The 2010 World Cup defending champion Spain will open 2014 World Cup play with a rematch vs. the Netherlands while host country Brazil will kick off vs. Croatia it was determined after the draw ceremony which opened with a tribute to Nelson Mandela.

Brazil drew Group A along with Mexico, Croatia and Cameroon; Spain drew Group B also with Chile, Australia and Netherlands.

Colombia, Ivory Coast, Japan and Greece are in Group C. Uruguay, Italy, Costa Rica and England are in Group D. Switzerland, Honduras, Ecuador and France are in Group E.

Argentina, Nigeria, Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina are in Group F. Argentina will open vs. the debutante Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Group G has Germany, Ghana, United States and Portugal. Belgium, Korean Republic, Algeria and Russia are in Group H.

Mexico will debut against Cameroon while the United States will take on their 2010 conquerors, Ghana, in the opener. Spain will open vs. the Netherlands.

In Group D, Italy will debut vs. England.

The United States will play Ghana, Portugal and Germany in a tough first-round group.

Making their seventh straight appearance at soccer's showcase, the Americans were drawn into Group G and will open on June 16 in Natal against Ghana, which eliminated the Americans from the last two World Cups.