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World Cup Draw Date 2014: Start Time, Live Stream Info and Expectations

COSTA DO SAUIPE, BAHIA - DECEMBER 04:  Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo speaks during a press conference during a media day ahead of the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup at Costa do Sauipe Resort on December 4, 2013 in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 6, 2013

The World Cup 2014 draw will commence on Friday from Brazil, site of next summer's global spectacle.

The 32 qualified nations have already been separated into four different pots based on the FIFA World Ranking and region. Friday's highly anticipated event will determine the eight four-team groups set to kick off action in Brazil next June. 

The dramatic selection process represents that last major World Cup 2014 event before the opening ceremonies six months from now. 

Here we'll get you ready with everything you need to know for Friday's draw.

 

Date: Friday, December 6, 2013

Start Time: 11 a.m. ET, 4 p.m. GMT (1 p.m. local time)

Where: Costa do Sauípe Resort in Mata de São João, Bahia, Brazil

Live Stream: ESPN3.com

 

What to Expect

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 15:  Neymar of Brazil celebrates scoring his team's opening goal during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Brazil and Japan at National Stadium on June 15, 2013 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Dean Mouhta
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Any nation outside of Pot 1 is going to have to overcome the odds if they are to win their group next June. And with so many threatening squads having qualified, there are sure to be several loaded groups.

Plus, with World Cup 2010 runners-up Holland having missed out on Pot 1, they're likely to wind up in a "Group of Death" with one of the top seeded squads and another dangerous unseeded European team from Pot 4. There are nine unseeded European teams in Pot 4 at the moment, but one will be selected at random to be put into Pot 2 in order to ensure that each pot contains eight nations.

One nation from each of the four pots will be drawn to form a single four-team group. The process will continue until all eight groups are complete. 

Here's a look at the current makeup of the four pots:

World Cup 2014 Draw
Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4
BrazilAlgeriaAustraliaBosnia-Herzegovina
ArgentinaCameroonIranCroatia
ColombiaIvory CoastJapanEngland
UruguayGhanaSouth KoreaFrance
BelgiumNigeriaCosta RicaGreece
GermanyChileHondurasItaly
SpainEcuadorMexicoHolland
SwitzerlandUnited StatesPortugal
Russia
FIFA.com

Group A will automatically feature host nation Brazil, but could potentially become the Group of Death with Mexico, United States, Italy, England, Portugal and other powerhouses in the mix. If one of Pot 3's most dangerous teams lands in an already loaded group, two of the world's best teams could be headed home before the knockout stage. 

Chile, Ivory Coast and Ghana are Pot 3's most talented squads. 

Keep in mind that whichever unseeded European team is drawn into Pot 2 before the draw will wind up in a group with one of the four South American teams from Pot 1. On top of that, no South American teams can be in the same group and no more than two European teams can occupy the same group. 

With a seemingly endless amount of possibilities, all that's left to do is watch it all unfold. 

 

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