Brazil vs. Italy. Twice a World Cup final, it could be the World Cup opening match in Sao Paulo on June 12.
And the second match the next day could be a 2010 final repeat: Spain vs. the Netherlands.
Thank the FIFA rankings that decide which teams are seeded if the World Cup receives such a blockbuster kickoff.
The often-criticized rankings will surely be criticized today when they decide the eight top seeds in the World Cup groups being drawn on Dec. 6.
The powerful Dutch, runners-up in 2010, and Italians, 2006 champions, should miss out despite going unbeaten through qualifying, according to unofficial calculations provided by FIFA's website.
Belgium and Colombia are likely in, despite failing to qualify for the 2010 tournament. They will join Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina plus Uruguay, if it beats Jordan in a playoff. Also likely is Switzerland, which will spark questions about how FIFA grades national teams over a four-year results cycle.
Indeed, Switzerland's surge up the rankings fueled by a 14-match unbeaten run in qualifying and friendlies might cast doubt on the value of being seeded.
The intention of seeding is rewarding the best by ensuring they avoid the other strongest teams in the group stage.
Host Brazil is automatically seeded in Group A. The decision to allocate the other seven seeds by the October rankings alone was agreed on by the FIFA executive committee only this month.
That leaves the Netherlands, Italy and England all seeded at the 2010 World Cup when FIFA rankings were again decisive lurking as potential opponents for Argentina early in the tournament.
England coach Roy Hodgson expects "two very, very good teams in every group," with FIFA set to allocate the other places by geographical spread rather than ranking.
Bourdais signs deal with KVSH
Four-time series champion Sebastien Bourdais has signed with KVSH Racing to replace Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan, The Associated Press has learned.
Three people familiar with the signing said Wednesday that Bourdais signed a two-year contract with the team.
Kanaan won the 500 in May with KVSH but decided to leave for Chip Ganassi Racing next year. KVSH acted fast in offering the same deal it offered Kanaan to three-race winner James Hinchcliffe, but the team gave Hinchcliffe a short deadline to accept the contract.
When Hinchcliffe decided KVSH's timeline was too fast, the team moved on to Bourdais, winner of four consecutive Champ Car titles from 2004 through 2007.
Scott wins Grand Slam of Golf
Masters champion Adam Scott broke the course record at Port Royal in Southhampton, Bermuda, with a 7-under 64 to win the PGA Grand Slam of Golf by two shots over U.S. Open champion Justin Rose.
Trailing by four shots with 10 holes to play, Scott pulled ahead of Rose for the first time with a 6-iron that settled inches from the cup on the par-5 17th for a tap-in eagle. Rose had to settle for par.
Selanne, Fasth lead Ducks
Teemu Selanne scored the first goal of his 22nd NHL season, and the host Anaheim Ducks extended the best start in franchise history with their fifth straight victory, 3-2 over the Calgary Flames.
Dustin Penner and Kyle Palmieri scored first-period goals, and Viktor Fasth made 33 saves for the defending Pacific Division champions.
Selanne's 676th career goal late in the second period ended up providing the winning margin.
Rangers 2, Capitals 0 in Washington Henrik Lundqvist earned his 46th NHL shutout as New York beat a familiar postseason foe to end a three-game losing streak.
The Associated Press