Mundial 2014: Greece Handed a Balanced Group


The highly anticipated draw for the final stage of World Cup 2014 that will take place the forthcoming summer in Brazil, brought Greece in Group C along with Colombia, Japan and Ivory Coast. The event took place in Bahia, Brazil.

Greece was handed a balanced group in today’s draw. The Greek national team managed to avoid tougher opponents such as Brazil, Spain or Argentina but its group opponents should not be underestimated. The absence of a big name in the group will make many believe that the progress in the knock-out phase is certain for Greece, but this is not right. It is a tricky draw with disciplined and quality teams. Ivory Coast, Japan and Colombia are teams with experience in World Cup games with continuous appearances in the final stages, consisting of high-caliber players such as Didier Drogba, Kagawa, Falcao.

The Greek national team has great opportunity to progress to the next stage if the team plays at its best. Greece starts its group matches against Columbia on Saturday June 14. On Thursday June 19, the Greek national team will face Japan and on Tuesday June 24 Greece will face Ivory Coast. The first two teams that will progress from the group will face those that will qualify from the tough group D, in which there are three teams that have history in the competition, having lifted the famous trophy at least once. The teams drawn from Group D are Italy, Costa Rica, England and Uruguay.

The detailed groups are:

Group A: Brazil, Cameroon, Mexico, Croatia

Group B: Spain, Chile, Australia, Netherlands

Group C: Colombia, Ivory Coast, Japan, Greece

Group D: Uruguay, Italy, Costa Rica, England

Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, Honduras, France

Group F: Argentina, Nigeria, Iran, Bosnia

Group G: Germany, Ghana, U.S.A, Portugal

Group H: Belgium, Algeria, South Korea, Russia


  1. Much of how Greece advances in the World Cup depends upon the officiating. If it becomes politicized like the UEFA Euro 2012 matches with officials tilting the pitch towards the opposition it will be a brief appearance. Highly questionable Yellow Cards against key Greek players caused an uproar. But without the leverage necessary and the stigma of Euro-politics, Greece is already handicapped before the first whistle is even blown. In this regard the Greece should demand officials be from non-European nations.


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