Brazil legends Marta and Ronaldo during a press conference ahead of the FIFA 2014 World Cup Draw. Reuters
The world awaits as the draw for the FIFA 2014 World Cup takes place in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil on Friday.
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The likes of hosts Brazil, Argentina, Germany and defending champions Spain will know their groups in a few hours from now, and the way the draw pans out could have a heavy bearing on the final result in July next year. All the big guns will hope to avoid the group of death, inevitable for every World Cup.
In a rehearsal draw for the actual event on Thursday, Brazil faced the brunt of a group of death with Italy, France and Australia all finding themselves in the same group with the hosts.
A group of a similar vein is extremely likely considering the allotment of the four pots, and the teams that avoid a tricky draw will consider themselves lucky at the end of the day.
"I think the [FIFA world ranking] tells us who's the best right now," Brazil legend Ronaldo told FIFA's official website. "Being a traditional powerhouse doesn't mean to say you're going to win the FIFA World Cup. You have to play good football and have a bit of luck too.
"Some of the big names aren't seeded and that's because they haven't performed that well over the last couple of years.
Ronaldo believes Brazil will be one of the favourites to go all the way next summer, particularly after their impressive showing in the Confederations Cup earlier this year.
"Brazil are top of my list of favourites. Then come Germany, followed by Spain and Argentina. Argentina could spring a nasty surprise. Have you thought about Argentina winning here in Brazil?
"Starting the competition in one of the weaker groups could be a good thing, but I don't think the Brazil team needs to sit there hoping for a weak group or a strong one. They showed at the FIFA Confederations Cup that they have a very strong side and that they're the red hot favourites to win the FIFA World Cup."
The draw has become even more complicated with FIFA announcing one team from Pot 4, which currently consists of nine teams - the unseeded sides from Europe -- would be transferred at random to Pot 2, which at the moment only has seven countries.
That has increased the likelihood of a difficult group for everyone concerned with the likes of England, Netherlands, France, Italy and Portugal all likely to be affected by the move.
"These are things that are going to happen. FIFA has decided that this is the fairest thing to do and I've got no qualms with that," England manager Roy Hodgson told Sky Sports.
"I said right at the start that I'm more than happy that wherever we find ourselves, whatever pot we find ourselves in, whoever we're asked to play, I'm just so happy that we're here and I think we'll give a good account of ourselves when we get here.
"You don't know whether being moved could turn out to be an advantage or a disadvantage. People can speculate as much as they like, but if it happens to you, you just get on with it."
Pot allocations: Pot 1: Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Switzerland.
Pot 2: Algeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Chile, Ecuador.
Pot 3: Australia, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, USA.
Pot 4: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, England, Italy, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Russia.
Note: One team from Pot 4 will be randomly selected to move up to Pot 2.
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