FIFA rankings to reveal WCup top seeds
October 16, 2013
New Sportsbook.com customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!
GENEVA (AP) - Brazil vs. Italy. Twice a World Cup final, it could be the opening match of the World Cup.
And the second match the next day could be a 2010 final repeat: Spain vs. the Netherlands.
The tournament's top eight teams will be separated so they can't meet until the knockout stage of the soccer tournament. Those teams will be chosen based on the FIFA rankings that come out on Thursday.
Host Brazil will be the seed in Group A, and the next seven will be taken from the top of the rankings. That means less prestigious teams such as Switzerland, Belgium and Colombia are likely to be considered the ``top'' teams in their groups, while 2006 champion Italy and 2010 runner-up the Netherlands will not.
Other likely seeds include Spain, Germany, and Argentina, plus Uruguay if the 2010 semifinalists can qualify by beating Jordan in a playoff.
The Associated Press News Service
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10%
off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20%
off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000
Member Plays each month!