The 2014 FIFA World Cup takes place in Brazil next summer, and the final draw is currently being announced. You can follow along with Bob Ley and Co. on ESPN2, or check it out on your computer on Watch ESPN.
We’ll update you with the groups as they’re announced. Sorry to be a downer, but the United States currently has 200-1 odds to win the whole thing, and that number is unlikely to improve much, unless we get really lucky with the draw. Let’s hope we get really lucky with the draw.
They’re about to start.
UPDATE: As expected, we’re probably screwed. But probably not as badly as people seem to think.
Analysis: Brazil will advance. Croatia and Mexico will probably have similar odds to advance, with Cameroon lagging a bit behind.
Analysis: Spain and Holland will be a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Final. Spain is the clear favorite, with Holland not far behind. But Chile is no pushover. Australia is incredibly screwed.
Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Analysis: Colombia is the clear favorite… and Côte d’Ivoire and Japan will be expected to battle it out for second place.
Analysis: Italy is the favorite… but Costa Rica and England aren’t far behind. Tough group, and Costa Rica is probably donezo.
Analysis: France is incredibly lucky to get drawn here, and they’re the clear favorites. Ecuador and Switzerland will be expected to battle it out for second. Honduras, even in this easy group, won’t be given much of a shot.
Analysis: Argentina will cruise. Iran will be expected to come in last… but Nigeria and Bosnia-Herzegovina aren’t exactly superpowers…
Analysis: USA looks screwed. Germany will be massive favorites. But Portugal has struggled a lot and isn’t nearly as good as people are saying, and Ghana is beatable, so you certainly never know…
Analysis: Belgium is among the favorites to win the whole thing, if you haven’t been paying attention. Russia will be expected to come in second. Korea and Algeria are two of the weakest teams in the competition.