Tomorrow evening Netherlands will find out their opponents for next summers World Cup when the group draw is made in Brazil.

  • By Michael Bell
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world cup drawThe draw procedure starts at 4pm UK time, with stars such as Zinedine Zidane, Cafu, and Fabio Cannavaro involved in sorting the 32 nations into eight groups of four.

All 32 countries have been separated into four pots, with pot one containing the eight highest ranked teams, while Netherlands sit in pot four.

Pots are as follows:

Pot one: Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Belguim

Pot Two: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Algeria, Cameroon, Chile, Ecuador

Pot Three: USA, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras

Pot Four: Netherlands, France, Bosnia, England, Portugal, Croatia, Russia, Greece, Italy

One of the teams from pot four, will be drawn into pot two at the start of the ceremony, and with only two European sides allowed in the same group, the nation picked can only face a South American opponent from Pot one.

In the draw rehearsal on Wednesday, Netherlands were selected in a group to face Colombia, Honduras, and Cameroon, which would no doubt have been almost perfect for national team coach Louis van Gaal.

Worse case scenario for the Dutch would be to get drawn into pot two, then into a group with Brazil/Argentina, Japan, and one of the big European nations such as Italy, Portugal, France or England.

Best case scenario for Netherlands, would be a group consisting of Switzerland, Algeria, and Iran, which would make the Dutch heavy favourites to qualify for the knockout stages.

There is no doubt that tomorrow will be a nervous wait for all the nations involved, so make sure you keep up to date with all the action from the draw on the Football Oranje twitter account, follow it here.




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