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World Cup Draw LIVE UPDATES: 32 Teams Hoping For Favorable Matchups, Locations

12/06/2013 10:32 am ET | Updated Dec 06, 2013

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) — The eyes of soccer focused nervously Friday on the draw to determine where, when and, most important, who the 32 teams will play at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The ceremony is being televised live to more than 190 countries from the Atlantic beach resort of Costa do Sauipe, with a security lockdown for the 1,300 guests and 2,000 reporters.

The draw will divide the 32 teams into eight groups — labeled A to H — of four teams each. The principle of pulling names from hats has been used by the governing body FIFA for decades and was first televised in 1966.

The 90-minute show will be part showbiz, with musical performances, and part World Cup practicality. The draw itself will take about 35 minutes.

The buzz of anticipation touched even Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff. She sent tweets to Neymar, asking the star of Brazil's national team if he wanted weak or strong opponents from the outset of the monthlong tournament next June. He replied that there are no weak teams at soccer's showcase competition.

The field is tougher than at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Of the top 25 teams in FIFA's rankings, all but two (Ukraine and Denmark) qualified for Brazil. All eight previous world champions will take part, with five-time winner Brazil desperate to lift the trophy at home for the first time.

With the world title at stake and because of soccer's rich and deep sporting, historical and political rivalries, the transparent bowls holding the teams' names were bound to produce alluring matchups.

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GROUP H

Belgium

Algeria

Russia

Korea Republic

12/06/2013 12:25 PM EST

GROUP G

Germany

Portugal

Ghana

USA

12/06/2013 12:25 PM EST

GROUP F

Argentina

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Iran

Nigeria

12/06/2013 12:24 PM EST

GROUP E

Switzerland

Ecuador

France

Honduras

12/06/2013 12:24 PM EST

GROUP D

Uruguay

Costa Rica

England

Italy

12/06/2013 12:22 PM EST

GROUP C

Colombia

Greece

Côte d'Ivoire

Japan

12/06/2013 12:22 PM EST

GROUP B

Spain

Netherlands

Chile

Australia

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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter arrives for 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 Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

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After all the qualifying matches and playoffs, the draw for the 2014 World Cup is upon us. Who will find themselves in the Group Of Death? Who will end up with a favorable draw?

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After all the qualifying matches and playoffs, the draw for the 2014 World Cup is upon us. Who will find themselves in the Group Of Death? Who will end up with a favorable draw?

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Will Brazil be paired in a tough opening group that could sink its campaign for a sixth World Cup victory, souring the tournament costing the nation nearly $11 billion?

Could defending champion Spain be drawn to play its opening game against the Netherlands? That repeat of the ill-tempered 2010 final would cause sharp intakes of breath.

Because of their intense individual duel to be considered the world's best soccer player, there also will be waves of excitement if the Argentina team of four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi is drawn against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal.

Depending on how they are drawn, some teams will travel considerably further than others in the world's fifth-largest country, which is more than 2,500 miles from tip to toe and across. Some will have to play in the heat and humidity of the Amazon basin, with Manaus in the heart of the jungle considered among the most physically taxing venues for players, especially those from more moderate climes. None of the previous seven World Cups held in the Americas, starting with the first edition in Uruguay in 1930, was won by a European team.

Bosnia-Herzegovina will get its first taste of the tension of a World Cup draw, having qualified as an independent nation two decades after its war that killed more than 100,000 people. Other nations are old hands: Seven have qualified for each of the last seven World Cups — Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Spain and the United States.

The ceremony will also showcase the host nation. To demonstrate that it has more to offer than sandy beaches, samba and soccer, Brazil has built and renovated 12 stadiums and poured billions more into other public works.

Such expenditure in a country with millions living in third-world poverty has sparked vigorous debate, especially with Olympic host Rio de Janeiro also spending heavily to prepare for the summer games of 2016. Protesters who poured into Brazil's streets during the Confederations Cup warmup tournament in June listed World Cup spending among their grievances.

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