World Cup: Group seeds are set for FIFA World Cup Draw on December 6 in Bahia

Switzerland

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The eight seeds for the 2014 World Cup groups are set.

The October edition of the FIFA World Rankings were released on Thursday and the top seven teams on the list will be joining Brazil in Pot 1 when the World Cup draw takes place on December 6 in Bahia.

Spain (No. 1), Germany (No. 2), Argentina (No. 3), Colombia (No. 4), Belgium (No. 5), Uruguay (No. 6) and Switzerland (No. 7) are the other seven nations that will join the hosts as top seeds.

But there's a catch: If Uruguay do not advance to the 2014 World Cup after their intercontinental playoff against Jordan (ranked No. 70) in November, the Netherlands (No. 8) would take their spot.

The big move was made by Switzerland, who jumped seven spots from last month's ranking after wins over Slovenia and Albania earned them first place in their group in Europe (above). Their rise also bumped Italy, whose home draw vs. Armenia saw them drop to No. 9 and outside the World Cup seeding range.

32 NATIONS QUALIFIED TO THE 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP

Brazil
USA
Costa Rica
Honduras
Iran
Korea Republic
Japan
Australia
Argentina
Colombia
Ecuador
Chile
Belgium
Italy
Germany
Netherlands
Switzerland
Russia
Bosnia-Herzegovina
England
Spain
Burkina Faso or Algeria (Nov. 19)
Ivory Coast or Senegal (Nov. 16)
Ethiopia or Nigeria (Nov. 16)
Tunisia or Cameroon (Nov. 17)
Ghana or Egypt (Nov. 19)
Mexico or New Zealand (Nov. 13/14 and Nov. 20)
Uruguay or Jordan (Nov. 13/14 and Nov. 20)
Croatia, Sweden, Romania, Iceland, Portugal, Greece, Ukraine or France
Croatia, Sweden, Romania, Iceland, Portugal, Greece, Ukraine or France
Croatia, Sweden, Romania, Iceland, Portugal, Greece, Ukraine or France
Croatia, Sweden, Romania, Iceland, Portugal, Greece, Ukraine or France


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