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Caput Mundi

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World Cup 2014: The draw
« on: November 24, 2013, 09:34:22 AM »

http://espnfc.com/news/story/_/id/1624463/world-cup-2014-draw-simulator?cc=3436

So the 32 teams are decided but what sort of groups would you like to see drawn. Given this is an incredibly strong lineup of nations, there are bound to be three or four what would normally be termed groups of death. The weakest teams could probably be considered Honduras, Australia and Algeria and they aren't anywhere near as bad as the worst teams in past tournaments, so we're set for a great Cup, as the draw simulator above will show.

The strange seedings also mean we could end up with some local 'derbies' as far as the European nations go (Spain v Portugal, Belgium v Netherlands, France v Italy, Germany v Italy, Netherlands v Germany as well as the usual England v Argentina).

For Australia, I don't hold out much hope of progress so I'd love us to draw Uruguay and bring that old rivalry into a new era, England, because England v Australia is huge in anything, or alternatively Greece, so all the Greeks in Australia can enjoy the conundrums that the Italians and Croats did in 2006.  :supsmile:

For Italy, I've been champing at the bit for another crack at South Korea on fair territory.

Anyone got a wish, death or otherwise?
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Re: World Cup 2014: The draw
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2013, 12:22:18 PM »

Group of death:

Brazil - Netherlands - France - Mexico

Argentina - Italy - Chile - Japan

Those two groups would be pretty crazy

Out of pot 4, the good teams are Mexico and Japan. The other teams really shouldn't be able to get through the group stage, in my opinion at least
« Last Edit: November 24, 2013, 12:28:48 PM by ilsemprelaziale »
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Re: World Cup 2014: The draw
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2013, 01:09:00 PM »

 Wich teams are at pot 4,who is in pot 3 ?
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Re: World Cup 2014: The draw
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2013, 11:13:27 PM »

http://espnfc.com/news/story/_/id/1624463/world-cup-2014-draw-simulator?cc=5901

I used this simulator and got:
Group A- Brazil, Australia, Ghana and England
Group B- Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Honduras
Group C- Belgium, USA, Nigeria, Croatia
Group D- Colombia, Russia, Japan, Nigeria
Group E- Switzerland, Ecuador, Bosnia-Herzegovina, South Korea
Group F- Argentina, France, Portugal, Mexico (group of death in my opinion)
Group G- Germany, Cote d'Ivoire, Italy, Iran
Group H- Uruguay, Costa Rica, Cameroon, Greece
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Re: World Cup 2014: The draw
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2013, 01:17:13 AM »

I'm just looking at that ESPN simulator page and wondering how Pot 1 is determined. This Pot is already official as the 8 teams in it are all seeded. Colombia, Belgium and Switzerland are all in Pot 1, and with no disrespect to them as I think they are all quality sides and can cause a few upsets in Brazil, but why are they in that at the expense of sides like Italy and the Netherlands (both in Pot 2)?
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Re: World Cup 2014: The draw
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2013, 10:30:01 AM »

Bobbi, the pots are decided from the FIFA ranks and the top 8 teams there are Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Uruguay and Switzerland. Both Belgium and Switzerland are in great form in the past couple of years - both of the teams have no more then 2 lost games for these 2 years which is amazing. Colombia are also in great shape. The Netherlands are out of pot 1 because of Brazil - they are the hosts of the tournament and are automatically drawn into pot 1 and Holland were 8th in FIFA's rankings. Italy were in top 8 for a while but their recent bad results cost them a place in pot 1.
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Re: World Cup 2014: The draw
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2013, 01:19:24 PM »

Tried to use the simulator to manually create what I think would be a killer tournament that would produce a competitive knockout stage. Coincidentally, I think Chris might like the draw, but I'd love nothing more to see Group F happen.

Group A: Brazil, Bosnia, Algeria, Costa Rica
Group B: Switzerland, Russia, Chile, Mexico
Group C: Colombia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Honduras
Group D: Uruguay, Portugal, Ghana, Australia
Group E: Germany, Croatia, Ecuador, Iran
Group F: Argentina, England, France, Japan
Group G: Belgium, Italy, Cameroon, South Korea,
Group H: Spain, Greece, Cote D'Ivoire, USA
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Re: World Cup 2014: The draw
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2013, 03:00:36 PM »

:ohnoo: I did several of these draws on the simulator and only got one group that I think England would qualify from! That had Switzerland, Algeria and Honduras!
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Re: World Cup 2014: The draw
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2013, 12:53:03 AM »

:ohnoo: I did several of these draws on the simulator and only got one group that I think England would qualify from! That had Switzerland, Algeria and Honduras!

E-A-S-....H (Y).
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Re: World Cup 2014: The draw
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2013, 01:49:18 PM »

 We will have at least one group of death.
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