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FIFA Confirms World Cup Pots

FIFA on Tuesday officially announced the pots for the 2014 World Cup draw, which takes place Friday in Brazil. Pot 1 consists of the tournament’s top eight seeds, which includes host Brazil and the top seven teams in the world according to FIFA’s ranking system: Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and Uruguay. Pot 2 contains the five teams from Africa, as well as Chile and Ecuador from South America. Pot 3 has the four teams from Asia and the four teams from North and Central America, including the USA. Pot 4 contains nine teams from Europe.

Since Pot 2 only has seven teams and Pot 4 has nine teams, FIFA is introducing a “Pot X” which will randomly place one of the European teams into Pot 2 so that all pots have eight teams. Each of the South American seeded teams in Pot 1 (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay) will then be drawn alongside the Pot X team from Europe to ensure that no group contains more than two European teams. Chile and Ecuador from Pot 2 will then be withdrawn from the Pot X grouping so that no two South American teams will be drawn into the same group.

The full list is as follows:

Pot 1:

  • Brazil (Pot X)
  • Spain
  • Argentina (Pot X)
  • Colombia (Pot X)
  • Switzerland
  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • Uruguay (Pot X)

Pot 2:

  • Ghana
  • Cameroon
  • Ivory Coast
  • Algeria
  • Nigeria
  • Chile
  • Ecuador
  • European Team X

Pot 3:

  • United States
  • Mexico
  • Honduras
  • Costa Rica
  • Iran
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Australia

Pot 4:

  • England
  • Netherlands
  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Croatia
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Greece
  • France

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