here but there are always one team who surprise. Let's roll them out! Don't forget to check out part 1

Pot 2 (Oceania and North/Central America

The Ozzies are in the mix again and I'd rather we avoid them early doors.

World Cup Mock Draw

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Everyone is doing it so why not. I even went as far as putting all the pots together and drawing out each country one-by-one, though with paper and not little plastic balls. Since this is pure guess work its probably far from what will actually happen tomorrow afternoon.

So here we go.

What the 2010 World Cup Draw Means To Me

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On Twitter last night, I asked readers last night two questions: One, were they excited about Friday's World Cup Draw and two, was this the first one they were going to experience?

The answer to the first question was an enthusiastic yes. People are extremely excited. And the answer to the second question was mixed.

Noticias : Cheating, Awkward Twins & Memories…

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So a sad day has come, and according to reliable sources in Argentina, Gianinna and Kun Aguero have officially parted ways. Kun has already packed his bags and left the family home following allegations that he cheated on his wife with a dancer. So it isn't just Tiger Woods who should be avoiding the feminism society these days!

World Cup Draw Watch Party

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We will host a 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Draw watch party Friday at the Sports Radio 810 Zone on the Country Club Plaza from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. CT. The first 100 fans will be granted FREE access to an appetizer buffet, and all fans in attendance will have the opportunity to win some sweet door prizes.

England are Top Seeds. Just.

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So FIFA officially unveiled its Seeding system for Friday's exciting/terrifying World Cup Draw, and England will be top seeds. This means we can't be drawn against the other seeds, Spain, Brazil, Holland, Italy, Argentina Germany or um, South Africa.

Apparently it was only just if FIFA had taken the Playoffs into account, France would have jumped us.

If it happened…

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As part of Maradona's two month ban for his, uh, orally themed tirade after Argentina qualified for the World Cup, he is not allowed to participate in or even attend any FIFA events, including things like Friday's draw. To be sure this was absolutely clear, FIFA even went so far as to write to the Argentinian Football Federation just to remind them of this.

World Cup Pots Announced

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FIFA announced today that, for Friday's World Cup draw. Previous pot predictions had France in the top pot over the Netherlands. Had FIFA gone with rankings after October France would have been in the top pot over England.

The US has been seeded in Pot 2 along with the rest of the CONCACAF teams and Asian teams.


Some post-draw thoughts

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I scrambled to get that post about the draw out earlier, so I thought I'd come back after sitting on it for a while and offer a few more post-draw thoughts.

-I don't think the US could have asked for a much better draw than the one they got. And yes, I am including the possibility of drawing South Africa.

The Ideal Draw

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Now that our rant about the draw is out of the way, it's time to get pumped! The Cup is near and the draw is here! There isn't much going on this morning before the draw, so et's take some time to look at the pots and discuss what we would/would not like to see this afternoon.


Our opponent out of Pot 1 is going to be difficult no matter who we draw.

World Cup 2010

World Cup 2010 Draw Liveblogtacular.

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World Cup 2010 Draw Liveblogtacular.

World Cup Draw Today at Noon Eastern Time

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That's right, Charlize Theron will have the footie world's balls in her hands today as she co-hosts the World Cup 2010 draw. The action is being covered in a live text format by all of the big news sites. The BBC coverage has plenty of content and updates quickly. Or ESPN2 viewers can watch it live on TV.

World Cup Draw

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The World Cup Draw begins today, and it's a massive day for soccer fans around the world. If you're not near a TV set, at work or want to share your opinions about the World Cup Draw, be sure to visit the World Cup 2010 Draw Live Blog on EPL Talk (beginning at Noon ET/9am PT/5pm GMT) or the 2010 World Cup Draw Live Blog on MLS Talk (beginning at Noon ET/9am PT/5pm GMT).

Where To Find The World Cup 2010 Draw On TV

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The draw for the 2010 World Cup begins today, but where can you find it on television to see the drama unfold and find out which group your team will be playing in?

  • If you live in the United States, you can watch the draw live on ESPN2 beginning at Noon ET.

World Cup 2010 Draw: What Are You Hoping For?

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Don't know if you heard, but the draw for World Cup 2010 happens today in Cape Town, South Africa. Judging by my TV schedule, FIFA are set to make the relatively simple process of picking balls out of pots last something like three hours. But no point complaining. Better to just dive in and enjoy.

Daily Dose 12.03.09

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Some news to read as you reflect on the sex lives of Sven, Roy Keane and Phil Brown. (Or: Fake interviews at their best) (via 101 Great Goals) Lost in translation: The real reason Ireland won't be in South Africa (Studs Up) Don't tell the WAG wannabes, but Portsmouth players didn't get paid in November [.

World Cup Seeding Announced – Pot 1 should be terrified!

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Today FIFA announced the 8 teams that will be seeded for the World Cup. If you had been browsing the English news lately, you might have seen a few articles preemptively criticizing FIFA for putting France in pot #1 for the World Cup draw (pot #1 contains the only seeded teams + the tournament host).

The Rest

All look at the final field for the 2018 World Cup

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World Cup Qualifying officially ended Wednesday night when Peru knocked off New Zealand, 2-0, to seal the final open place in Russia.

All 32 qualified teams have been broken up into four pots for the group stage draw, which takes place at The Kremlin on Dec. 1. The first pot features Russia, as the host nation, and the top seven teams in the tournament based on their FIFA ranking.

USMNT Roundtable: Apocalypse, now?

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Dammit (image:

Is USMNT's World Cup over before it begins? OTF's roundtablers consider what it will take for the Yanks to be considered successful next summer...

So, that happened. USMNT is in the toughest second-toughest group for the 2014 World Cup.

FIFA's folly as Groups of Death beckon

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2014 World Cup Draw Friday 13:00 local time (17:00 GMT), Costa do Sauipe, Brazil.
Ah World Cup draws, those ersatz episodes when FIFA tries to do showbiz.
It was not always thus. The blazers and ties of bigwigs and bureaucrats sufficed for years.
Remember the Spain '82 draw when the little matadors and flamencistas took the wrong balls from the wrong urns - some groups were bigger than others.

SPAOTP's Advent Calendar: Day 4

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The fourth day of SPAOTP's Advent Calendar brings some light relief in the form of a dream I had last night. It went something like this...

And just to confirm, here are the answers to yesterday's quiz questions for you:

1) Failing a dope test
2) The ball burst in both finals
3) Pele
4) The ribbons in the colours of the losing team
5) Not turning up

More fun and hilarity tomorrow.

World Cup Draw: Sepp Blatter Provides Detailed Instructions

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