met at the 2010 final, referee Howard Webb showed a record 14 yellow cards, two leading to red for the Netherlands’ John Heitinga.
Brazil starts its campaign for a sixth World Cup title with an opener against Croatia. Mexico and Cameroon are also in the group. Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan are in Group C, with Uruguay, Costa Rica, England and Italy in a strong Group D. One of the easiest groups on paper looked to be E, with Switzerland, Ecuador, France and Honduras. Russia, host of the next World Cup, is in Group H with Belgium, Algeria and Korea.