World Cup: Draw on Dec. 6 is essential for World Cup hopefuls

Luck of the draw

November 14, 2013
By Jacob Nitzberg

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FOR MANY TEAMS with tickets punched to the World Cup, the most crucial 90 minutes could come down to the made-for-TV draw on Dec. 6. Consider this: According to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index, 27 of the 32 projected teams could see their hopes of advancing to the knockout rounds swing by 32 percentage points or more based on their draw. Here’s where each team lands on the scale of draw dependency.

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