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World Cup 2014: Intriguing Group Stage Scenarios
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The eight World Cup groups will be revealed Friday, Dec. 6. The live draw will be broadcast worldwide as fans in the 32 competing nations learn of their opponents for next summer’s showpiece.

Beyond the hope and despair that will greet the outcome, the arrangement of the teams into groups will likely throw up several fascinating matchups and numerous intriguing subplots.

These may come in the form of long-awaited rematches, big-name ties between international giants or the reunion of old team-mates who still guard lingering, smouldering resentment.

The nature of the seedings means that at least one Group of Death is on the cards, but will any teams benefit from being placed in a Group of Life?

This editorial presents some intriguing World Cup draws that could potentially become reality. While every competing team has been featured in this article, the outcomes are mutually exclusive—not all of these alternative suggestions can come to pass!

Comment down below and let us know what you think of these World Cup scenarios. Also, have a go at the ESPN World Cup draw simulator and reveal how you hope to see things work out.

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