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UPDATE: World Cup draw complete with champion Spain playing Netherlands

Published: Friday December 6, 2013 | 1:27 pm Comments 0
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke holds the ticket of Spain during the draw ceremony for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Costa do Sauipe near Salvador, Brazil today. – AP
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke holds the ticket of Spain during the draw ceremony for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Costa do Sauipe near Salvador, Brazil today. – AP
Former soccer great and World Cup winner Cafu from Brazil holds the ticket of Brazil during the draw ceremony for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Costa do Sauipe near Salvador, Brazil today. – AP
Former soccer great and World Cup winner Cafu from Brazil holds the ticket of Brazil during the draw ceremony for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Costa do Sauipe near Salvador, Brazil today. – AP
Bowls with the lots stand on the stage during the draw ceremony for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Costa do Sauipe near Salvador, Brazil today. – File
Bowls with the lots stand on the stage during the draw ceremony for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Costa do Sauipe near Salvador, Brazil today. – File

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP):

Defending champion Spain will play its opening World Cup game against the Netherlands, a repeat of the 2010 final.


The United States was drawn into the group with Germany, Portugal and Ghana.

Brazil starts its campaign for a sixth World Cup title with an opener against Croatia.

Mexico and Cameroon are also in the group.

Bosnia-Herzegovina, the only World Cup newcomer among the 32 teams, plays its opener against Argentina.

Iran and Nigeria were also drawn in that Group F.

Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan are in Group C, with Uruguay, Costa Rica, England and Italy in a strong Group D.

One of the easiest groups on paper looked to be E, with Switzerland, Ecuador, France and Honduras.

Russia, host of the next World Cup, is in Group H with Belgium, Algeria and Korea.

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