- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On December 7, 2013
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- 2014 World Cup, 2014 World Cup Draw, Features
Don’t call it a Group of Death. But that is what it will be for the United States as they were drawn into a group Friday against former World Cup Champions Germany, nemesis Ghana and Portugal.
Yeah, that won’t be easy.
US coach Jurgen Klinsmann had a few things to say about the draw, he said he knew in the pit of his stomach that he would be with his home nation.
“I kind of had in my stomach that we were going to get Germany,” said Klinsmann. “You know I wanted Brazil in the opening game, but obviously it’s one of the most difficult groups in the whole draw. Having Portugal with Cristiano Ronaldo and then Ghana who has a history with the United States, it couldn’t get any more difficult or any bigger but that’s what the World Cup is about, it’s a real challenge and we’ll take it, we’ll take it on and hopefully we’re going to surprise some people there.
“I think our group, if you take a look at it, is probably one of the toughest ones – definitely top two or three groups in this draw. From a traveling point of view we have the furthest distance to travel with our team, but we’ll deal with it with a smile on our face and we’re going to attack.
“I look at things always from a positive side. We have a young team, a team that is growing. We’ve built a lot over the past two years. We’ve had the most successful year in our history in 2013, so we’ve built the confidence and the belief that we can deal with those challenges. We’re going to take it one game at a time, starting with Ghana who gave us some issues in the recent World Cups. If we start off there well, then it builds even more confidence for the next two big ones.”
Here are all the groups with my thoughts mixed in.
Group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon
Easy group for the hosts to get out of here. The battle for number two will be fun between the other three nations though. Mexico should actually stand a good chance to get out but you never know what you’re getting out of that bunch.
Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia
This folks is the true Group of Death. Holy hell, it is not just the fact that the last World Cup final will be the first game of the group but we also get a fairly decent Chile team with an Aussie side that has surprised folks many times before in these competitions.
Group C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan
One of the more interesting groups, Columbia should get out fairly easy but with whom will be the question. I like Japan but Greece has shown to be a tough foe as well.
Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy
Another tough group to figure out. Up front I love the South American side leading this group but with England and Italy in this mix, you really don’t know what to expect. Toss in Costa Rica, a side that really won’t have anything to lose in this tournament and you got the mix of a group that will be very entertaining.
Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
Don’t sleep on Ecuador in this group. Just don’t sleep on any South American side in this group phase for that matter. Honduras may not be a big enough power but they certainly are a wild card in my mind with these teams.
Group F: Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria
Fairly easy group for Argentina to get through. Aside from that, who really knows what to make of the other three countries in this mix. Bosnia-Herzegovina seems like a good pick but Nigeria is also a strong group.
Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA
Holy moly. Yeah.
Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea
Pretty easy group for the up-and-coming Belgium side to deal with. Algeria is clearly the easiest team in this tournament to play and the Koreans aren’t anything special from what I’ve seen. That leaves Russia.