Pick Your World Cup Bracket Based on Population, FIFA Rankings, and Animal Power

The stadium scene.
June 9 2014 10:39 AM

Will Brazil Take Home the Trophy? Spain? Argentina?

Use our interactive to make your World Cup picks, or let us pick for you based on population, animal power, and more.

140606_worldCupBracketPromo
    Group A
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Cameroon
  • Croatia
  • 1
    2
    3
    4
    Group B
  • Chile
  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Australia
  • 1
    2
    3
    4
    Group C
  • Colombia
  • Ivory Coast
  • Greece
  • Japan
  • 1
    2
    3
    4
    Group D
  • Uruguay
  • England
  • Italy
  • Costa Rica
  • 1
    2
    3
    4
    Group E
  • Ecuador
  • Honduras
  • France
  • Switzerland
  • 1
    2
    3
    4
    Group F
  • Argentina
  • Nigeria
  • Iran
  • Bosnia and

    Herzegovina
  • 1
    2
    3
    4
    Group G
  • Ghana
  • United States
  • Portugal
  • Germany
  • 1
    2
    3
    4
    Group H
  • Algeria
  • Belgium
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • 1
    2
    3
    4

The 2014 World Cup starts in just a few days, and it’s time to make your picks. Whether you’re an expert or a novice, you can use our interactive to help you fill out your bracket. Think the favorite will win every match? Just click the “Odds” button above to see how the tournament would play out. Believe that the countries closest to Brazil will win every time? Click “Distance.” You can also choose a World Cup outcome based on which nation does best in the Olympics, has the strongest military, or has an animal in its logo.

Think you’ll do better making the picks yourself? Click “Pick Your Own” to fill out a custom bracket that you can share with your friends.

Advertisement

Correction, June 9, 2014: The interactive originally listed Switzerland in both Groups E and G in the “Pick Your Own” bracket. Switzerland is in Group E. Germany, which was originally left out, is in Group G.

TODAY IN SLATE

Foreigners

The World’s Politest Protesters

The Occupy Central demonstrators are courteous. That’s actually what makes them so dangerous.

The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 4:58 PM The Religious Right Is Not Happy With Republicans  

The One Fact About Ebola That Should Calm You: It Spreads Slowly

The Feds Have Declared War on New Privacy Measures From Apple and Google

These “Dark” Lego Masterpieces Are Delightful and Evocative

Crime

Operation Backbone

How White Boy Rick, a legendary Detroit cocaine dealer, helped the FBI uncover brazen police corruption.

Politics

Talking White

Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.

Europe’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celebrity Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”

Piper Kerman on Why She Dressed Like a Hitchcock Heroine for Her Prison Sentencing

  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 1 2014 7:26 PM Talking White Black people’s disdain for “proper English” and academic achievement is a myth.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 1 2014 2:16 PM Wall Street Tackles Chat Services, Shies Away From Diversity Issues 
  Life
Outward
Oct. 1 2014 6:02 PM Facebook Relaxes Its “Real Name” Policy; Drag Queens Celebrate
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 1 2014 5:11 PM Celebrity Feminist Identification Has Reached Peak Meaninglessness
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 3:24 PM Revelry (and Business) at Mohonk Photos and highlights from Slate’s annual retreat.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 1 2014 6:39 PM Spoiler Special: Transparent
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 1 2014 6:59 PM EU’s Next Digital Commissioner Thinks Keeping Nude Celeb Photos in the Cloud Is “Stupid”
  Health & Science
Science
Oct. 1 2014 4:03 PM Does the Earth Really Have a “Hum”? Yes, but probably not the one you’re thinking.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 1 2014 5:19 PM Bunt-a-Palooza! How bad was the Kansas City Royals’ bunt-all-the-time strategy in the American League wild-card game?