With Poland and Ukraine being first seeds due to hosting the Cup, we probably should have waited 4 more years to win the WC so we wouldn't have been the best seeded team because the teams in the 2nd pot have 50% of getting an easier group than us. It's a conspiracy I tells ya. The divided pots for the draw: Pot 1: España, Ukraine, Poland, Holland Pot 2: Germany, Russia, England, Italy Pot 3: Portugal, Sweden, Croacia, Greece Pot 4: Denmark, Ireland, France, Chzechs For me the biggest contenders are us, Germany and Holland. We won't be playing the Dutch, and I'm not sure if it's a good or bad thing to get the Germans in the group stage. If we do we wouldn't necessarily need to beat them to advance plus we wouldn't meet them again until the final if both teams manage to get there (unless there's a Korea/Japan type of schedule to keep host nations in their own country again) Then again the group might already be difficult enough without Germany that adding them to it would be too much. For some reason a group like this.. Spain Germany Portugal France ...is something I'd want to see just to watch 3 do-or-die games in the group stage.