Groups will be decided as teams are drawn from four glass pots. (Gianluigi Guercia/Agence France-Presse -- Getty Images)
The 32 participating nations will learn their fate in Costa do Sauipe on Friday, so Goal is giving you the run-down on what to expect from what promises to be a dramatic event
When Is the Draw?
With the 2014 World Cup kicking off in just 187 days, the focus of the football world is slowly turning towards the draw for next summer's tournament, with national team coaches desperate to find out who their group opponents will be.
The highly-anticipated event will take place on Friday, December 6 in Costa do Sauipe in the Brazilian state of Bahia, a wildly popular holiday location, and it should make for compelling and dramatic viewing.
The show is scheduled to start at 13:00 local time (17:00CET) and will be presented by Brazilian actors Fernanda Lima and Rodrigo Hilbert, with artists such as Margareth Menezes, Olodum, Alcione and Emicida providing the entertainment.
Additionally, World Cup legends Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Mario Kempes, Lothar Matthaus, Zinedine Zidane and Geoff Hurst will all be involved in the draw itself.
You can watch the draw live on the Goal homepage by clicking the 'expand' button on the World Cup 2014 draw banner.
When Is the World Cup Itself?
Next summer's tournament kicks off on June 12 in Sao Paulo with hosts Brazil already pencilled in as one of the two participants in the opening game.
The group stage comes to an end on June 26, with the final two Group H clashes to take place that evening.
The first games of the round of 16 will be held only two days later in Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro, with the first knockout stage of the competition set to conclude on July 1.
The four quarter-finals will then be staged on July 4 and 5, while the semi-finals take place on July 8 and 9.
The 2014 World Cup winners will be crowned on July 13 in Rio de Janeiro.
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