The countdown for World Cup 2014 begins . A 32 team tournament will kick off on June 12 in Brazil next year.
Group A and B : The hosts, Brazil, are set to take on Croatia in the opening match of this football extravaganza. They are, alongside, drawn against Mexico and Cameroon. Meanwhile, 2010 world cup winner Spain is in the same group as their former finalist Netherlands, with Chile and Australia.
Group C and D: Colombia, Japan , Greece and Cote D’Ivoire are grouped together. Whereas, England will have a tough run against Italy, Uruguay and 2004 quarter-finalist Costa Rica.
Group E and F : A dream draw for France and Argentina awaits with the Former drawn against Ecuador, Switzerland and Honduras, whereas, the latter drawn against Iran, Nigeria and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Group G and H : Cristiano Ronaldo led Portugal will face Germany, Ghana and USA in the group stages. Vincent Kompany led Belgium will come up against Algeria, Russia and Korea Republic.
Round of 16 will begin on June 28 and the quarter finals then be staged on June 4 and 5, semi-finals on July 8 and 9 and the 2014 World Cup Final will be played on July 13 in Rio de Janeiro .