2014 World Cup group stage draw: highlights

By Thomas Oakey REUTERS
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Cafu draws Brazil

All the best moments and biggest names from the 2014 World Cup group stage draw in Rio de Janeiro See Gallery

Former Brazil captain Cafu holds the slip showing "Brazil" during the draw for the 2014 World Cup. The hosts were drawn in Group A alongside Croatia, Mexico and Uruguay.

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Zinedine Zidane

Former soccer great and World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane of France arrives for the draw ceremony.

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Lothar Matthaeus and Fabio Cannavaro

Former soccer greats and World Cup winners Lothar Matthaeus of Germany (L) and Fabio Cannavaro of Italy arrive for the draw.

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Jürgen Klinsmann

USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann arrives for the draw for the 2014 World Cup at the Costa do Sauipe resort. The German World Cup winner would later be drawn in a group with Germany.

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Cafu

Cafu from Brazil smiles as he arrives for the draw ceremony.

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Pelé

Three-time Brazilian World Cup winner Pelé waves to the crowd ahead of proceedings in Brazil.

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Draw hosts

Brazilian actress Fernanda Lima, left, and Brazilian actor Rodrigo Hilbert prepare to host the draw ceremony for the 2014 World Cup.

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Michel Platini

UEFA President Michel Platini waits for the beginning of the draw ceremony.

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Brazil President Dilma Rousseff

FIFA President Sepp Blatter (R) and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff address the spectators during the draw ceremony for the 2014 World Cup.

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The draw pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

The draw featured a tribute to former South Africa president Nelson Mandela, who passed away on December 5, 2013.

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Pre-draw enetertainment

Brazilian singers Alcione (R) and Emicida perform during the draw for the 2014 World Cup.

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Vicente del Bosque

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque, who coached La Roja to glory in 2010, holds the World Cup trophy at the draw.

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Ronaldo

Former Brazil soccer player Ronaldo, a two-time World Cup winner, walks past the World Cup trophy on stage.

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World Cup mascot Fuleco

Brazil international Marta and former Brazilian soccer player Bebeto (R) introduce the World Cup mascot Fuleco during the draw.

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Argentina are drawn

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke holds the slip showing "Argentina" during the draw for the 2014 World Cup. The two-time winners of the World Cup were drawn in Group F.

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Roy Hodsgon

England's head coach Roy Hodgson (R) chats with soccer coaches during the draw for the 2014 World Cup. England were placed into Group D alongside Uruguay, Costa Rica and Italy.

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Cesare Prandelli

Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli looks on during the draw for the 2014 World Cup.

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Oscar Washington Tabarez

Uruguay's coach Oscar Washington Tabarez attends the draw for the 2014 World Cup.

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Jose Pekerman

Colombia's coach Jose Pekerman (2nd L) witnesses his side drawn alongslide Greece, Japan and the Ivory Coast in World Cup group C.

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Joachim Löw

Germany coach Joachim Low (C) looks on intensely during the draw for the 2014 World Cup. His side will face Portugal in their opening Group G fixture, before taking on Ghana and the USA.

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The draw takes place

The groups for the 2014 World Cup finals are shown on the screen after the draw was made at the Costa do Sauipe resort in Sao Joao da Mata, Bahia state.

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World Cup coaches gather

Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari (back 3rd L) looks on as he joins other soccer coaches for a group photo during the draw for the 2014 World Cup.

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Sepp Blatter joins the World Cup coaches

FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures as several international head coaches look on during the draw for the 2014 World Cup.

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Fabio Capello and Sepp Blatter

Russia's coach Fabio Capello (L) chats with FIFA President Sepp Blatter during the draw for the 2014 World Cup.

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Group G takes shape

The teams in Group G for the 2014 World Cup finals are shown on the screen after the draw was made.