By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil and Croatia will open the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 12th at the Itaquerão Stadium in São Paulo. A star studded event in Bahia saw the 32 qualified teams for next year’s mega event drawn into groups in the first step towards of the final countdown for one of sport’s most important tournaments. A star studded event in Bahia saw the 32 qualified teams of the FIFA tournament drawn into groups, photo by Roberto Stuckert Filho/Presidência da República. The group stage for the 2014 FIFA World Cup draw was made this afternoon in the Costa do Sauípe in Bahia. And the draw was relatively kind to hosts Brazil, drawn alongside Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon. Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and his side have avoided European heavyweights such as Italy and France in the opening stages and will now be expected to make the knock-out rounds with relative ease. Although Mexico defeated Brazil last year in the final of the 2012 Olympic Games. Meanwhile, England and the U.S. were handed somewhat tougher groups. England, who won the World Cup in 1966, have been drawn in what some have dubbed the “Group of Death”. To reach the second round they will have to prevail in a group that contains fellow Europeans Italy, 2011 Copa America champions Uruguay and Costa Rica. The task for the USA is even harder. USA have been drawn in Group G along with Germany, Portugal and Ghana. Many have put the two European sides as favorites to progress, whilst Ghana eliminated U.S. in the last World Cup in South Africa. Here is the draw in full: GROUP A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon GROUP B: Spain, Holland, Chile, Australia GROUP C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan GROUP D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy GROUP E: Ecuador, France, Switzerland, Honduras GROUP F: Argentina, Bosnia, Iran, Nigeria GROUP G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA GROUP H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea * The Rio Times Daily Updates feature is offered to help keep you up-to-date with important news as it happens. 7 Responses to "2014 FIFA World Cup Draw Made in São Paulo: Daily" Pingback: 2014 FIFA World Cup Tix Back On Sale: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: GAME FIFA WORLD CUP 2002 2014 Pingback: FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 2014 Pingback: 2014 FIBA USA BRAZIL Pingback: FIXTURES FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 Details Pingback: FIFA World Cup Security to be Aided by National Force: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: World Cup Camping Rio Pitches Up in Recreio, Zona Oesta | The Rio Times | Brazil News Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.