The eight groups for the World Cup will be drawn Friday morning (I’ll be hosting a live chat during the 8:30-10:30 a.m. ESPN2 broadcast if you want to come join).
FIFA confirmed the pots for the draw Tuesday, and there were no surprises.
Note: One of the teams from Pot 4 will end up in Pot 2, but no group will feature three European teams.
Group 1 (host, top seeds): Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Switzerland, Uruguay
Group 2 (Africa, rest of South America): Algeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Chile, Ecuador
Group 3 (North America, Central America, Asia): Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, USA
Group 4 (Europe): Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia
Also, pictured in this post is the Adidas ball for the World Cup, called “brazuca”. Here is a video ad of the ball in action, featuring Messi among other world stars.