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