On air: The World Cup Draw – LIVE!

Group A:South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France

Group B: Argentina, South Korea, Nigeria, Greece

Group C: England,USA, Algeria, Slovenia

Group D: Germany, Australia, Ghana, Serbia

Group E: Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon

Group F: Italy, New Zealand, Paraguay, Slovakia

Group G: Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Portugal

Group H: Spain, Honduras, Chile, Switzerland

It’s underway but the bulk of the draw should fall in our time (between 18-19GMT). BBC Sport has live coverage now. Give us your reaction as the names come out of the hat. Here’s what we’ve planned.

1. Tell you the draw. We don’t have rights to broadcast the ceremony, but we’ll have a reporter in Cape Town at the event, and we can tell you the groups as they come out of the hat.

2. Hear your response to the draw (obviously).

3. Answer any questions you have about South Africa’s hosting of the event.

4. Discuss whether all major sporting events should be given to developing nations? India has the Commonwealth Games, Brazil has the Olympics and South Africa has the World Cup. Do their experiences make the case for the wealthiest events being kept away from the wealthiest countries?

…and I’ve a couple of requests for those taking pulling the names out of the hat. No Ivory Coast for England please. And preferably no USA, Ghana or Portugal either. I’d ask for Bafana Bafana (South Africa) but sadly we’re both seeded so that’s not going to happen. Which is a shame as those who land the hosts get to play in a packed and raucous stadium and almost certainly get to win the game as well.

If that seems harsh, I’d refer you to Bafana Bafana’s current position of 80-somethingth in the world ranking. I hope they prove the ratings and me wrong, but I can’t see it.

40 Responses to “On air: The World Cup Draw – LIVE!”

  1. 1 gary
    December 4, 2009 at 14:30

    I’m fairly neutral on sport; but it can be a welcomed relief from reality now and again.

  2. 3 Donnamarie in Switzerland
    December 4, 2009 at 15:31

    I’m not a sports fan but I am a news junky, and the World Cup is certainly news-worthy.

    Even so, and even though the games are not until next year, I’m already thoroughly sick of the whole exercise.

    • 4 Dennis Junior
      December 4, 2009 at 17:55

      I am in complete agreement with DonnaMarie’s remarks about not being a huge sport fan….but, a news-junkie!

      ~Dennis Junior~

  3. 5 Dotun oyesanmi
    December 4, 2009 at 15:36

    As a matter of fact i wil be hapi for Nigeria to be grouped wit any country. Developing countries should only be encouraged and not put under pressure to host big events like this.

  4. December 4, 2009 at 15:37

    It might surprise many to learn that the USA had won a match at the World Cup before England, Germany, and England. All three nations refused to compete at the inaugural World Cup in 1930.

    England lost in their only World Cup match against the USA (0 x 1) at the 1950 competition in Brasil… đŸ˜‰ In fact, English newspapers initially reported the final score as 10 x 0 in favor of the Three Lions. Nobody could believe that an amateur team of Americans could defeat the likes of Alf Ramsey and Billy Wright. Stanley Matthews didn’t play that fateful day in Belo Horizonte.

  5. December 4, 2009 at 15:38

    “… before England, Germany, and Italy.” Please excuse the error.

    • 8 Sefah Welbeck in Ghana
      December 7, 2009 at 16:25

      I thiiiiiiink Ghana will topple the group members with tremendouis points.I hope this time we also could just have the world cup in our own shores.I wish all African countries well especially the host,South Africa,I wish to see them going far and even to the quarter finals.The spirit of the world cup backed by the spirits of our ancestors will forever be inculcated into the histories of all Africans.God bless Africa,God bless Ghana and God bless the Host,South Africa.

  6. 9 Ibrahim in UK
    December 4, 2009 at 16:11

    I’m getting a vibe that we’ll get Japan in our group… and Nigeria and Greece.
    But then again, I’ve avoided poverty by not betting on my vibes!

  7. 10 JanB
    December 4, 2009 at 16:26

    Looks like they put all the big boys in pot 1, so there will be some “surprising” teams in the running up to the semi-finals.

    Germany, Italy, Brazil and the Netherlands would probably make the meanest pool ever.

  8. 11 T
    December 4, 2009 at 17:03

    Anything other than Tiger Woods :)!

  9. 12 T
    December 4, 2009 at 18:11

    A question: would the world really come to an end if the Americans won the World Cup?

  10. 14 stephen/portland
    December 4, 2009 at 18:16

    Can’t wait to see whom Scotland End up with.

    What do you mean we never qualified!

  11. 16 Ibrahim in UK
    December 4, 2009 at 18:32

    Hi JanB,
    There will be 8 groups. Each group will have 4 teams. 1 team from each pot.
    So the teams in pot 1 won’t play against each other in the first round.
    I think there are also some other rules also in the draw.
    There should probably be an explanation or link to explain how the draw works and all the various scenarios that are

  12. 17 Ibrahim in UK
    December 4, 2009 at 18:32

    Hi JanB,
    There will be 8 groups. Each group will have 4 teams. 1 team from each pot.
    So the teams in pot 1 won’t play against each other in the first round.
    I think there are also some other rules also in the draw.
    There should probably be an explanation or link to explain how the draw works and all the various scenarios that are catered for.

  13. 18 Nate, Portland OR
    December 4, 2009 at 19:05

    the bulk of the draw should fall in our time (between 18-19GMT).

    the way the selection show is going we’ll be lucky if they’re done by the time I go to bed (its 10 am here…)

  14. 19 JanB
    December 4, 2009 at 19:10

    Thank you Ibrahim, I’ll look it up.

  15. 20 Tom D Ford
    December 4, 2009 at 19:40

    Well, it is interesting to hear folks talking about something that I never have paid attention to.

  16. 21 Busegi
    December 4, 2009 at 19:42

    I look forward to the world cup being hosted in Africa already, and I am sure there will be some interesting surprises. Go Africa !

  17. 22 Jeroen
    December 4, 2009 at 19:48

    No comments from South Africa yet? Here’s one then. I’m no big football fan but am looking forward to seeing Mexicans and other flood the streets of my hometown, Johannesburg.

  18. 23 Will (CT, USA)
    December 4, 2009 at 19:49

    I had big hopes for Ivroy Coast,bnow they’re really up against it. USA to easily go through, second best.

  19. 24 Alex
    December 4, 2009 at 19:49

    Wow Ghana is really going have a tough time coming out of their group but it is still favourable than the group of death (ie Group seven) soo fair draw i think!!!

  20. 25 Andrew Morris
    December 4, 2009 at 19:49

    interesting groups, and a fairly balanced one on the whole giving every nation a chance.

    England, the US and Australia (three teams I’ll be following closely as I’ve lived in those countries) have strong chances of making a decent run, which will be interesting.

    Glad to see that we should avoid a few of England’s nemesis until deep into the tournament.

    BRING IT ON!!!

  21. 26 Luz Ma from Mexico
    December 4, 2009 at 19:52

    đŸ˜¦ we are against the host…

  22. 27 Akash
    December 4, 2009 at 19:52

    As a brit living and studying in the states i’m absolutely buzzing from that!
    Mates keep mentioning 1776, but i haven’t a clue….

  23. 28 Dimitri from Serbia
    December 4, 2009 at 20:04

    Tough group for us. Up against Ghana and Germany straight away and a tricky game with Australia. If we get through as second we could be up against England. Somehow we need to win. Ouch!

  24. 29 Ben Lowry
    December 4, 2009 at 20:05

    Drogba and/or Ronaldo could be out in the 1st round!
    As a Liverpool fan i gotta say, that’s quality!

  25. December 4, 2009 at 20:10

    Not a bad draw at all. Tough enough to wake the players up but hopefully easy enough to win the group. I do stress the word ‘hopefully’, we all know what England can be like.

  26. 31 JanB
    December 4, 2009 at 20:30

    Wow! Us Dutchmen got an easy pool for a change and the host country is pretty much toast already.

    I’m looking forward to more surprises.

  27. 32 Ibrahim in UK
    December 4, 2009 at 20:57

    I think you’re missing a nation in Group E (Denmark? … unless that spot’s reserved for Ireland)

  28. 33 brent
    December 4, 2009 at 21:53

    New Zealand Fan here, i fancy our chances of getting out of the group stages for the first time ever. Then all we have to do is beat Brazil and we’re into the 1/4 finals, simple!

  29. 34 T
    December 4, 2009 at 22:38

    Looks like a strong mix overall.

    IYO, who’s the strongest challenger to England?

  30. 35 Fazeela from Trinidad
    December 5, 2009 at 01:04

    Watched the draw live. It could be a World Cup of upsets. Italy, the team I support haven’t been playing well but they should get to the second round from their group. Can’t wait for June 11, 2010 for the games to begin!

  31. 36 claudine
    December 5, 2009 at 01:24

    How boring.

    Thats exactly why there is so much cheating and corruption. Because TV pays too much attention to foozball.

  32. 38 Abdi in Mandera Kenya
    December 6, 2009 at 10:29

    This draw favours african nations

  33. 39 T
    December 7, 2009 at 00:47

    I know that Five Live has an American MSL commentator on. He politely tries to explain why football still hasn’t taken off Stateside.

    The truth is the corporate networks won’t put it on prime time UNTIL somebody else takes the risk. And shows that yes there really is an audience and profit to be made.

    Which means that the arrogance of the sports MSM will keep going. And Sean the Commentator Guy will have to stick to doing overnight guest spots on Five Live.

  34. 40 rono silas
    December 7, 2009 at 10:23

    this draw is really amazing,ghana are the only africa country to have a favourable pool but we still have hope in ivory coast.

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