Wednesday December 4 2013
Italy with Brazil and France

Italy will be hoping Friday’s World Cup draw doesn’t resemble the rehearsal, or they’d face Brazil, France and Australia.

The 2014 World Cup effectively begins on Friday with the draw for the tournament in Costa de Sauipe at 16.00 GMT.

Journalists at the rehearsal this evening confirmed ex-Roma and Milan star Marcos Cafu will draw the seeded teams, while Zinedine Zidane picks the African and two South American sides.

The simulation provided an extraordinary Group of Death, as Group A had Brazil, France, Australia and Italy.

The opening game of the tournament would be Brazil-France.

Group B was Uruguay, Nigeria, USA and Croatia.

Group C had Argentina, Ghana, Costa Rica and Fabio Capello’s Russia.

Group D in the rehearsal was Switzerland, Chile, Alberto Zaccheroni’s Japan and Greece.

Group E was Spain, Ivory Coast, South Korea and England.

Group F is Colombia, Cameroon, Honduras and Holland.

Group G had Germany, Ecuador, Iran and Portugal.

Group H provided Belgium, Algeria, Mexico and Bosnia.

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