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Toughest 2014 World Cup group draws ranked by Soccer Power Index


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Cred: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier we ranked the 2014 World Cup groups based on the FIFA World Rankings at the time of the draw (Dec. 6). The U.S. Men’s National Team’s group, Group G, was the toughest using that formula, boasting a composite ranking of 11.25.

Following Group G was Group D, with a composite ranking of 14.25.

Now it’s time to take a look at how the groups rank based on the Soccer Power Index (SPI) used by ESPN.

  • Group A – Brazil (1), Croatia (31), Mexico (26), Cameroon (39); Composite ranking: 24.25
  • Group B – Spain (3), Netherlands (9), Chile (5), Australia (53); Composite ranking: 17.5
  • Group C – Colombia (6), Greece (23), Ivory Coast (18), Japan (32); Composite ranking: 19.75
  • Group D – Uruguay (8), Italy (13), England (10), Costa Rica (25); Composite ranking: 14
  • Group E – Switzerland (22), France (7), Ecuador (11), Honduras (33); Composite ranking: 18.25
  • Group F – Argentina (2), Bosnia-Herzgovina (14), Iran (38), Nigeria (28); Composite ranking: 20.5
  • Group G – Germany (4), Portugal (16), USA (17), Ghana (24); Composite ranking: 15.25
  • Group H – Belgium (12), Algeria (69), Russia (15), South Korea (37); Composite ranking: 33.25

Utilizing the SPI, Group D and Group G flip spots atop the rankings for toughest draws. Following is the ranking, from toughest to easiest:

  1. Group D: 14
  2. Group G: 15.25
  3. Group B: 17.5
  4. Group E: 18.25
  5. Group C: 19.75
  6. Group F: 20.5
  7. Group A: 24.25
  8. Group H: 33.25

You can compare these rankings to the FIFA World Rankings’ composite here.

2014 World Cup: Ten facts on U.S. Men’s National Team’s group draw

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