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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Brazil, Germany and Mexico among the 8 seeds for World Cup draw

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Hosts nation Germany and current champions Brazil are among the top eight seeds for the World Cup Draw as expected on Tuesday. The other teams are surprising Mexico, Argentina, England, Spain, France, and Italy.

FIFA choosed the rest of the draw, which will be on Friday, would group squads in pots according to their geographical locations rather than their current world ranking or previous World Cup performances.

This way, second pot will include Australia, the African teams: Ghana, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Angola and Togo, and the two South American teams Ecuador and Paraguay.

The third pot will comprise eight European teams: Sweden, Croatia, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland and Ukraine.

The fourth pot will comprise four Asian teams: Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and the three remaining from CONCACAF Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States.

A special pot will contain only Serbia & Montenegro, the lowest ranked European team, who will be placed in a group including either Brazil, Argentina or Mexico.

FIFA created the special pot so they could avoid having any groups with more than two European teams.

Jim Brown, FIFA's Director of Competitions explained: "The seedings were based on FIFA rankings for the last three years and the last two World Cup finals.

"Germany will be seeded in slot A1 in the draw and Brazil in F1, and there were economic factors involved in this decision as those teams are guaranteed to play in larger stadiums."

One team from each pot will be drawn into the eight groups in the first stage of the finals in Germany which run from June 9 to July 9.


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