Thursday December 5 2013
Prandelli scoffs at World Cup draw

Cesare Prandelli reveals he and Didier Deschamps “did not enjoy” seeing Italy paired with France in a World Cup draw rehearsal.

The Azzurri boss told Rai Sport how he felt when flying over to Costa do Sauipe, in Bahia, for tomorrow’s official draw.

“The virtual draw yesterday was a little game I did not enjoy. The Coach of France, Deschamps, was sitting next to me on the flight and he didn’t enjoy it either.”

Italy were picked in Group A with Brazil, France and Australia, something all four nations will be hoping doesn’t repeat itself in the real thing on Friday at 16.00 GMT, though the draw itself is not expected until 16.45 GMT.

The draw will be performed by legends Fabio Cannavaro, Ronaldo, Marcos Cafu, Zinedine Zidane, Lothar Matthaus, Mario Kempes, Alcides Ghiggia and reportedly also Pele.

“I’d say FIFA should reconsider the draw issue in future, especially as I’ve been told we are now seventh in the world ranking again. That makes it a bizarre situation.”

Italy face a potentially very tough draw because they are not top seeds, despite qualifying with two rounds to spare and reaching the Euro 2012 Final, though Switzerland and Belgium are seeded. 

The FIFA world ranking from November was used to calculate the seeding, though since then Italy have climbed. Holland have also protested that France were bumped up a position in the seeding despite going through the play-offs.