The world cup basics.
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The world cup is a footballing competition between 32 teams that went through a qualifying round based on their location in the world. The 32 teams are seeded and drawn into a group of 4 which the 2 teams with the greatest amount of points qualify from to the knockout stages of the tournaments.These groups are :
Group A: South Africa, France, Uruguay, Mexico
Group B: Korea Republic, Argentina, Greece, Nigeria
Group C: USA, England, Algeria, Slovenia
Group D: Germany, Australia, Ghana, Serbia
Group E: Japan, Netherlands, Cameroon, Denmark
Group F:Paraguay, Italy,Slovakia, New Zealand
Group G: Portugal, Ivory Coast, Brazil, Korea DPR
Group H: Spain, Honduras, Chile, Switzerland
After the group stage is finished 16 teams continue to the next round with the winners of A playing the runners-up in B and the runners-up in A playing the winners in B. This happens with all the groups so C is paired with D , E with F and G with H.
The winners continue on to the quarter finals then to the semi-finals. The winners of the semi-final go into the final and the losers go into the 3rd place play-off.
The current champions are Italy who beat France 5-3 on penalties in the final in 2006 in Berlin, Germany.