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Friday, December 5, 1997 Published at 16:28 GMT


Scotland nuts about Brazil
image: [ World Cup draw paired Scotland and Brazil ]
World Cup draw paired Scotland and Brazil

Scotland will kick off the World Cup finals against Brazil on June 10. But England were dealt an easier hand when the groups for France 98 were drawn in Marseille.

The Scots, who have played Brazil three times previously in World Cup finals, with a record of lost two, drawn one, must also play Morocco and Norway in group A.

England are in group G with the seeded team Romania, Tunisia and Colombia.

The top two teams from each of the eight groups go forward to the knock-out stage of next summer's showdown.

[ image: Brown settles for second]
Brown settles for second
Scotland manager Craig Brown said: "It couldn't come any tougher than Brazil on the opening game. We will look for second place behind Brazil."

England coach Glenn Hoddle added: "It's not a bad draw for us. It could've been a lot worse, it could've been a bit easier.

[ image: Hoddle: Could have been worse]
Hoddle: Could have been worse
"Romania have a great pedigree. They are experienced at this level but all in all I'm not disappointed."

The draw to sort 32 nations into groups was made before 38,000 fans.

Earlier, the crowd was treated to a goal-feast as a European team lost 5-2 to the Rest of the World. Players from all 32 countries in the finals, including England's Paul Ince and Scotland's Gordon Durie, were represented in the match.

The draw was a glitzy showpiece for a sporting event expected to attract a world record number of TV viewers. Football stars worldwide helped draw the teams.

World Cup groups

A: Brazil, Scotland, Morocco, Norway

B: Italy, Austria, Cameroon, Chile

C: France, South Africa, Denmark, Saudi Arabia

D: Spain, Bulgaria, Nigeria, Paraguay

E: Holland, Belgium, Mexico, South Korea

F: Germany, Yugoslavia, US, Iran

G: Romania, Tunisia, England, Colombia

H: Argentina, Croatia, Jamaica, Japan

The BBC's Mike Ingham describes Scotland's pairing with Brazil
And shortly after came England

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