2014 FIFA WORLD CUP MOCK DRAW
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup draw less than 24 hours away, I thought I would have a mock draw of my own to see some of the mind numbing possibilities that may present themselves at 11:30 am EST tomorrow. No life you say?.... maybe ... but I was fortunate enough to avoid the much dreaded "Group of Death."
Wrapping your head around FIFA's plans for dealing with the intricacy of this draw can prove problematic, so I encourage you to ignore the extra rules and just hang on for the ride.....
First nation out of the pot is none other than Italy. (out of pot 4 to be placed with the first South American seed.... like I said ... ignore this.) The first South American seed drawn from "pot x" is Argentina.
Ok, so now our groups are starting to take shape... Group A will have Brazil as A1 as per FIFA and Group B will have Argentina and Italy.
The only trouble now is completing the entire draw without having 3 European nations in the same group or 2 South American nations in the same group.
Believe it or not, I am pretty sure my little mock draw went smoothly after the whole pot 4, pot 2, and pot x nonsense.
Without further rambling, my FIFA World Cup (mock) draw:
Group A Group E
Ivory Coast Ecuador
Group B Group F
United States Iran
Group C Group G
Mexico Costa Rica
Group D Group H
South Korea Japan
As you can see there are some fascinating match-ups. The United States receives a very tough draw having to match up with 3 of the top 12 teams in FIFA rankings. Group of death or not ... all of these respective teams earned their spot in the World Cup. I would not be surprised to see a few upsets along the way.
Stay tuned tomorrow for the real draw and hopefully we will be talking about how good the United States Men's National Team's chances are in making the knockout round.