The way I see the groups being determined for Germany 2006 the U.S. will have a more difficult group than the one they were in in South Korea. The U.S. will either face a scenario of Europe, Europe, Africa or Europe, Europe, South America, or Brazil/Argentina, Europe, Africa. The U.S. will be with at least one of these teams (the top seeded teams): Brazil Argentina Italy Germany England France (assuming they survive) Spain So no Portugal from Korea/Japan. (Not Mexico because it's a CONACAF nation... I could also see the U.S. being forced into not being put in with Brazil and Argentina since they're "American" countries... although I think FIFA does no such thing) Furthermore, the U.S. will be paired with at least another European team which could be from one of these teams (my predictions): Netherlands Ukraine Sweden Portugal Turkey Czech Republic Republic of Ireland Croatia other European teams that could be in this pot might be: Serbia-Montenegro, Poland, Norway, Greece, Belgium, Switzerland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Russia, Israel (this all depends on who makes it out of their group and then past the final home and away stage) Then the U.S. will be paired with either an African team or if not already grouped with Brazil or Argentina, a South American squad. Nigeria or Angola Togo, Senegal or Zambia Tunisia or Morocco Cote d'Ivoire or Cameroon Ghana, South Africa or Democratic Republic of Congo Paraguay Ecuador Colombia (and if by a miracle, Australia) The U.S. probably won't be paired like in Korea with another Asian squad. This is because Asia and North America will have a combined total of 8 teams at the World Cup which makes up a pot of teams. However, Mexico will be a seeded team which means the extra European team can be thrown in with the seven Asian/North American teams. This would also makes since, in my opinion, because Asia and North America are the weakest confederations and should not be doubled up to make it easier for the other teams. The other pots will be the europe pot of eight and the Africa/South America pot of eight because Brazil and Argentia will be seeded teams (Australia could also be in this pot if the eliminate the South American team). This is the only possible way to figure out the pots as of today. No other combination of teams adds up. Maybe FIFA would swap Australia with the Africa/South America pot if it happened to win... which would leave one pot full of weak teams, which would make for a fairer World Cup in my opinion. Bottom line: the U.S. will likely face a scenario of Europe, Europe, Africa or Europe, Europe, South America, or Brazil/Argentina, Europe, Africa. This is also conjecture from what I know about who will be going to Germany and how FIFA allocates the group pots.