So now we know England's Group D fate, with Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica the opponents looking to scupper our progress to the final.
But who were the other nations drawn against, and who is likely to progress to the next round? We look at groups A through to C in part one of our round-up.
Group A - Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon
Five-time winners of the World Cup, and of course hosts, Brazil will face Mexico, Croatia and Cameroon in the group stages, and are fully expected to progress to the second round.
Not only do the side have the home advantage, the quality within the squad is impeccable, with players such as Neymar, Hulk, Paulinho, Dani Alves and Thiago Silva just a few of the names which will strike fear into the hearts of opponents.
The remaining three sides are expected to battle it out for a second qualifying place and it's difficult to chose between them.
Croatia has the talents of Mario Mandzukic and Luka Modric in their side and are expected to be extremely physical in their approach.
Manchester United's Javier Hernandez is expected to be a focal point of the Mexican squad, but the diminutive striker has struggled for first team football this season and will need game-time ahead of the tournament. However, the side has a wealth of young talent.
Cameroon's seasoned forward Samuel Eto'o is not really setting the Premier League alight at Chelsea, but his experience and goalscoring ability will be vital if the African side are to qualify.
Group B - Spain, Holland, Chile, Australia
Some have called this the 'group of death' heading into the tournament, with Spain and Holland set to face each other in a repeat of the 2010 World Cup final.
Spain were victorious on that occasion, with an extra-time goal from Andres Iniesta proving the difference in a 1-0 win.
However, Spain are no longer perceived as an invincible side, despite the depth of quality they have in the squad - including the aforementioned Iniesta, Xavi, Gerard Pique and David Silva.
Holland also have strength in depth and will be led by the goal scoring machine that is Robin van Persie. The side topped their qualifying group with nine wins and a draw and could go far in Brazil.
Chile have also been going from strength to strength, demonstrated during their 2-0 win over England in a recent friendly. Alexis Sanchez will be the player to watch for the side.
Australia are the most likely to finish at the bottom of the group, but will still put up a determined fight against quality opposition.
Group C - Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan
One of the more unpredictable groups in the draw, Group C is a difficult one to predict.
Colombia will enter the tournament as one of the top seeded teams, after qualifying with relative ease in the group stages.
The side have Radamel Falcao in their ranks, with the striker likely to be a contender for the tournament's Golden Boot award. Creativity will be supplied by James Rodriguez and the side will be used to the hot and humid conditions of South America.
Otherwise, the Ivory Coast could be described as the second favourite to qualify, despite being largely disappointing in their previous two World Cup appearances. Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba will be the leading players in the squad.
Japan, however, are a strong side and could spring a few surprised when the tournament kicks off.
Greece are unlikely to progress, especially if they continue to struggle in front of goal.
The Seattle Seahawks have become the first NFL team to clinch their spot in the playoffs, with a resounding 34-7 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
Last night (December 2nd) the hosts proved why they are one of the favourites to make it all the way to the Super Bowl and to even claim a set of rings.
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks moved to 11-1 for the season with the win. The quarterback was getting it done all night long, throwing for 310 yards and three touchdowns, as well as rushing for 47 yards on eight carries.
The 25-year-old's performance further enhanced his case to take the league MVP title. He now has 22 regular-season wins in the his first two campaigns, tying the record for the most wins for a second-year QB.
Not only did the triumph ensure the Seahawks hold the best record in the NFL right now, their dominance in the NFC should see them have home-field advantage come playoff time as they are two wins ahead of the chasing pack with four weeks to go.
It started off badly for the visitors as they went down 17 points in the first quarter courtesy of a Steven Hauschka field goal and touchdowns from Michael Bennett and Zach Miller. Hauschka rounded off each score with a kick.
The Saints looked as though they were about to get themselves back in the game as Jimmy Graham latched on to a two-yard pass from Drew Brees, with Garrett Hartley kicking for the extra points.
However, it would prove to be the only points the road team took all game, with Seattle claiming another touchdown and field goal shortly after, in addition to a final third quarter trip to the end zone.
Seattle's defence was sensational in stopping Drew Brees, with the 34-year-old looking largely anonymous during proceedings, managing to throw for just 147 yards.
At the start of the current NBA season, if you predicted that one of the most anticipated games of the first few weeks would be the Indiana Pacers and the Portland Trail Blazers, some might have called you crazy.
However, the match-up between the two form teams was something to behold last night (December 2nd) and it was the Blazers who came out with the home win.
Indiana still remain the top team in the league, with their record now standing at 16-2, but the Portland natives are close behind on 15-3.
The loss for the Pacers snaps a seven-game unbeaten run, with the last defeat suffered against the Chicago Bulls in mid-November.
However, Paul George might be wondering how they could have possibly lost the game, after scoring a career-high 43 points in his 38 minutes on the floor.
The small forward took an unbelievable amount of shots on the night, 30 in all, and scored just over 50 per cent of them.
Roy Hibbert came up big, as usual, with 14 rebounds, while George Hill dictated the play with 11 assists.
None of it was enough to stop the Blazers though, led by LaMarcus Aldridge's double-double comprising 28 points from the floor and ten rebounds.
His partner-in-crime, Damian Lillard, made 26 points of his own and was 100 per cent from the free-throw line - knocking down all ten of his chances.
Wesley Matthews added 15 points of his own, while Mo Williams came off the bench to chalk up 13.
While Paul George's efforts will not go unnoticed, it was Damian Lillard who came up clutch when it counted, making 14 of the Blazers 34 points in the fourth quarter.
Portland now have the joint best record on the west coast alongside the San Antonio Spurs - who beat the Atlanta Falcons 102-100 last night.
The England Ashes squad will welcome Tim Bresnan into the fold for the second test as he makes his return from injury.
After suffering a lower stress fracture in his back during August, Bresnan has been improving his fitness with the England Performance Programme team in Brisbane last week. Now, the Yorkshire player is set to play with the team in Adelaide on Wednesday (December 4th).
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed the return of Bresnan today via a statement.
Bresnan had travelled with the squad and was fully expected to play once he returned to full fitness. WIth England's poor-performance last time out, it is hoped the versatile 28-year-old will be a boost for the visitors.
In addition to Bresnan's return, the England team will have to make changes to deal with the loss of Jonathan Trott, who has flown home due to stress-related illness.
Joe Root or Ian Bell are expected to move up the batting order to fill-in the gap, with both players willing and eager to step-up. Batting coach Graham Gooch confirmed it would be one of the two but has yet to confirm which.
Root has already said he is willing to take on the challenge of third and is looking forward to his ongoing rivalry with bowler Mitchell Johnson.
In Brisbane, the Aussie bowler chalked up impressive numbers taking 9-103 and attempted to draw frustration from the 22-year-old Root.
Speaking of his potential place in the batting order, the batsman said: "It doesn't matter to me, I just love playing for England. Regardless of whether I'm opening, three, five, six, it's been brilliant.
"If I get the chance to do it, it would be a great challenge for me - and I'd love to do it."
England will need to deliver an improved performance come Wednesday to bounce back from a humbling 381-run defeat in the opening test.
The NFL saw three head-to-head match ups last night, with the Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys all playing hosts to Thanksgiving guests.
Respective visitors, the Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers did not leave happy though, with each team handed a festive defeat.
Starting with the early game in Michigan, the Lions crushed the Packers 40-10, with the home side scoring 37-straight points without reply.
Matthew Stafford's 330 yards passing total for three touchdowns helped the Lions to head to the top of the NFC North. The quarterback was unceremoniously robbed of the ball at the start of the second quarter, with Nick Perry making an interception for Morgan Burnett to complete an easy touchdown return.
However, Green Bay's luck would end there and Stafford would get his head in the game. The Lions would go on to dismantle their opponents, with Reggie Bush in particularly hot form. The 28-year-old running back made 117 rushing yards for 20 carries, picking up a TD in the process.
Green Bay will be waiting for the return of Aaron Rodgers, possibly in week 14, if they are to mount a serious effort to reach the playoffs.
Further south, the Baltimore Ravens clung-on to withstand a comeback from the Pittsburgh Steelers, in order to leave the field with a 22-20 win.
A late touchdown for the visitors courtesy of Jerricho Cotchery gave the road team a chance for a two-point conversion to tie the game and take it to overtime. However, the 2009 champions were unable to make the play stick and Ben Roethlisberger's side would go back to Pittsburgh with their season all but over.
Finally, in Dallas, the Cowboys toppled the Raiders to head to the top of the NFC East.
The visitors made a blistering start, as a punt return intercepted by the Oakland defence led Greg Jenkins to complete a 22-yard run to the end zone to give the Raiders a touchdown in the first 12 seconds.
However, Dallas would pull it level before the end of the first quarter through a DeMarco Murray touchdown.
The Raiders would dominate the second quarter with two touchdowns from Rashad Jennings, but a late trip to the end-zone from Murray just before half time would put the home team back in contention.
It was an effort that would change the face of the game, as the Cowboys would come out fighting in the final two quarters to complete their comeback and treat the home fans to a 31-24 Thanksgiving win.
Manchester United's emphatic 5-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen last night (November 27th) secured their place in the draw for the Champions League knockout stages alongside noisy neighbours City.
It was a more than comfortable night on the road for the Red Devils, who saw Shinji Kagawa in particular excel in Germany.
Antonio Valencia opened the scoring on the 22nd minute, rushing to the far post to get a foot on Wayne Rooney's deep cross.
England international Rooney would be provider once again, as his in-swinging free kick found the head of an unfortunate Emir Saphic who knocked the ball into his own net.
The visitors would take a 2-0 lead into the half, but the face of the game could have changed on the hour mark if a scramble in the United box resulted in a goal for Leverkusen. However, the ball ricocheted off Ryan Giggs against his own upright.
Minutes later, Jonny Evans would bundle the ball home from close range to give United an unassailable lead.
Chris Smalling would make it four for United, after finding himself in an unusually advanced position to tap into an empty net after Rooney looped the ball over Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno.
Rounding off the scoring was Nani, who kept his composure to round the keeper before delicately guiding the ball into the back of the net.
Elsewhere, Manchester City's defensive frailties were not enough to scupper their blistering attack, as the team claimed a 4-2 victory over Viktoria Plzen.
The hosts were twice pulled back by their Czech opponents, with a penalty from Sergio Aguero cancelled out by Tomas Horava, and Samir Nasri's 69th minute effort was soon forgotten after Stanislav Tecl's equaliser.
City's defence has come under question this season, with the club seeming to neglect this vital area of the squad during the summer transfer window. They were consistently outfoxed by the Plzen players and often looked lost.
However, goals from Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko made sure that any blushes were spared.
Celtic's Champions League adventure will not go past the opening round (November 26th), as AC Milan handed the Scottish side a 3-0 loss at home.
The chances of qualification had already looked slim before the game began, but with Ajax beating Barcelona 2-1 in the other Group H game, their fate was sealed.
Celtic had a golden chance to take the lead in the ninth minute, as Beram Kayal found the ball at his feet after Mikael Lustig's long range effort hit the Israel international. However, under pressure from Cristian Zapata, he was unable to guide the ball in the direction of goal.
Kaka was able to break the deadlock on 12 minutes, but Celtic's defence will be kicking themselves for leaving the Brazilian unmarked and unchecked inside the six-yard box, following Valter Birsa's corner. The 31-year-old guided a simple header past Fraser Forster and the stretching Kayal on the line.
AC Milan's number 22 was displaying his form of old and would later provide Balotelli with a chance on goal, before seeing a curling effort of his own sail inches wide.
Despite heavy pressure from the away side, Celtic were able to go into the half at just 1-0 down. Two minutes after the restart, Virgil van Dijk was found in acres of space from a Charlie Mulgrew ball, but his volley was straight at Christian Abbiati.
The miss would be costly, as two minutes later Milan doubled their lead. Celtic were left in tatters after another set-piece, as substitute Antonio Nocerino managed to latch onto a deep corner to send it back across the goalmouth, finding Zapata on the back-stick to tap home.
Van Dijk thought he had made amends for his earlier miss as his header made the net ripple, but his goal would be ruled out for offside.
However, Mario Balotelli would put the game beyond doubt on the hour mark, holding off the challenge of Efe Ambrose before calmly firing past Forster.
Celtic have one remaining fixture in their Champions League campaign, with a December 11th visit to Barcelona on the cards.
The Chicago Bulls' NBA season has been rocked by the news that former MVP and star-player Derrick Rose will now miss the rest of the season.
Rose underwent knee surgery on Monday (November 25th) to repair a right medial meniscus tear, suffered in the Bulls' meeting with the in-form Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.
The injury was worse than previously feared and now the 25-year-old will once again sit on the sidelines for a long period of time.
During the 2012-2013 season, Rose only watched on as his Bulls side reached the playoffs, as he recovered from ACL surgery on his left knee. Fans were calling for the point guard to return to boost the side's chance of reaching the NBA Finals, but Rose, sensibly, decided he wasn't ready for the court.
His rehabilitation through the off-season continued to be successful and Rose made his return at the start of the current campaign. However, his injury worries continued, after missing a few games with a hamstring problem before suffering from the season-ending meniscus tear.
You have to feel for Rose. The brightest young talent in basketball since LeBron James has seen his talent stifled through no fault of his own. For him, the concern is for his long-term career. For the Bulls, it not only poses questions about their potential this season but also their future prospects.
Last season, despite reaching the playoffs, the Bulls needed Rose. The talents of Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng are not enough to push the Chicago team all the way. Now, with this latest set-back, the Bulls have to consider a plan B to remain title contenders if Rose is subject to another lengthy lay-off.
Rose can come back from this. He is mentally strong enough to return. However, it will probably take him another season to get back to his blistering best and with two season-ending knee injuries under his belt, his confidence and game play will also be affected.
The biggest concern now in Chicago is how they will deal with this significant loss. The playoffs are still likely, but without a significant restructure, an NBA title is a long way off.
Last season's NFL breakout stars in Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III went head-to-head on Monday night (November 25th) as the Washington Redskins took on the San Francisco 49ers.
Both players showed signs of promise last season, with Kaepernick proving his mettle towards the end of the campaign as he pushed the 49ers to the Super Bowl, while RG3's rookie season emphasised why he was such a sought after first-round draft pick.
The fortunes of both haven't been on-trend this year though. Kaepernick and the 49ers struggled to get going in the opening games of the season, and also came into the latest tie with the Redskins on the back of a two-game losing streak.
On the east-coast, RG3 has made a valiant return from ACL and LCL injuries, but has yet to truly recapture the form that made him so feared in the 2012 season. The Redskins started the game with a 3-7 record. It was soon to get worse.
In last night's game, it was Kaepernick who got one-over on his positional counterpart, leading the 49ers to a 27-6 crushing over the home team.
The 26-year-old made 235 passing yards, including three touchdown plays, and rushed for 65 yards. Compare that to RG3's efforts, resulting in just 127 passing yards, no touchdowns and 22 yards rushing.
On defence the 49ers look strong, but Kaepernick's relationship with his offensive line also looked really tight on Monday. RG3, on the other hand, had very little support from his teammates and generally looked out of sorts when throwing.
RG3 is very much the future of the Redskins franchise, but for Kaepernick his time is now. A mixed season has raised questions about Kaepernick's status as 49ers leader, but another trip to the playoffs should cement his place for the start of next season.
Washington's playoff hopes are slipping away, but not yet impossible, while San Francisco need to keep battling with the Atlanta Falcons hot on their heels.
Sebastian Vettel rounded off a stunning F1 season by claiming his ninth-straight win in Brazil, putting him in the same league as some of the racing greats. It didn't seem like it would end any other way.
His efforts have put him on par with Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher and have given the four-time world champion his 39th career victory.
It wasn't the most straight-forward of victories that the German has achieved this year, as Nico Rosberg had the lead for one lap and a late decision to enter the pits caused the Red Bull team to lose time when fitting the new tyres.
However, Vettel was unphased and eventually cruised to a ten-second win, with teammate Mark Webber finishing in second.
While Webber would have liked to have claimed a win in his final F1 race, it wasn't to be, and it was never likely that Vettel would let him charge ahead of him to gain one last finish at the top of the podium.
The Brazilian Grand Prix marks an end to a Red Bull relationship that has been fraught to say the least, with Vettel regularly getting under the skin of the Australian.
However, Webber's second place finish meant that he would claim third place in the overall Drivers' Championship, with Lewis Hamilton the unfortunate victim.
Elsewhere, Fernando Alonso made an improved third place finish, with his last podium place coming in September in the Singapore GP.
The Spaniard was already set for second place on the Drivers' Championship leaderboard, but breaking the top three in the final race of the season should give him renewed confidence for the start of next year.
Of course, Red Bull would end up runaway winners in the Constructors' Championship, but a fifth place finish for Rosberg and ninth for Hamilton would ensure Mercedes beat off competition from Ferrari for second.
It could have been so different had Felipe Massa not incurred a drive-through penalty for crossing the white hatching on the pit entry. The Brazilian, who would be making his Ferrari curtain-call, would eventually finish in seventh place.
However, the day was Vettel's and Red Bull's who further asserted their dominance over the world of F1 with another stunning milestone.