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Thursday 18 December 2014

Live: 2014 Fifa World Cup finals draw

COSTA DO SAUIPE, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 06:  FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke holds up the name of England during the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 6, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
COSTA DO SAUIPE, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 06: FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke holds up the name of England during the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 6, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
COSTA DO SAUIPE, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 06: Margareth Menezes and Olodum perform on stage after the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 6, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 06: People watch the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil as it is played on a television at a bar on December 6, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Host nation Brazil will face Croatia in the opening match on June 12th. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
COSTA DO SAUIPE, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 06: Margareth Menezes and Olodum perform on stage after the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 6, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
COSTA DO SAUIPE, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 06: England manager Roy Hodgson speaks to members of the media after the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 6, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
HERZOGENAURACH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 06: Brazuca match balls for the FIFA World Cup 2014 lie in a rack on December 6, 2013 in Scheinfeld near Herzogenaurach, Germany. Brazuca is the Official Match Ball for the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Getty Images for adidas)
COSTA DO SAUIPE, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 06: Draw assistants Sir Geoff Hurst walks past Zinedine Zidane and Fabio Cannavaro during the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 6, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Pele speaks to the crowd during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Draw at the Costa Do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 06: Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari speaks to members of the media after the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 6, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
The FIFA World Cup Trophy during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Draw at the Costa Do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil.
Former French footballer Zinedine Zidane (left) shakes hands with Former Italian footballer Fabio Cannavaro during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Draw at the Costa Do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil.
Former Brazilian player Bebeto with Mascot Fuleco during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Draw at the Costa Do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil.
Former Brazilian soccer great Ronaldo stands on the stage during the draw ceremony for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Costa do Sauipe near Salvador, Brazil, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Dancers perform on stage during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Draw at the Costa Do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 06: England manager Roy Hodgson attends the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 6, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
COSTA DO SAUIPE, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 06: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque speaks to members of the media after the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 6, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
COSTA DO SAUIPE, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 06: A tribute to Nelson Mandela is displayed on a screen on stage before the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 6, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
COSTA DO SAUIPE, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 06: England manager Roy Hodgson and FA Chairman Greg Dyke attend the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 6, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
COSTA DO SAUIPE, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 06: England manager Roy Hodgson arrives with FA Chairman Greg Dyke for the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 6, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Costa Do Sauipe in Brazil, where the FIFA 2014 World Cup Draw is taking place.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 06: England manager Roy Hodgson arrives with FA Chairman Greg Dyke and FA Group Communications Director Adrian Bevington for the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 6, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
COSTA DO SAUIPE, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 06: Pele waves as he arrives for the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 6, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
COSTA DO SAUIPE, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 06: Russia coach Fabio Capello arrives for the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 6, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
COSTA DO SAUIPE, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 06: Germany coach Joachim Loew speaks to members of the media next to Russia coach Fabio Capello (L) arrives for the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 6, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
COSTA DO SAUIPE, BAHIA - DECEMBER 05: Former Argentina footballer Juan Pablo Sorin speaks to members of the media ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Draw at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 5, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

The 2014 Fifa World Cup finals draw takes place at 5pm at the Costa do Sauipe resort in Brazil on Friday. As the action kicks off, here's how the draw will be conducted.

The 32 countries will be split into four pots, and drawn into eight groups each containing four teams.

Pot One is the top seeds: Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.

Pot Two contains the unseeded South American countries and the qualifiers from Africa: Algeria, Cameroon, Chile, Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Ghana and Nigeria.

Pot Three is the teams from North and Central America plus Asia: Australia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, United States.

Pot Four contains the nine unseeded European teams: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Greece, Italy, Holland, Portugal, Russia.

 

 

At the start of the draw, one European team from Pot Four will be selected at random and added to Pot Two to make it eight countries in each pot.

The four seeded South American teams will be put into a temporary pot (Pot X) and the European team from Pot Two will be drawn in the same group as one of them.

The draw will then proceed with Pot One being emptied and the teams allocated to position one in the Groups A-H in turn.

Pots Two, Three and Four will then be emptied in order but no South American teams can be in the same group, and a maximum of two European teams are permitted per group.

Teams from Pots Two, Three and Four will have their positions in the group drawn randomly.

 

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