2014 World Cup Draw: Breaking Down Potential Group of Death Scenarios

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2013

BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 15:  Oscar of Brazil in action during the international friendly match between Brazil and Zambia at Beijing National Stadium on October 15, 2013 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
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With the World Cup draw approaching on Dec. 6 from Bahia, Brazil, nothing is more exciting for neutral fans—and more frightening for fans with specific rooting interests—than the fabled Group of Death. And the 2014 World Cup could potentially have more than one, with squads like Switzerland, Belgium and Colombia crashing the Pot 1 party.

That means that teams like Italy and the Netherlands, for example, will be paired with Pot 1 teams at this year's World Cup. Germany and the Netherlands? Brazil and Italy?

Oh, the sweet, sweet possibilities. 

With so many countries so utterly terrified of the possible group selection—let's be honest, a very good team can see its chances drastically diminished by a poor draw, while fringe contenders like the United States can see the all-important entry into the knockout phase utterly denied—it seems only fitting to go through the possible Group of Death scenarios.

SANDY, UT - JULY 13: Landon Donovan #10 of the United States plays during a game against Cuba during the first half of an CONCACAF Gold Cup match March July 13, 2013 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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Here are the likely pots that will determine the groups, via Nick Harris of the Daily Mail Online:

  1. Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Uruguay, Colombia
  2. Japan, Iran, South Korea, Australia, the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras
  3. Chile, Ecuador, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon and France
  4. England, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Bosnia, Croatia and Russia

Just take a look at some of the nightmare groups that could take place given the draw. Here's the first combination of terror:

  1. Either Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay or Colombia
  2. Either Japan, the United States or Mexico
  3. France or the Ivory Coast
  4. Either England, Holland, Italy or Portgual

Here's another frightening possibility:

  1. Either Spain, Germany or Belgium
  2. Either Japan, the United States or Mexico
  3. Chile or the Ivory Coast
  4. England, Holland, Italy or Portugal

I mean, just imagine some of the possibilities. A group with Brazil, the United States, France and Italy. Or how about Argentina, Mexico, the Ivory Coast and Holland? 

Imagine how competitive a group with Spain, Japan, Chile and Portugal would be. Or what about Germany, the United States, the Ivory Coast and England?

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In this scenario, the most stacked possible group would likely be Brazil, the United States, France and Holland. And you could still have a group with Spain, Mexico, Chile and Italy to pair with that one. 

Two Group of Deaths in one World Cup?

We should be so lucky.


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