The World Cup 2014 fixtures have been announced and they have everyone intrigued. It is something that fans had been waiting for. They wanted to see whit whom their favorite teams will be playing with. The FA says that it is very relaxed after they drawn the fixtures of every team. But all eyes are on the opening of England with Italy. With such odd timings, the fans are concerned about the effect that it will have on the players, however locals may not be so much aware of the problem.
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England will be facing Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in the first group stage of the World-Cup 2014 which means that Roy Hodgson’s team will have to be prepared for their games. They will start their campaign on the 15th of June against la Squadra Azzurra.
Then there comes Brazil that will meet Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon in their quest for the title. Their opening match will be against Croatia on the 12th of June. On the other hand, there is the title defending team, Spain. Spain will be playing Netherlands, Chile and Australia. This seems something that Spain has nothing to worry about but you could never know the odds in football.
France has a good reputation for the World Cups and the 1998 winners have been placed in the group with Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras. This group is the opposite of the Group of Death and is apparently the weakest group.
Argentina is in group F, and placed among Bosnia, Iran or Nigeria. However Germany which is ranked number two in the World must go through Ghana, United States and Portugal in which Cristiano Ronaldo will be face to face with the team. Russia on the other hand has been announced in Group H with South Korea, Algeria and Belgium.
So this is the situation that every country is in, and as with the tradition of every World Cup, the team that wants to excel into the next phase, the knockout round, will have to end up as the top two in their group.