The qualifying teams are put into eight groups, which all play each other in a league style. The two top teams in each league go onto to the 16-team play-off round, which then operates as a knock out tournament to the final.
Here are the groups. I have bolded the teams I think are likely to head their groups, and italicised the ones that I think will come second. In some groups I think there is no clear second.
Group A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria, Korea Republic, Greece
Group C: England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia
Group D: Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana,
Group E: Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon
Group F: Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia
Group G: Brazil, Korea DPR, Côte d'Ivoire, Portugal
Group H: Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile
I think England are lucky in this draw (for a change). We should be able to beat all three teams in our group, but that doesn't mean we will, because England always fuck up. England will play the USA on the 12th June. I have a horrible feeling that we might lose, just because that would be so galling, and England do that to me every time. I think we might lose that symbolic match but win the group.