A Beginner's Guide To The 2014 World Cup

32 teams compete for four years of bragging rights.

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The rest of the teams were put into "pots" based on their geographic location...

Via en.wikipedia.org

Pot 1: The top seven teams, plus host Brazil.

Pot 2: Africa & South America

Pot 3: Asia & North America

Pot 4: Europe

And then one team from each pot was randomly placed into a separate group.

The teams from Pot 3 (Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, and the United States) are highlighted here.

From there, it heads into a single-game elimination bracket, starting with the winner of each group playing the runner-up of another group.