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FIFA Overhauls World Cup Seeding System

The top seeds for the 2014 World Cup will be host Brazil and the seven highest ranked teams according to FIFA’s October rankings, which will be published sometime in the middle of November. The current top seven international teams are Spain, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Colombia, Belgium and Uruguay. Brazil will be the eighth top seed. FIFA said the other three pots in the 32-team tournament will be determined by “geographic and sports criteria.” Previously, FIFA weighed teams’ performance in previous World Cups as part of its seeding system, instead of relying solely on its rankings. 

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