2014 Fifa World Cup finals draw in Brazil

Live text commentary and video of the 2014 Fifa World Cup finals draw as England face Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.

6 December 2013 Last updated at 13:58

Get involved

To get involved contact us in any of the following ways

As it happened

  1. 1852: 

    And that is that boys and girls.

    Those 188 days before the opener of Brazil v Croatia will fly by now, and it's World Cup fever all round.

    Thanks a lot for your company and of course stay tuned to the BBC Sport website for all the reaction. The Premier League's back tomorrow as well...

  2. 1850: 
    PSYCHIC SPAIN

    Spain manager Vicente del Bosque said he predicted his side would be drawn against Netherlands.

    La Roja begin the defence of their title against the Dutch in Salvador on June 13 before facing Chile and Australia.

    Del Bosque's side beat the Dutch to win the World Cup for the first time in 2010 thanks to Andres Iniesta's extra-time winner.

    "I said this morning we were going to get Holland and we did, in the first game no less," he told Spanish TV station Cuatro.

    "Holland have changed a little bit, especially in the middle of the park, but they still have (Arjen) Robben, (Robin) Van Persie, (Rafael) Van der Vaart and (Wesley) Sneijder."

    That will be a cracker...

  3. 1844:  
    Former England manager Graham Taylor on BBC Radio 5 live

    "We do not play our football in the heat of the summer, and after having had a really long season, it is never easy for our players to come into these tournaments with the weather.

    "You must also make sure the players do not get bored. You must get your organisation right, and Roy Hodgson is very good at that.

    "I have a lot of time for Roy. He has had experience at a previous World Cup with Switzerland in 1994, and he will prepare them in the best possible fashion."

  4. 1839: 

    As Dan hints at there, there is the possibility that England's opener in Manaus against Italy could be switched by Fifa and swapped with Uruguay v Costa Rica.

    A possibility. That's all. But it would suit the European audience and sponsors and broadcasters to move it. Watch this space as the man Walker says...

  5. 1839:  
    Dan Walker, BBC Sport

    I bet England don't play in Manaus #WatchThisSpace

  6.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcworldcup
    England

    Paul Sanderson: Pleased with that draw. Expectations are low anyway so we may as well go & play in some great group games & see where it takes us.

    Chris Edwards: It could have been worse... Oh no wait, it couldn't!

    Ian Morris: Don't think it mattered who England drew, too many people had written us off even before the draw.

  7.  
    Croatia and Southampton defender Dejan Lovren

    "We've got a difficult group, but the opening match of the World Cup against Brazil will be spectacular. I can't wait!"

  8.  
    GET INVOLVED- #englandexpects

    Chris Melville: Very. Tough. Draw.

    Matt Love: Suarez. Cavani... Welbeck.

    Nathan: No. Point. Going.

  9. 1829: 
    MANAUS MAYHEM
    Manaus

    England manager Roy Hodgson raised his concerns about the prospect of playing in Manaus before the draw - only to see the city come out of the hat for England's opener with Italy

    "Manaus is the place ideally to avoid," the England boss had said. "The tropicality of Manaus is the problem. It will be a difficult venue for everyone, but for northern European players it will be a little bit harder."

    The mayor of the Brazilian city seemed to take offence. Arthur Virgilio said in a statement on his Facebook page: "We would prefer that England doesn't come. "We hope to get a better team and a coach who is more sensible and polite.

    "He's one of the few people in the world who is not curious about the Amazon, who doesn't want to know Manaus."

    Oh dear...

  10.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Now you know who England are playing, share your predictions for Roy Hodgson's side using just three words by tweeting #Englandexpects. The most commonly used words so far have been penalties, home and Rooney.

  11. 1820: 
    FAVOURITES?
    Hulk

    The bookmakers currently make hosts Brazil 11/4 favourites to win next year's World Cup, with England out at 33/1 alongside Group D stablemates Uruguay and Italy.

    Other names in the running are Germany (11/2), Argentina (9/2_ and holders Spain at 6/1.

  12.  
    GET INVOLVED VIA 81111

    Neil in Bristol: England's group could have been a lot worse. Group B and Group G look the toughest to me. Should be amazing games in Group B as Chile, Spain and Holland are very easy on the eye going forward.

  13. 1817: 
    TV BIDDING WAR

    With all World Cup matches to be shown on either BBC or ITV, there will be some intense negotiations in the coming days and weeks to decide which broadcaster will show which games.

    Keep your eyes and ears peeled for an announcement on that.

  14.   
    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    "Tough draw, but a couple of nil nils and a win against Costa Rica should see England through."

  15. 1815: 
    Club England managing director Adrian Bevington on BBC Radio 5 liveENGLAND REACTION

    "Manaus is a big journey into the Amazon, but the other two games are both relatively close to our base in Rio.

    "We will re-group this evening and go through things, then we have a meeting with Roy and his backroom staff in 10 days' time.

    "Once we have played the game in Manaus, we will then fly back. Then, we are within an hour's flight for the two other games.

    "We consider all options at the moment. In reality, we would have to consider the quality of training grounds in Manaus if we were to fly directly from Miami a few days earlier instead of travelling there from Rio de Janeiro."

  16. 1814: 
    THE GALLERY

    Pop over to the BBC Sport Facebook page for a photo gallery of the World Cup draw.

  17.  
    Germany and Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil

    "Hey, Cristiano, Pepe and Coentrao: I am happy to see you in Brazil."

  18.  
    Nigeria and Chelsea winger Victor Moses

    "Really excited about the World Cup now the draw has been done! Come on Nigeria."

  19. 1807: 
    WHERE ARE ENGLAND PLAYING?

    As well as the long trip to Manuas which we mentioned earlier, England also play in Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte. Both are near to England's Rio base.

    The Arena De Sao Paulo is a new build for the tournament was said to be '94% complete' before the accident on 27 November which killed two workers. It will now miss the Fifa deadline but is expected to be completed by February 2014.

    The Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte was used in the Confederations Cup last year after a comprehensive facelift. The stadium is a listed national monument, so the facade and roof had to be preserved, but the pitch was lowered by 3.4m to allow the removal of a running track and construction of new seating nearer to the pitch.

    Although it was delivered on time, teething problems when the venue reopened in February resulted in the stadium's operators being fined. However, Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke described the stadium as "beautiful" earlier this year.

  20.  
    Cameroon and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o

    "Dreaming, is soccer! So let's start dreaming."

    Cameroon face Brazil, Croatia and Mexico in Group A

  21. 1801: 
    ENGLAND'S ROAD TO THE FINAL...

    If England win Group D they would most likely play Ivory Coast or Japan in Recife, before a quarter-final with holders Spain in Salvador, a semi-final v Germany in Sao Paulo and a final against Brazil!

    If group runners-up, they could face the prospect of meeting four seeds in a row: Colombia in Rio, Brazil in Fortaleza, Argentina in Belo Horizonte and then Spain.

    That is hugely speculative of course.

  22. 1759: 
    GET INVOLVED- on 81111

    Paul: Looking at the draw, Brazil and Argentina should be clear favourites now by some distance. Both will breeze through.

    Dom, Liverpool: Everyone calm down; England have had easy groups for the past few world cups and struggled immensely! Maybe it will favour them to go into a group as complete underdogs! In Roy we trust.

    Stuart from Ealing: Total population of Uruguay and Costa Rica is less than that of London. Chin up, they're minnows!

  23. 1756: 
    GET INVOLVED

    There has been a lot of reaction on social media to the draw from the world's leading players. The most mentioned groups on Twitter so far have been Group G, Group D and Group E.

    And in terms of player reaction:

    USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan - All games are tough at the World Cup, chance is there to progress! Now we know, let the headlines start!

    Nigel de Jong - Exciting group, looking forward to our first game

    And Asmir Begovic - Buzzing about our draw! Opening game at the Maracana! Looking forward to it big time. Let's do it!

  24. 1755: 

    Wayne Rooney almost breaking into the 'Record Breakers' theme tune there...

  25.  
    England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney

    "If we want to be the best, we have to beat the best. Tough group but really looking forward to it! Roll on Brazil 2014!"

  26. 1753: 
    ENGLAND'S OPPONENTS- Italy
    Mario Balotelli

    Italy are a possession-based team with a dynamic attacking threat. Their 2013 Confederations Cup experience could prove to be a trump card in dealing with the heat. Recent defensive frailties at crosses and high balls are a concern but the bookmakers predict Italy will reach the last eight.

    AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli, 23, heads to the World Cup as a maturing performer. He inspired Italy to the Euro 2012 final, scoring twice in the semi-final v Germany, and top scored in qualifying with five goals. When Balotelli (12 goals/29 apps) plays well, Italy tend to - they have never lost when he's scored.

  27. 1752: 
    MANAGER REACTION

    More from England manager Roy Hodgson: "Even Costa Rica are a very, very strong team. Jurgen Klinsmann was warning me how tough they are after playing them in qualifying.

    "I am still very positive about the whole affair, as you never know. You do not win football matches on paper.

    "You go out on each occasion 11 v 11. If you are well prepared you have a chance to win all three games.

    "We are here, we have an interesting group with three top-quality opponents. It will be a chance to see the north of Brazil, it will be a very interesting experience."

  28. 1751: 
    ENGLAND'S OPPONENTS- Costa Rica
    Bryan Ruiz

    The Central American side are defensively organised, with an emphasis on pressing the opposition. At the other end of the pitch, they will need key contributions from the likes of talented but erratic captain Bryan Ruiz of Fulham and promising Arsenal forward Joel Campbell if they are to reach the knockout stage.

  29. 1749: 
    MANAGER REACTION
    Roy Hodgson

    England manager Roy Hodgson: "It's a tough group, there's no doubt about that. In Italy and Uruguay it's almost as though we have got two number one seeds in our group.

    "We know how good Italy are because we lost to them in the quarter-finals at the Euros. The game is going to be tough from a climate point of view for both teams. We're both in the same boat.

    "There were not going to be many scenarios where we were going to be jumping for joy. It [the draw] doesn't surprise us. I suppose one positive is that we have only got one long trip then the other two are in the same neck of the woods."

  30. 1748: 
    ENGLAND'S OPPONENTS- Uruguay
    Luis Suarez

    Style & formation: As qualifying went on, coach Oscar Tabarez settled on a pragmatic 4-4-2. The industrious Edinson Cavani leads the line, with Luis Suarez given licence to roam. Tabarez, however, is not afraid to switch formations, doing so in away matches and during the Confederations Cup to counteract the opposition, including playing 3-5-2 and 4-3-3. Expect him to vary it up in Brazil.

    Strengths: In Suarez, Cavani and the evergreen Diego Forlan, Uruguay possess magnificent striking options. Tabarez has also reintroduced the Uruguayan characteristic 'garra' - an inner belief that they are tougher than their opponent, both technically and mentally.

    Weaknesses: An ageing Uruguay defence conceded 25 goals in qualifying (16 away). Experienced centre-back pairing Diego Godin and captain Diego Lugano can have their lack of pace exposed. Strong, robust and determined they might be, but both can also foul once beaten. Uruguay need Sebastian Coates to return from his anterior cruciate injury to add height, pace and composure to their backline.

  31. 1745: 
    MATCH OF THE DAY VOTE

    Between 1600 GMT and 1725 GMT Match of the Day's World Cup draw programme and bbc.co.uk/worldcup asked how far people thought England can go in next summer's World Cup.

    The results are in.

    Second round - 31%

    Quarter-final - 29%

    Group stage - 24%

    Semi-final - 7%

    Winners - 6%

    Runners-up - 3%

  32.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcworldcup

    Ben H: Suarez v England. Gulp. Bang goes Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy's hope of a World Cup call up.

  33. 1743: 

    "It's a tough group," says Roy Hodgson. No messing.

  34. 1741: 

    The more you look at Group B, the harder it gets. Spain, the Netherlands and Chile all take on Australia. We all saw how good Chile were at Wembley just the other week and they may be looking at third in the group.

    Or will the Dutch go out?

  35.   
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty

    "Fortunately BBC had the world's most positive man - Everton manager Roberto Martinez - on hand to lift initial gloom of that World Cup draw."

  36.  

    Statisticians Opta: 5 - In major tournaments against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica, England have played five games and won none (D2 L3). Nightmare.

  37. 1737: 
    Bosnia-Hercegovina and Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic

    "Buzzing about our draw! Opening game at the Maracana! Looking forward to it big time. Let's do it!"

    Bosnia play Argentina on Sunday 15 June. Asmir could be busy against Lionel Messi and co...

  38.  
    GET INVOLVED VIA 81111
    Roy Hodgson

    Aman in Coventry: Excuses already before England even kicked the ball! If you want to be the best you have to beat the best and stop blaming the weather conditions!

    Andy and Victoria: England will need at least five points. Draws against Italy and Uruguay and thump Costa Rica. Sorted! It's never that easy though....

    Marcus, optimistic in London: Tough group! So what, we're England.

  39. 1735: 
    ENGLAND REACTION

    BBC Sport's South American expert Tim Vickery: "Roy [Hodgson] has to go to Manaus, a place he was hoping to avoid. The crucial second game is against Uruguay. That's going to be tough but there will be some ageing limbs in that Uruguay side. It could be a cautious game."

  40.  
    Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale

    "Tough looking group for England but some exciting games to look forward to... Portugal v Germany and Spain v Holland in particular."

  41. 1733: 

    I'm getting ahead of myself, I know, but should England qualify from Group D they will play one of Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast or Japan in the last 16.

    Some other potential ties in the knockout stages are Brazil v Spain/Netherlands; Germany v Belgium and Argentina v France.

    Massive.

  42. 1732:  
    Alan Shearer, BBC Sport

    "The likes of Gerrard will know this is going to be their last tournament and they will be determined to go to Brazil and be successful. The World Cup has to be the pinnacle for any player.

    "The first thing their club managers will be saying to them is 'forget what happened today, there's four or five months to go'. They'll be determined to get their minds focused on their club football."

  43.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcworldcup

    Michael Doran: After Suarez's performance on Wednesday, Uruguay was the last team England wanted to see.

    Philip Kirkland: I have a feeling that Germany may not make it out of their group...

    Barry Wiggett: As a previous manager once said: "Do I not like that?!" Tough group, tough conditions, are England tough enough?

  44. 1731:  
    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live

    "It is not as bad a group as it looks on paper for England at the moment. Italy are a better team than England but they have to face the humidity just like we will, the first game is not our biggest problem because of the fear factor.

    "England will be set-up in a counter-attacking way, so that will not frighten Roy Hodgson against Italy."

    Listen to reaction to the 2014 World Cup draw on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  45. 1731: 

    When I said you should book the day off work for that England v Italy game I forgot that it falls on a Saturday night/Sunday morning. That could be a big, big, big, big night out in England...

  46. 1731: 
    England's group

    Fighting talk from Jack Wilshere! Here's a rundown of England's group games:

    England v Italy - Manaus Sunday 15 June (02:00 BST)

    Uruguay v England - Sao Paulo Thursday 19 June (20:00 BST)

    Costa Rica v England - Belo Horizonte Tuesday 24 June (17:00 BST)

  47.  
    Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere

    "Tough group... But so what? If we want to win it we will have to play the best teams anyway!!"

  48.  
    Netherlands and former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong

    "Exciting group, looking forward to our first game."

  49. 1727: 
    Roberto Martinez, Everton manager

    "I think England's group is going to be really good in pushing the players to the maximum. I don't think Italy are the same as they were when they were in the Euros. England have a chance."

  50. 1725: 

    Some of the fixtures to look forward to in the group stage then:

    Brazil v Croatia in the opener in Sao Paulo on 12 June.

    Spain v the Netherlands in Salvador a day later.

    Germany v Portugal in Salvador on Monday 16 June.

  51.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcworldcup

    Adam Momoniat: England have the opportunity to prove their mettle against top opposition from day one. Or crash and burn. Which will it be?

  52. 1724:  
    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live

    "The Spain group is a wow. Spain, Chile, Australia and the Netherlands. The group England would have loved to be in is Switzerland's.

    "That is the easiest group of all easy groups. Group G featuring Germany is an interesting one with Portugal and the United States."

    Listen to reaction to the 2014 World Cup draw on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  53. 1724:  
    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    "One of the positives is that Luis Suarez isn't in good form at the moment."

    Not at all Gary no...

  54. 1723:  
    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Normally by the end of the Premier League the players are on their knees. Playing in Manaus is a massive thing for England, they will have to go there two days early to face Italy."

    Listen to reaction to the 2014 World Cup draw on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  55. 1722:  
    Alan Shearer, BBC Sport

    "That is a tough group. Anyone who wants to know how tough it's going to be just look back to the Euros when we played Italy. It's a tough, tough group. Also we didn't want to play in one of the hottest places where there is 99% humidity."

  56. 1722:  
    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live

    "In the first game at the World Cup teams are frightened of losing. It might be in England's favour the first game being in Manaus.

    "It will be very difficult for the supporters to get to Manaus."

    Listen to reaction to the 2014 World Cup draw on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  57. 1720: 
    WHERE IS MANAUS?- England v Italy (15 June 2014)

    The capital of the state of Amazonas, Manaus is the furthest north of the host cities.

    The climate is very difficult. Tropical heat with tropical storms. Highs are a toasty 30C with a 40% chance of thunderstorms in June, with humidity up to 80%. Expect to see plenty of drinks breaks.

    Time Zone: GMT -4 hours.

    Approximate distance from Rio (England's base): 2,659 miles.

  58. 1719: 
    GET YOUR DIARY OUT

    Right then, time to book a day off work.

    England face Italy in Manaus on 14 June - A 2AM KICK-OFF!

    That's the only match in the whole tournament which kicks-off at that time and has scuppered a few plans.

  59. 1716: 

    Wow!

    What are your thoughts about that draw then! England face Italy, Costa Rica and Uruguay!

    Bryan Oviedo, Mario Balotelli and Luis Suarez...

  60.  
    RUSSIA ARE IN GROUP H

    Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia and South Korea.

  61.  
    PORTUGAL ARE IN GROUP G

    Group G: Germany, Ghana, Portugal and USA.

  62.  
    BOSNIA ARE IN GROUP F

    Group F: Argentina, Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria.

  63.  
    FRANCE ARE IN GROUP E

    Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France and Honduras.

  64.  

    Group D: Uruguay, England, Costa Rica and Italy.

  65.  

    That is a tough draw as England will have the only game to kick-off at 02:00 BST...

  66.  
    ENGLAND ARE IN GROUP D

    Group D: Uruguay, England, Costa Rica and Italy.

  67.  
    GREECE ARE IN GROUP C

    Group C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan.

  68.  

    Wow! A repeat of the 2010 final! Spain v Netherlands in the group stages.

  69.  
    NETHERLANDS ARE IN GROUP B

    Group B: Spain, Chile, Australia and Netherlands.

  70.  
    CROATIA ARE IN GROUP A

    Group A: Brazil, Mexico, Croatia and Cameroon

  71. 1710: 

    So Jurgen Klinsmann is up against Germany, and every European team is hoping to be in Group E...

  72.  
    SOUTH KOREA ARE IN GROUP H

    Group H so far: Belgium, Algeria and South Korea

  73.  
    USA ARE IN GROUP G

    Group G so far: Germany, Ghana, USA.

  74.  
    IRAN ARE IN GROUP F

    Group F so far: Argentina, Nigeria, Iran.

  75.  
    HONDURAS ARE IN GROUP E

    Group E so far: Switzerland, Ecuador, Honduras.

  76.  
    COSTA RICA ARE IN GROUP D

    Group D so far: Uruguay, Italy, Costa Rica

  77.  
    JAPAN ARE IN GROUP C

    Group C so far: Colombia, Ivory Coast, Japan

  78.  
    AUSTRALIA ARE IN GROUP B

    Group B so far: Spain, Chile, Australia

  79.  
    MEXICO ARE IN GROUP A

    The central American side will face Brazil and Cameroon.

  80. 1705: 

    Halfway through then, and Group E looks the 'easiest' so far. Group D looks tough.

  81.  
    ALGERIA ARE IN GROUP H

    Algeria are grouped with Belgium.

  82.  
    GHANA ARE IN GROUP G

    They are in the same group as Germany.

  83.  
    NIGERIA ARE IN GROUP F

    They are grouped with one of the tournament favourites Argentina.

  84.  
    IVORY COAST ARE IN GROUP C

    They are in the same group as Colombia.

  85.  

    Group E is looking decent...

  86.  
    ECUADOR ARE IN GROUP E

    They are in the same group as Switzerland.

  87.  
    CAMEROON ARE IN GROUP A

    They are in the same group as hosts Brazil.

  88.  
    CHILE ARE IN GROUP B

    They are grouped with world champions Spain.

  89.  
    ITALY ARE IN GROUP D

    They are in the same group as Uruguay.

  90. 1659: 

    Right then. The seeds are allocated, now Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay and Brazil are in Pot X. Zinedine Zidane pulls out Uruguay and then Italy come out.

  91.  
    BELGIUM ARE IN GROUP H
  92.  
    GERMANY ARE IN GROUP G
  93.  
    ARGENTINA ARE IN GROUP F
  94.  
    SWITZERLAND ARE IN GROUP E
  95.  
    URUGUAY ARE IN GROUP D
  96.  
    COLOMBIA ARE IN GROUP C
  97.  
    SPAIN ARE IN GROUP B
  98.  
    BRAZIL ARE IN GROUP A

    We knew that.

  99. 1656: 
    POT 2

    Geoff Hurst has picked one of the European teams to go into pot 2.

  100.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcworldcup

    Josh Hammersley: Here we go...

  101. 1654: 

    A reminder that there can be no more than two European teams in any one group.

    World Cup draw
  102.  
    Arsenal and France striker Olivier Giroud

    "I'm looking forward to the draw... So excited!"

  103. 1653: 

    Geoff Hurst is in charge of the bin containing the nine unseeded European teams. He'll be pleased with that.

  104. 1652:  
    Former England captain Alan Shearer, BBC Sport

    "Without being convincing England emerged from the group undefeated. There's always going to be pressure on them to go out and perform.

    "The expectation for them to win it won't be there at this tournament. And that could just help us. Obviously the two recent friendlies set the mood and confidence back a bit. But there is still time to work on that."

  105. 1652: 
    Edin Dzeko

    It seems Premier League footballers are coming together to watch the draw as well.

    Nikica Jelavic and Edin Dzeko are opponents for club (Everton and Croatia) and country (Manchester City and Bosnia-Hercegovina), but have joined up to see what they will be doing next summer.

  106. 1649: 
    HERE WE GO

    Here we go then, the people who will draw the balls are out on stage.

    Geoff Hurst, Mario Kempes, Fabio Cannavaro, Lothar Matthaus, Zinedine Zidane, Fernando Hierro, Cafu and Alcides Ghiggia.

  107.  
    GET INVOLVED #Englandexpects

    Thanks for your responses to #Englandexpects so far. The most popular words so far are penalties, home, Rooney and Germany. Send your three word responses for your World Cup expectations for England using #Englandexpects to @bbcsport.

  108. 1648: 
    Roberto Martinez, Everton manager

    "It helps to get a big team in [England's] group because it sets the standards for the rest of the competition. I think Brazil have a fantastic balance and a lot of creativity. You cannot under estimate Uruguay with the strikers that they have. They are a strong force to be reckoned with."

  109.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcworldcup

    Karlos Quinky: I am backing England all the way to the second round! If we are very lucky!

    John Duffy: I find these draw ceremonies pointless. Call me a misery guts but it's more embarrassing than exciting.

    Ben J: Personally, I think England are in decent shape. We look organised and very fluid at times. We can cause problems in Brazil.

  110. 1646: 
    VOTE

    So far 37% of those of you who have voted believe that England will reach the last 16 of the World Cup, with not a single person thinking that they will be runners up!

    A positive 5% picked England to win it...

  111. 1645: 
    Brazil legend Pele

    "I really trust Brazil very much, I think they will be in the final. I will never forget the 1950 World Cup final in Brazil when I saw my dad crying as the home nation lost.

    "I do not want my kids to see me crying in this World Cup. I want to tell the whole world of football that Brazil is waiting for you with open arms."

  112.  
    GET INVOLVED VIA 81111

    Tom from Bedford: Got the draw streaming at work in the corner of my monitor. Getting some odd looks from my co-worker as it just looks like people dancing around.

  113. 1642: 

    The dance is over - and you won't be surprised to hear that we are running seven minutes late. The draw itself will start in 12 minutes according to Jonathan Pearce.

  114.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcworldcup

    Andrew Bell: Lots of dancing, very little ball-drawing.

  115. 1641: 
    MATCH OF THE DAY VOTE

    How far will England go at the World Cup? Have your say in BBC Sport's online vote. Between 1600 GMT and 1725 GMT Match of the Day's World Cup draw programme and bbc.co.uk/worldcup will put that question to its readers in the UK.

    Terms and conditions can be found here.

    Vote by visiting the the Match of the Day voting page. The result will be announced after 1730 GMT on Match of the Day and in this page.

    To cast your vote you will need to be signed in to the BBC website. Signing in or registering a new BBC iD is simple. Click here to register.

  116.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcworldcup

    Kieran Wragg: Can I stay pessimistic and say we won't get past the training camp?

    Howard Horner: The World Cup Draw - the one time the rest of the world even gets close to capturing Eurovision.

    Blair John Christie: One day I'll see Scotland in the World Cup draw.

  117. 1640: 
    Roberto Martinez, Everton manager

    "It all starts now. You have to hope you're fortunate and get a fortunate draw. The draw is important because you want to avoid South American opposition."

  118. 1638: 

    More dancing! I thought we were there but no, some dancing now. Roy Hodgson is starting to look hot under the collar.

  119. 1637:  
    Former England captain Alan Shearer, BBC Sport

    "It is hard to look past Brazil. If you think England are under pressure then you should see the pressure they [Brazil] are under."

  120.  
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Statisticians Opta: 1 - England have only lost one of their last nine World Cup opening games (W4 D4). Anticipation.

  121.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcworldcup

    Ben Yorke: Looking forward to the World Cup draw!

  122. 1635:  
    Former England captain Alan Shearer, BBC Sport

    "There is so much going on this stage of the season but you can guarantee the players will all be sat round the television. In France 98. I was a bit disappointed with the draw because I wanted one of the big guns to get going. Instead we got Tunisia, Romania and Colombia."

  123. 1635: 
    A QUICK RECAP

    A pre-draw will be held to move one of the European non-seeds (potentially England) to pot 2

    Pot 1 will then be drawn. Brazil will be placed in Group A, with all other seeds drawn sequentially in Groups B-H

    The four South American seeds are temporarily allocated to Pot X and one team is drawn - meaning their group will include the European side moved to Pot 2 in the pre-draw

    The remaining teams in Pot 2 will be then drawn

    This is done sequentially from Group A to H, although groups may be skipped to guarantee geographical separation - i.e. Chile and Ecuador will not be drawn into groups containing South American seeds

    The teams from Pot 3 will then be drawn sequentially from Group A to H

    The teams from Pot 4 will then be drawn sequentially from Group A to H

    Finally, the position within groups (A2, A3, A4, B2, B3, B4 etc) will be drawn for all teams in pots two, three and four. Only then will we know where and when teams will meet

  124.  
    Two-time Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldo
    Ronaldo

    "I am sure with the work of thousands of people we will deliver the best World Cup ever."

  125. 1631: 

    Here he is, fat Ronaldo on stage now. What a World Cup legend! 15 goals in World Cup finals. Five more than Gary Lineker.

  126.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcworldcup

    Harry Agar: England can beat any team on a good day. Just a shame we won't have a month of good days. Germany to win.

  127. 1630: 
    BBC TWO

    Is rolling. Stick it on if you can...

  128.  
    Brazil 2002 World Cup winner Cafu

    "Preparing to go on stage. The World Cup begins now!"

  129. 1628: 

    That was terrible! Dearie me. Anyway, it sounds like we may be close to some actual ball-drawing action...

  130.   
    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker

    "The Brazil 2014 World Cup draw is live on BBC Two in a few minutes. I'll be with Roberto Martinez and Alan Shearer. Be lovely if you joined us."

  131. 1625: 

    More music! Vanessa Da Mata and a guy in an all-white suit, Alexandre Pires - this is really awful now. Noel Edmonds would be eight boxes down if I had my way...

  132. 1624: 

    Here comes Spain coach Vicente del Bosque clutching the World Cup they won in South Africa three years ago. Can they make it four tournament wins in a row in Brazil?

  133. 1621: 

    A video of each World Cup is currently running. Go on Reidy you can catch Maradona...

  134. 1620: 
    SWISS SEEDS?

    If you are wondering why Switzerland are one of the eight seeds by the way - and if you're not, you should be - this article from the BBC Magazine will sort you out.

    Bizarrely, it has something to do with a friendly between the Netherlands and Indonesia...

  135.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcworldcup

    Sahil: I reckon England's group will be South Korea, Ghana, Spain. Winners: Brazil. England: last 16.

    Michael Clarkson: Looking at the pots I'd say England's easiest group would be Switzerland, Algeria & Iran.

    Tegan Nichols: Lets face it, if England don't get knocked out on penalties it will be a result.

  136. 1618: 

    Pele, Ronaldo, Neymar and Oscar - and Big Phil Scolari - all get a round of applause as the opening address from Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff comes to an end.

    The actual draw is not too far away...

  137. 1616: 
    STAT ATTACK

    There are eight former World Cup winners and all eight have made it to the 2014 World Cup.

    Uruguay's Luis Suarez, Netherlands striker Robin van Persie and Belize's Deon McCaulay were the top scorers in qualifying with 11 goals each

    A total of 202 national teams played at least one 2014 World Cup qualifier

  138. 1615: 

    "Brazil has won five World Cups and it is justice that the tournament has come here!," says Sepp Blatter.

    "Football connects people, builds bridges. I appeal to the population of Brazil, please come together and join everybody through this World Cup."

    Sepp Blatter
  139. 1612:  
    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live

    "It is so important where England are going to play and what time of day. It was so hot and humid in the north when I was there last summer for the Confederations Cup."

    Listen to build-up to the 2014 014 World Cup finals draw on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  140. 1611: 

    Here comes Fifa president Sepp Blatter who says that there will be a minute's applause in tribute to Nelson Mandela, who is pictured holding the 2010 World Cup. The watching crowd stand and applaud.

    World Cup draw
  141. 1610: 
    WHO HAS MADE IT?

    A quick reminder so you can have a last-gasp World Cup sweepstake in the office.

    Pot 1: Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Uruguay, Switzerland

    Pot 2: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chile, Ecuador (7 teams)

    Pot 3: Japan, Iran, South Korea, Australia, United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras

    Pot 4: Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, England, Greece, Italy, Netherlands Portugal, Russia, France (9 teams)

  142. 1609: 
    WATCH NOW!

    I forgot to tell you all that you can watch the action online by the way - it's live on our website and on the BBC Sport app, with BBC Two kicking in at 1630 GMT.

  143.  
    GET INVOLVED VIA 81111

    Joe in Northampton: This ceremony is missing a Eurovision-esque Terry Wogan voiceover, sorry Pearcey...

  144. 1607: 

    Our first live entertainment of the afternoon is up and rocking as Brazilian singer Alcione breaks into song, quickly followed by rapper Emcida. Who should surely be MCda really?

    Think Tina Turner accompanied by the Fresh Prince, but in Portuguese, and you're on the right page.

  145.  
    Former Arsenal and Nigeria striker Kanu

    "Praying for a good group for Nigeria."

  146. 1606: 

    The law of averages suggest that England must be due to win a penalty shoot-out soon. Surely?

  147.  
    GET INVOLVED #Englandexpects

    Thanks for all your responses to #Englandexpects so far. The most popular words so far have been penalties, home, heartbreak, Germany and Rooney. Have your say by tweeting three words describing your expectations using #Englandexpects.

  148.  
    GET INVOLVED- #englandexpects

    Andrew Gilbert: 48. Years. Hurt.

    Brian Smith: Confound. All. Expectations.

    Ian Lamerton: Penalties. As. Usual.

  149. 1603: 

    'Hot. Sticky. Anticipation in the air' says our very own Jonathan Pearce as the draw begins.

    Hosts Fernanda Lima and Rodrigo Hilbert address the crowd and we are up and running. Montage time...

  150. 1600: 
    UNDER WAY

    The 2014 Fifa World Cup draw is under way. Sort of.

    Great footage here of Nelson Mandela meeting the great and good of football in years gone by, including an early Roy Hodgson! Not sure when that was taken.

  151.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcworldcup

    Ubaidullah Budye: World Cup draw is closing in. I hope England gets easiest group, so they can proceed to next round.

    Nima: Is it weird to say I am more excited for this draw than Christmas?

    Behfar Karimi: Surely everyone's fearing Iran in the draw after Dejagah's cracking goal for Fulham on Wednesday!

  152. 1557: 

    The set is very, very pink by the way. And here's a big clock telling us there is two minutes to go until the ceremony itself kicks off.

  153. 1557: 
    MATCH OF THE DAY VOTE
    Michael Owen scores against Brazil in 2002

    How far will England go at the World Cup? Have your say in BBC Sport's online vote. Between 1600 GMT and 1725 GMT Match of the Day's World Cup draw programme and bbc.co.uk/worldcup will put that question to its readers in the UK.

    Terms and conditions can be found here.

    Vote by visiting the the Match of the Day voting page. The result will be announced after 1730 GMT on Match of the Day and in this page.

    To cast your vote you will need to be signed in to the BBC website. Signing in or registering a new BBC iD is simple. Click here to register.

  154. 1555: 

    Roy Hodgson is sitting with Greg Dyke, FA chairman. He's having a great time by the looks of it.

    Of course Roy was on message yesterday when he said: "I will respect and have enormous admiration for everyone - But the word fear is the wrong one."

    It's terror Roy, terror. When England come out with Brazil, Italy and Mexico it's time to be terrified...

  155.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcworldcup

    Tom Crowder: Yet. More. Disappointment.

    Kyle Reade: Hoist. World. Cup.

    Jimmy Whitehead: Quarters. As. Always!!!

  156. 1551: 
    CEREMONY UNDER WAY

    Action! We have some action as Jaques Wagner, a local government official of some kind, addresses the packed tent. The draw is closing in!

  157. 1550: 

    I would love it, love it, if there is a teenage girl in Kilmarnock called Bebeto.

  158. 1548: 
    GET INVOLVED- on 81111
    Bebeto

    Stephen, Kilmarnock: Re "rock the baby" Brazil goal celebrations. My wife was pregnant with twins during the 1994 World Cup. As they seemed particularly "active" during Brazil games , I came up with the idea of calling them Romario and Bebeto. Unfortunately one of them is a girl. Still, she doesn't get teased that much now!

    Garfield in Ipswich: The 'new' Ronaldo shouldn't really be mentioned in the same breath as the 'original'. Strange but not unusual how quickly people forget as soon as someone is no longer in the public eye. A true legend is the original. Just saying.

    Amar, West Midlands: The original Ronaldo definitely gets my pick. he'll go like knife through butter. No, really. Along with everything else.

    Sebastian: 'El fenomeno' - and I wasn't even alive whilst he was tearing up La Liga!

  159. 1542: 
    NOEL'S WORLD CUP DRAW?
    Noel Edmonds

    If England ever get the chance to host a World Cup in our lifetimes - I know, I know - then how do you think we should do the draw?

    Something to speed it up a bit and still maintain that 'English' feel.

    I reckon we get Noel Edmonds in, give him 32 coloured boxes in a semi-circle and get the England manager to pick them one-by-one. With England placed last.

    TV Gold.

  160. 1542: 
    Aston Villa and United States goalkeeper Brad Guzan

    "Not long now before the World Cup draw. Christian Benteke & Ron Vlaar, better hope you are not in the USA group!"

  161.  
    GET INVOLVED ON THE BBC SPORT FACEBOOK PAGE

    Orwin Oteemah Gwah: England got to stand up now!

    Mandela Ndikum: Cameroon, all the way to the semis.

    Christopher Uche Uwaonu: I hope Nigeria gets England.

  162. 1539: 
    THE MINNOWS

    Who are the lowest-ranked team in the tournament then? Turns out it's Australia, who limped into the last 32 despite a ranking of 59. We could have another 'Ashes' style contest next summer then, which England may have more chance of winning.

    Maybe.

  163.  
    GET INVOLVED- #englandexpects

    Himesh Dusara: Quarters. Penalties. Heartbreak.

    Captain Fieldhouse: Crumble. In. Jungle.

    Sanjay Khetani: Sturridge. To. Shine

  164. 1534: 
    INSIDE THE TENT

    I've got some live pictures coming through now from inside the World Cup draw tent in Costa do Sauipe - and I can clear up that it is in fact a bit bigger than the Bake Off arena.

    It's absolutely huge in fact. More like hall six at the NEC. Colossal.

  165. 1533: 
    Dan Walker

    Presenter Dan Walker is primed in Costa do Sauipe with the rest of the world's leading broadcasters, poised to bring you reaction from the 2014 World Cup finals draw.

    You can watch Dan in action from 1630 GMT on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website.

  166. 1531: 
    MEET FULECO!
    Fuleco

    World Cup Willie? Ciao? Goleo the slightly camp lion? Everyone loves a World Cup mascot and it's time we got to meet next summer's dancing armadillo Fuleco.

    Apparently he has a 'message of environmental concerns'. Let's leave it to football eh Fuleco son?

  167. 1528: 
    2014 WORLD CUP FINALS DRAW LIVE

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez joins former England strikers Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer in the studio as BBC Two brings you live coverage of the 2014 World Cup finals draw.

    You can also be sure to hear interviews from the likes of England manager Roy Hodgson as the great and the good of the football world react to the draw.

    Watch the programme on TV or online from 1630 GMT.

  168. 1525: 
    LINEKER'S VERDICT

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker will be on air on BBC Two and online from 1630 GMT; and he has had his say on the eight seeds.

    Who does Gary think will win? Who has this tournament come too soon for? Have a read.

  169.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcworldcup

    Liam Nield: I'm hoping for a quarter-final appearance but expect nothing less than a second round spot.

  170. 1522: 
    Bebeto

    While we are on the theme of Brazilian legends, Bebeto has just taken his seat. He was partner of Romario up front at World Cup 94 and then played off Ronaldo in 1998.

    Remember his 'rock the baby' celebration in the USA? Worryingly that makes that child about 19 now...

  171. 1520: 

    Here's one for you then: Cristiano Ronaldo or the original Ronaldo? In his prime obviously.

    Who would you pick?

  172. 1519:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Anna Foster and Jonathan Overend will be joined by a number of guests as BBC Radio 5 live bring you coverage of the 2014 World Cup finals draw.

    Stay tuned after the groups come out to hear reaction from throughout the game and beyond.

    Coverage begins at 1600 GMT.

  173.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcworldcup

    Tom Harrison: Hoping for a good seeded team with England just to test themselves. Hopefully last game with both teams through.

  174. 1512: 
    THE FAT RONALDO
    Ronaldo

    Ever since the emergence of whippersnapper Cristiano Ronaldo a decade or so ago, the 'original' Ronaldo - he of Brazil, Barcelona, Internazionale, Real Madrid etc - has been known in some circles as 'the fat Ronaldo.'

    Harsh? Certainly. Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima was a superb striker, scorer of 15 goals in World Cup finals, winner of two World Cups and countless club honours.

    He also had the best stepover of his day, could go round goalkeepers all day long, is probably in my top five favourite players of all time, and is is part of today's ceremony.

    However, I am willing to concede that now, in his retirement, the 37-year-old may be growing into his nickname...

  175. 1510:  
    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter Ian Dennis
    World Cup draw

    BBC Radio 5 live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis is making himself comfortable in Costa do Sauipe ahead of the draw, which you can hear on the station from 1600 GMT.

    As you can see, Denno has nailed a great seat. Top work.

  176. 1508: 
    NO SAMBA? NO PROBLEM
    Samba band

    Remember the drone of the dreaded vuvuzela in South Africa? Fifa let the racket rumble on but has banned samba drums from Brazil's World Cup stadiums next summer. The spoilsports.

    Even though local authorities are not happy about it they say it will not diminish the atmosphere inside the 12 arenas.

    "As a Brazilian and a soccer fan it is a part of our culture having samba instruments and musical instruments in the stadiums (during) the games so that is a normal part of the atmosphere around football games," said Deputy Sports Minister Luis Fernandes.

    "For us it would have been better if we could have musical instruments inside the games but I don't think it will make a major difference because people are extremely enthusiastic for football and they are extremely musical so there will be a lot of singing in the World Cup games."

    It's basically going to be a month-long rave...

  177. 1506: 

    The countdown to the draw has reached its final hour then. Balls are being screwed up, microphones checked, seating plans allocated...

  178.   
    Manchester City and Belgium captain Vincent Kompany

    "Looking forward to today's World Cup draw."

  179. 1501: 

    There will only be one debutant nation at the World Cup next summer, with Edin Dzeko's Bosnia-Hercegovina the new boys on the block.

    Of the other 31 teams they don't come more experienced than hosts Brazil, who have been at very World Cup. Ever.

  180. 1457: 
    GUNNERS UP FOR THE CUP
    Arsenal players

    "Now we're curious about the World Cup drawing! You too?", says Arsenal's Lukas Podoloski.

    Hopefully the Arsenal players tune into BBC Two at 1630 GMT for full coverage of the draw. With Denmark not involved, maybe Nicklas Bendtner can bring the teas. Bobby Pires the cakes.

  181. 1456: 
    Joachim Low

    Germany manager Jogi Low is in the house, looking as smart as ever. Can the Germans win for the first time in 24 years next summer? That's a lifetime to wait by their own impeccably high standards. But a European team has never won the World Cup in South America don't forget...

  182.  
    GET INVOLVED VIA 81111

    Aaron in Cirencester: Off to Brazil next summer. Keeping an eye out for Groups B, G and E. Hoping for England to be picked out in E3 alongside Germany.

  183. 1450: 
    Vahid Halilhodzic

    The great and good of the footballing world are arriving at the venue for the draw as we speak. Winning the red carpet style guide so far is Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic. Ice cool.

  184. 1447: 
    IS IT HOT OR NOT?
    Ipanema beach

    In most World Cups each group is based in a certain area for logistical and common sense. Not in Brazil.

    Every team at the finals is likely to have to travel around huge distances as the tournament criss-crosses the vast country. But which group would be best to be placed in?

    Our man in Brazil Tim Vickery says: "The seeded teams will surely be delighted to be drawn in Group H; they will play in Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, three cities clustered in the south-east region with mostly mild weather in June and July.

    "Indeed, this would be a good group for a European team. Teams H3 and 4 have to trek out west for the opening match in Cuiaba, but otherwise all the games take place in the south or south-east. It is the only group which does not go to the tropical north east. Group B would also be a favourable option in this respect."

    Which would be bad news? Avoid playing in Manaus if possible. The Amazonian city is sauna-like with a 31C peak and humidity can reach 99%. Uncomfortable to say the least. It's a good job Scholesy's not on the plane...

  185.  
    Arsenal and Germany striker Lukas Podolski

    "Just a few hours before the drawing. It will be exciting to see which opponents we will have in our group."

  186. 1444: 
    THE STADIUMS

    There are 12 stadiums pencilled in to host matches next summer - providing they are all finished on time.

    From the Amazon basin in the north to the banks of the River Guaiba in the south, 12 cities are gearing up for the arrival of the world's best players and hundreds of thousands of supporters.

    Want to know more? Sure you do.

    Have a butcher's at our stadium guide.

  187.  
    GET INVOLVED- #englandexpects
    Danny Welbeck

    Aman Sheth: Welbeck. Golden. Boot.

    Shan Russell: It. Is. Now.

    Nathan Lines: Oh. Deary. Me

  188. 1437: 
    THE REHEARSAL DRAW
    Ashley Cole v David Silva

    Everyone loves the 'practice draw' on these occasions, as Fifa delegates and media alike try and find a story in the sequential withdrawal of numbered balls out of plastic pots.

    The odds of the rehearsal repeating itself again this afternoon are obviously slim but for the record, England were placed in Group E alongside defending world champions Spain, as well as Ivory Coast and South Korea.

    Would Roy Hodgson take that? Looks tricky. But not as tricky as the classic 'Group of Death' thrown up in rehearsals, which was more a group of certain, total, mutually assured destruction.

    Group A saw hosts Brazil up against France, Italy and Australia - three of the last four World Cup winners. And Australia...

  189.  
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcworldcup

    Craig O'Callaghan: It's nonsense wanting to avoid the big teams, it didn't do England any favours in 2010. Let's test ourselves against the best.

    Rian Hoskins: While the World Cup is in South America, I think Germany will win. They have great players in every position unlike Argentina.

    Tadewos W. Mentta: England will be out of the world cup in the first round. Technically poor, overrated players.

  190.  
    GET INVOLVED VIA 81111

    Chris in Croydon: How's this for pessimism - Brazil, England, USA, Holland.

  191. 1431: 
    DRAW ORDER
    World Cup draw

    Here's the plan for who gets pulled out when. Still with me?

    A pre-draw will be held to move one of the European non-seeds (potentially England) to pot 2

    Pot 1 will then be drawn. Brazil will be placed in Group A, with all other seeds drawn sequentially in Groups B-H

    The four South American seeds are temporarily allocated to Pot X and one team is drawn - meaning their group will include the European side moved to Pot 2 in the pre-draw

    The remaining teams in Pot 2 will be then drawn

    This is done sequentially from Group A to H, although groups may be skipped to guarantee geographical separation - i.e. Chile and Ecuador will not be drawn into groups containing South American seeds

    The teams from Pot 3 will then be drawn sequentially from Group A to H

    The teams from Pot 4 will then be drawn sequentially from Group A to H

    Finally, the position within groups (A2, A3, A4, B2, B3, B4 etc) will be drawn for all teams in pots two, three and four. Only then will we know where and when teams will meet

    It's all really quite simple.

  192. 1428: 
    POT 'X'

    Drawing 32 teams from four pots into eight groups of four obviously wasn't dramatic enough for Fifa, so they threw a curve-ball into the mix earlier this week with the announcement of a fifth pot - the mysterious 'pot X'.

    Roy Hodgson's England have been placed in Pot 4 with the other unseeded European qualifiers.

    However, there are nine unseeded European sides and only room for eight, so a pre-draw will take place before the main draw and one country will be moved into Pot 2.

    Still with me? It gets better.

    The European team that is moved to Pot 2 will only be put in a group with one of the four South American seeds. These South American seeds will be put into a temporary Pot X. One of these four teams will be drawn, and that is the group the European team will be put in.

  193. 1426: 

    Come on now! Where's the optimism?

  194. 1426: 
    GET INVOLVED- #englandexpects

    Mark Healey: Germany. Penalties. Heartbreak.

    Elliot Rogers: Scrape. Through. Group.

    Jon Preston: Quarters. Penalties. Out.

  195. 1423: 
    EVERYONE ELSE

    The other 24 teams are split into three pots as follows:

    Pot 2: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chile, Ecuador (seven teams)

    Pot 3: Japan, Iran, South Korea, Australia, United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras

    Pot 4: Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, England, Greece, Italy, Netherlands Portugal, Russia, France (nine teams)

    As there are nine European non-seeds, one of them (potentially England) must be moved to pot 2. This team will be guaranteed to face one of the South America seeds - Brazil, Argentina, Colombia or Uruguay.

    More on that in a moment...

  196. 1421: 
    THE SEEDS
    Oscar

    The eight seeds will be allocated into a group, from B-H. This is because as hosts, Brazil have already been given a place at the top of Group A.

    The other seven seeds to be drawn out of the hat are:

    Spain

    Germany

    Argentina

    Colombia

    Belgium

    Uruguay

    Switzerland

  197. 1420: 
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcworldcup

    Josh Rufus: I have undertaken my own draw during lunch of course! England have ended up with Spain, Ecuador & Australia - yes please!

  198. 1418: 
    NELSON MANDELA TRIBUTES

    Fifa will of course be marking the death of Nelson Mandela during the ceremony, with the former South African president dying last night at the age of 95.

    Back home, it has been confirmed that a minute's applause will be held before kick-off at all 10 weekend Premier League football matches in tribute.

    The first will be ahead of the Manchester United against Newcastle game at 12:45 GMT, followed by six further matches on Saturday, two on Sunday, and Swansea v Hull on Monday.

    The Football Association and Football League have also asked clubs taking part in their respective competitions to hold a minute's applause ahead of their matches this weekend to celebrate the life of Mandela.

    There are 20 FA Cup second round ties being played across the weekend, starting with Port Vale against Salisbury City this evening.

  199. 1412: 
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcworldcup

    Got World Cup fever yet? A mild dose? Know how to pronounce Belo Horizonte? Worked out the climate in Fortaleza?

    Course you have. Don't keep your symptoms to yourself, let us know! You can text in with your name to 81111 (UK Only), tweet us using the hashtag #bbcworldcup or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    We also want you to share your expectations for England at the World Cup, using just three words, by tweeting @BBCSport with #Englandexpects. For example, some of you may write 'Disappointment, Heartbreak, Defeat,' while others may write 'Glory, Excitement, Victory.' Or maybe 'Milner, Cleverley, Heskey.'

    We will include some of the best replies.

  200. 1411: 
    WHO CAN ENGLAND GET?
    Wayne Rooney

    The permutations surrounding the draw are complex. But in a nutshell, it's possible that England could face any of the other 31 teams in the hat.

    And it's certain that they will play one of the eight seeded nations - of whom Switzerland are probably the weakest, with Germany, Brazil, Spain and Argentina the teams to avoid.

  201.  
    Fifa president Sepp Blatter

    "Just a few hours from the Final Draw. Like all fans, I'm looking forward to finding out which teams will play each other in group stage."

  202. 1406: 
    WHEN IS THE DRAW?

    The fun and games get going from around 16:00 GMT, where Roy Hodgson and co will be treated to some Brazilian dancing, singing and possibly even rapping. Wonderful stuff.

    The draw itself is then due to kick-off at around 16:30 GMT - subject to delays, faffing about and technical hitches.

    It will all run smoothly, of course. But it all went wrong in 1982 - check out this video of a young(er) Sepp Blatter getting in a flap...

  203. 1403: 
    World Cup draw tent

    Final preparations are under way for the draw as the world's gaze focuses on the upmarket coastal resort town of Costa do Sauipe in the province of Bahia, approximately 56 miles from the host city of Salvador.

    The draw itself is being held in what is basically a tent. Think Great British Bake-Off on the beach. Which is an idea I might pitch actually.

    Brazilian actors Fernanda Lima and Rodrigo Hilbert host the draw, with singers Margareth Menezes, Olodum and Emicida involved in a lavish opening show, which has been designed to showcase the host nation's natural beauty.

    The balls will be drawn by famous players from previous tournament. These will include England's 1966 hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst, France's Zinedine Zidane, Brazil's Cafu and Italy's Fabio Cannavaro.

  204. 1400: 
    THE BOYS IN BRAZIL
    Neymar

    One hundred and eighty-eight days.

    Four thousand, five hundred and eighteen hours.

    Two hundred and seventy one thousand and eighty minutes.

    Sixteen million, two hundred and sixty-four thousand and eight hundred seconds. Ish.

    That's how long we have to wait until hosts Brazil kick-off the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Sao Paulo.

    Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo, Aguero, Suarez, Muller, Hazard, Falcao, Toure, Modric, Balotelli, Van Persie, Ribery and Welbeck are all waiting patiently to find out just who they will be facing in the biggest sporting event on the planet.

    In a few hours' time we shall all know. It's time for the World Cup Draw...

2014 Fifa World Cup

Fifa World Cup 2014

Live coverage, match highlights, reports and analysis from the Fifa World Cup

Explore the BBC

In Deep Comedy Feeds: In Deep

Two police officers plunge out of their depth when an undercover operation goes wrong