World Cup Groups 2014: Twitter Reacts to FIFA Drawing

Tim KeeneyContributor IDecember 6, 2013

COSTA DO SAUIPE, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 06:  FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke holds up the name of Germany 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)
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All that stands between now and Brazil is time, speculation and debate. 

The last major step in preparation for the 2014 World Cup was completed on Friday, as the 32 qualified countries were given their fate by the all-important group draw. 

And as ESPN's Paul Carr noted, there were hundreds of different directions the draw could have taken everyone involved:

Here's a look at where each nation stands, via Bleacher Report:

Photo courtesy of Bleacher Report

Photo courtesy of Bleacher Report

Of course, revealing the fate of every country wasn't exactly easy. Before the actual draw took place, there was an extensive and extravagant show that paved the way for plenty of jokes. 

The Telegraph's Henry Winter used the pre-show as an avenue to take a shot at controversial FIFA president Sepp Blatter:

CBS Sports' Matt Norlander provided a terrific snapshot of the unique scene:

Argentina landing in Group F was important for the South American squad because, as Yahoo! Sports' Martin Rogers pointed out, it means they get a game in Porto Alegre:

Meanwhile, ESPN's Grant Wahl took an early look ahead at what could potentially become one half of the Round of 16:

ESPN Stats and Info noted the impressive history in Group D once Italy was drawn out of "Pot X" and joined Uruguay:

That group became even more formidable once England entered the fray, and as Carr pointed out following the draw, it is the only one with multiple World Cup winners:

Opta Sports' Twitter account points out more bad news for the Three Lions:

After Mexico was placed with the hosts in Group A, that same Twitter account gave us the head-to-head record between the two squads, including a recent match:

The Americans weren't happy with their draw when they landed in Group G with Germany and Ghana. ESPN gave goalkeeper Tim Howard's reaction:

That reaction probably wasn't nearly as reserved when Howard found he would have to face Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal, as well. Sports Illustrated's Bryan Armen Graham gave the Americans a simple "good luck":

Carr gives the early odds for each side to advance out of the difficult group:

Of course, Group B is certainly no slouch, either, as the very first match features a rematch of 2010's World Cup final between Spain and Netherlands. South American side Chile should also not be underestimated, especially on its own continent:

With everything now set, all eyes turn to Brazil. Only 188 days to go.