RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The 2014 World Cup has officially begun, with the United States being drawn with Jamaica in qualifying for the North, Central America and Caribbean region for the tournament in Brazil.
The African teams were divided in 10 groups for qualifying matches beginning in November. South Africa, last year’s World Cup host, was drawn in Group A along with Botswana. Ghana, the best African team last year, is in Group D with Zambia and Sudan.
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The other two teams in the group from North and Central America and the Caribbean will come from preliminary qualifying games. Those games involve Haiti, Guatemala, the U.S. Virgin Islands and five other nations.
African and Asian nations also learned their opponents as they vie for berths in the soccer showcase in three years. Only host Brazil has an automatic spot in the 32-team tournament.