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Iran placed in pot 4 of 2006 World Cup draw

Berlin, Dec 6, IRNA-Iran's national football team has been placed in pot 4 of the 2006 World Cup draw along with Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, US, Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago, the Frankfurt-based World Cup Organizing Committee announced Tuesday.

Hosts Germany, five-time World Cup champs Brazil, Argentina, England, Italy, France, Mexico and Spain are the top seeds in pot 1.

Outsiders Angola, Togo, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Tunisia, Paraguay, Ecuador and Australia are seeded in pot 2.

Netherlands, Sweden, Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland and Ukraine are in pot 3.

Meanwhile Serbia-Montenegro is seeded in the special X pot.

A record audience of some 300 million people from 150 countries is expected to watch the group stage drawings, due to be held in Leipzig on Friday evening.

Some 3,700 guests, among them 1,000 journalists from all over the world, will attend the 90-minute draw at Leipzig's trade fair center.

... Payvand News - 12/6/05 ... --

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