The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is approaching and the draw has been made. And after every World Cup draw, a debate ensues as to which group is deemed the "group of death." Quickly many proclaimed Group B, with Spain and the Netherlands to be the one, but our analysis shows that in fact Group G is this tournament's deadliest. Let us know your thoughts.
Thirty-one of the 32 teams in the World Cup qualified for the finals by competing in regional tournaments held within six Fifa continental zones (as the host country, Brazil qualified automatically). Twenty-three of Fifa's 24 top-ranked countries have made the final field.
Which team has the hardest schedule in the group stage?
Australia were handed the most difficult set of matches, and the USA weren't very far behind with the third toughest schedule, pitting American coach Jürgen Klinsmann against Germany for a final group-stage match. England have the 10th hardest schedule, beginning the tournament against perennial powerhouses Italy.
Despite being widely recognized as the "group of death," Group B has lower average ranking points than Group G. Number 59 ranked Australia are the weakest team in the tournament and brought down Group B's overall average, while Group G has more parity, with number two ranked Germany at the top and number 24 ranked Ghana at the bottom.
It's no surprise that Spain versus the Netherlands is the strongest individual match in the group stages, but USA have two matches in the top seven and England have two in the top 10.