COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AFP) - Reigning champions Spain will begin their defence of the World Cup with a rematch of the 2010 final against the Netherlands, while England were paired with Italy in Friday's draw.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - Hosts Brazil will play Croatia in the opening match of the 2014 World Cup on June 12. Reigning champions Spain will take on the Netherlands in their opener, in what is a rematch of the 2010 final. And England's first group game is against Italy in tropical Manaus - just where Roy Hodgson was hoping not to go.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AFP) - Brazil will host the greatest-ever World Cup football next June and July, President Dilma Rousseff said as Friday's draw ceremony got under way.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) - Nelson Mandela has been remembered with a video tribute to open the World Cup draw ceremony.
LONDON (AFP) - The English Premier League has announced that this weekend's football matches will be preceded by a minute's applause in memory of former South Africa president Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday.