KANSAS CITY - Friday morning's World Cup draw is like a box of chocolates, England manager Roy Hodgson eloquently said in a spot-on simile this week.
Only this box contains those chocolates filled with mystery goo, the kind you hope to avoid but inevitably select every Christmas.
It's what Hodgson was getting at when he referred back to Forrest Gump -- four World Cup pots filled with dangerous teams, waiting to be drawn into eight groups of four in Bahia, Brazil.
It's the most stacked World Cup field yet.
"A lot of people are going to complain come Friday afternoon," American World Cup veteran Alexi Lalas told the Toronto Sun.
It's not a matter of which teams will land in Brazil 2014's Group of Death, but rather how many Groups of Death there will be.
"I think there will be debate as to which is the most death of all," Lalas said. "The greatest pain inflicted during (Friday's) death process will be the ultimate death group."