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FIFA World Cup Final Draw Notes

U.S. Men’s National Team
2010 FIFA World Cup Final Draw Notes
Cape Town, South Africa
Dec. 3, 2009

FUTURE TENSE: The dust has settled on the qualifying campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the stage is set for the 32 participating nations to learn who they will face in the first round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The U.S. Men’s National Team will learn its opponents, match dates and venues for the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Friday, Dec. 4 at the Final Draw. The draw will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, and will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 12 p.m. ET and on Univision beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Fans can also follow the draw live online with’s DrawTracker and at The U.S. was placed into Pot 2 for the draw, along with fellow CONCACAF qualifiers Mexico and Honduras, the qualifying teams from Asia and Oceania qualifier New Zealand.

Pot 1: South Africa (hosts), Argentina, Brazil, England, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain
Pot 2: Australia, Honduras, Japan, Korea DPR, Korea Republic, Mexico, New Zealand, United States
Pot 3: Algeria, Cameroon, Chile, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Paraguay, Uruguay
Pot 4: Denmark, France, Greece, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland

IN A NUTSHELL - A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FIFA WORLD CUP DRAW: Since 1990, the United States' first FIFA World Cup in 40 years, the draw has always brought something new and a little bit unexpected. Be it three European opponents, facing the hosts in the opener or a first-round match up against a new African qualifier, the final round draw is always eventful. While the world awaits the results of Friday's draw from Cape Town, South Africa, takes a glimpse back to the history of the balls in the pots.

World Cup Draw By The Numbers

42 — Goals scored by the U.S. in World Cup qualifying, the most out of any team attempting to qualify for the World Cup
19 — Average FIFA ranking of all possible teams the U.S. could draw
15 — Times the U.S. has played Brazil, the most out of any World Cup participants that can be drawn with the U.S.
11 — Teams ranked higher than the U.S. in the tournament, any one of which can be drawn against the U.S.
7 — Teams that advanced to the World Cup after going undefeated in qualifying: finalists Côte d’Ivoire, Germany, Italy, Korea Republic, Nigeria, Spain and the Netherlands
7 — Teams in Pot 1 ranked higher than the U.S., of which only one can be drawn
6 — Consecutive World Cup appearances by seven finalist teams. The United States, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Korea Republic and Spain have all successfully qualified for every World Cup over the last 20 years
5 — Previous World Cups where the U.S. has been drawn into a group with two European teams, even drawing three during the 1990 World Cup that had only 24 teams in the tournament
3 — Times the U.S. has drawn Italy in its World Cup group, the most out of any nation
2 — Times the U.S. has drawn the host country in its group since 1990, losing 1-0 to Italy in 1990 and drawing 1-1 with Korea Republic in 2002
1 — Number of African nations the U.S. has drawn in previous World Cups (Ghana, 2006)
0 — Times the U.S. has played Algeria and Slovenia in any competition, the only two teams in the tournament the U.S. has never faced

10-43-2 — U.S. all-time record vs. Pot 1 Teams
30-39-17 — U.S. all-time record vs. Pot 2 Teams*
9-8-6 — U.S. all-time record vs. Pot 3 Teams
4-8-8 — U.S. all-time record vs. Pot 4 Teams

2-0-0 — Best record against a Pot 1 team (South Africa)
2-0-0 — Best record against a Pot 2 team (New Zealand)*
1-0-0 — Best record against a Pot 3 team (Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria)
2-2-1 — Best record against a Pot 4 team (Portugal)

9-34-11 — U.S. all-time record vs. UEFA World Cup finalists
10-27-6 — U.S. all-time record vs. CONMEBOL World Cup finalists
4-1-1 — U.S. all-time record vs. CAF World Cup finalists
26-33-14 — U.S. all-time record vs. CONCACAF World Cup finalists*
2-6-3 — U.S. all-time record vs. AFC World Cup finalists*
2-0-0 — U.S. all-time record vs. OFC World Cup Finalist New Zealand*

*By virtue of being placed in the same pot, the U.S. cannot be drawn against any of these teams

PRE-DRAW THOUGHTS FROM U.S. COACH BOB BRADLEY: With the pots released, the only step left is to pick the teams on Friday. U.S. MNT head coach Bob Bradley spoke with about the United States’ placement into Pot 2 and about the next step for the U.S. on the road to South Africa (audio).

U.S. MNT PLAYERS AWAIT THEIR OPPONENTS: U.S. MNT head coach Bob Bradley isn’t the only one waiting to hear his squad’s opponents at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. U.S. players reflect on past draws and look ahead to Friday, where they will learn their first-round fate (video).

RECOLLECTING THE DRAW: Before Friday’s Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, caught up with three veterans of the process who have experienced the draw from multiple perspectives. See what Peter Vermes, Cobi Jones and veteran soccer scribe Michael Lewis remember about previous draws.

ALL IN - THE WORLD PREPARES FOR THE FIFA WORLD CUP DRAW: Part entertainment and part logistics, the FIFA World Cup Final Draw is surely one of the most exciting parts of the World Cup cycle. And the U.S. team is likely to get a difficult one. But that’s what’s supposed to happen. It’s the World Cup, after all. Representatives of all 32 countries that survived the often gruesome qualifying process will come together in their Sunday best (or in this case, their Friday best) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, on Dec. 4 to find out where, when and against whom they will begin their run to soccer’s greatest prize. Join in a look at what the draw could hold for any team involved, and the U.S. in particular.

CAPE TOWN CRUSADES, BLOG-STYLE: With the U.S. MNT focusing on the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Draw, it is only natural the MNT Blog returns for a behind-the-scenes look at the most anticipated event of 2009, which determines the fate of the 32 participating teams in 2010. Check out the blog to learn the lay of the land ahead of the draw and find out who the blog hitched a ride with from the airport to the hotel.

NIKE SOCCER PRESENTS “LIVE WITH LANDON AND TEAMMATES”: U.S. MNT midfielder Landon Donovan and a few of his teammates, including Jonathan Bornstein, Clint Dempsey and Robbie Rogers, will be joined by a special guest live on Facebook beginning at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 4. Fans can submit their questions at Nike Soccer’s Facebook page and watch the streamed event live at:

BE OFFICIAL WHEN YOU’RE WATCHING: Perhaps you weren’t able to hop on a not-so-quick flight to South Africa to watch the FIFA Final Draw in person. What’s the next best thing to watching celebrities and dignitaries pick ping-pong balls out of glass bowls? Watching it at an Official U.S. Soccer Bar surrounded by your fellow fans! Bars across the U.S. are becoming the destination spots to gather and watch your U.S. teams in an atmosphere that is loud and rowdy. Check the latest listings for the Official U.S. Soccer Bar in your area where you can watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final Draw on Friday, Dec. 4 starting at noon ET.