COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) — The eyes of football focused nervously Friday on the draw to determine where, when and, most importantly, who the 32 teams will play at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The draw ceremony, being televised live to more than 190 countries, starts at 1 p.m. (1600 GMT) in the Atlantic beach resort of Costa do Sauipe, in a security lock-down for the 1,300 guests and 2,000 reporters.
The draw will divide the 32 teams into eight groups — labelled A to H — of four teams each. The basic principle of pulling names from hats has been used by governing body FIFA for decades and was first televised in 1966.
The 90-minute show will be part-showbiz, with musical performances, and part-World Cup practicality. The draw itself will take about 35 minutes,