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France heave sigh of relief at 2014 World Cup draw

© Photo: AFP

Text by Joseph BAMAT

Latest update : 2013-12-06

France are slated to play Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras at next year’s World Cup in Brazil, while title holders Spain face a rematch of their 2010 final against the Netherlands.

THE 8 GROUPS OF THE 2014 WORLD CUP

GROUP A
Brazil
Croatia
Mexico
Cameroon

GROUP B
Spain
Netherlands
Chile
Australia

GROUP C
Colombia
Greece
Ivory Coast
Japan

GROUP D
Uruguay
Costa Rica
England
Italy

GROUP E
Switzerland
Ecuador
France
Honduras

GROUP F
Argentina
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Iran
Nigeria

GROUP G
Germany
Portugal
Ghana
USA

GROUP H
Belgium
Algeria
Russia
Korea
 

French football fans heaved a sigh of relief on Friday as football’s governing body FIFA delivered the verdict on the eight groups that will kick off next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

France will face Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras in Group E, one of the easiest groups to emerge from the draw.

Immediately after the draw, French coach Didier Deschamps said "The most important thing when you start a competition is to win your first match.”

The French squad will play its first game against Honduras in the southern city of Porto Alegre on June 15.

Roy Hodgson’s England were less lucky, drawing Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D.

Germany and Portugal were drawn together in a testing Group G that also included Ghana and the United States.

Colombia will face Greece, the Ivory Coast and Japan in Group C, while Belgium, another of the potential dark horses, will meet Algeria, Russia and South Korea in Group H.

Football's biggest party

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke presided over the much-anticipated draw held in Costa do Sauipe, 76 kilometres north of the city of Salvador, Bahia.

Football’s largest party will begin on June 12 in Sao Paulo, in a match pitting hosts Brazil against Croatia.

The draw was also kind to host nation Brazil, as they seek to make up for their failure to lift the trophy when they last hosted the finals back in 1950.

Later that day, reigning champions Spain will begin their defence of the World Cup with a rematch of the 2010 final against the Netherlands.

The World Cup games will be played at twelve locations across Brazil, South America’s biggest country, and are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of tourists from across the planet.

The final is in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.

 

Date created : 2013-12-06

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