March 11, 2014
2014 World Cup draw: Argentina to debut against Bosnia
Names or the 31 countries that qualified for the 2014 World Cup and host nation Brazil were plucked today from bowls one by one in a globally televized extravaganza to determine where, when and, most importantly, who they will play in Brazil next June at football’s showcase tournament. Argentina will debut on June 15 against Bosnia in Rio de Janeiro.
With Group F, the national football team headed by coach Alejandro Sabella will be facing Iran on June 24 in Belo Horizonte and Nigeria in Porto Alegre on June 25.
For Sabella these are good news. “It has been a positive draw," Sabella told reporters after Argentina’s rivals were confirmed today. “Another situation would have been tougher,” the coach agreed and added that the main goal his players will have will be to “classify” the first round. “Game by game,” he said.
Host nation Brazil will kick off the World Cup against Croatia in Sao Paulo on June 12, while holders Spain and 2010 runners-up Netherlands will meet again in the group stages.
Brazil were grouped with Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon while Spain and the Dutch have a tough Group B which also contains Chile and Australia.
The complicated draw procedure also put England, Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica together in Group D, but most of the big soccer nations will be happy with the outcome.
The final is in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.