The 2014 FIFA World Cup is still over six months away but all 32 nations are anxiously awaiting their fates in the vastly important World Cup Draw that will be held at Salvador in Brazil on Saturday morning (AEST time).
The 32 nations will be split into eight groups of four teams this weekend and the four pots that will be used to split the teams into their respective groups were released by FIFA this morning; with Australia included in pot number three along with the United States Of America, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Japan, Iran and South Korea.
Pot number one features all the seeds for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and includes a mixture of teams from Europe and South America; with the inclusion of Switzerland, over nations like Italy, Holland and Portugal, questioned by a number of football experts.
Switzerland look like being the ideal opponent for Australia in pot one, which also includes hosts Brazil, defending World Cup Champions Spain, Lionel Messi led-Argentina, South American surprise packages Colombia, Australia’s former rivals Uruguay, the always threatening Germany and the much improved Belgium outfit.
Pot number two includes the two remaining South American nations (Chile and Ecuador) as well as the African representatives (Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria and Cameroon) and will also include a European nation from pot four, which is believed to be France.
The team selection from pot number four is arguably the most important for Australia’s chances as the pools that included Holland, Italy and Portugal will likely be dubbed ‘Group Of Deaths’, while those that include England, Greece, Bosnia, Croatia and Russia may present an easier task for the Socceroos.
Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou arrived in Brazil for the draw yesterday and admitted that he is anxious to find out the teams that he will be facing when he makes his World Cup coaching debut in June next year.
“We’re all anxious to see what group we are drawn in,” Postecoglou said.
“But for us we’re looking forward to whatever challenge the draw throws up, and we will tackle it with the spirit that Australians have always been renowned for.
“While we are looking forward to seeing who we draw in the group stage, it also allows us to really start preparations to make sure we are ready for whatever comes our way when the World Cup starts in June next year.
“Scouting opposition, travelling to watch the Socceroos players in action for their clubs, logistics, hotels, flights and warm-up games are part of the meticulous planning we will be putting in place to make sure we do our best to start the tournament on the right foot.”
The 2014 World Cup Draw will be posted on worldcup.com.au when it becomes available on Saturday morning.