(Bracket created by Zimbio.com)
The 2010 World Cup starts Friday, and we've got the printable bracket
you need to follow all the action. In case you're unfamiliar with how this works, we'll explain it. Click the large image above to get your printable bracket. (Zimbio.com)
The first part of the 2010 World Cup will be the group stage, which begins Friday. In the group stage, 32 teams are broken into eight separate four-team groups. Each group will participate in a round-robin style tournament that will give each team three games. During the group stage, each win is assigned three points, each draw is assigned one point and each loss is assigned zero points.
Use the "Points" field at the top of this bracket to keep a tally of each team's total points during the group stage. The team with the most points wins its group, but if two teams end up with the same number of points, tie-breakers will be used to determine the winner. The top two teams from each group will advance to the next stage. Brazilian defender Kaka is one of our 32 Game Changers of the 2010 World Cup. (Getty Images)
The next part of the World Cup is the Knockout Stage, which begins June 26, 2010. The Knockout Stage is a traditional 16-team, single-elimination tournament similar to the NCAA tournament (for American fans). The only difference is that the semi-finals losers will play a game after being knocked out of the tournament to determine third and fourth places.
Be sure to print out your 2010 World Cup Printable Bracket
, and then stick around to check out the 2010 World Cup game changers
and the 2010 World Cup Wives and Girlfriends