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Final Draws in photos

World Cup Finals, 1938, Paris, France, FIFA president Jules Rimet is assisted by a young boy in making the draw for the World Cup
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The Final Draw has evolved and changed dramatically throughout the ages. From the initial tournament in 1930 with 13 teams in a round-robin format, right up to today's 32-team global extravaganza. 

It is hard to imagine with the myriad of celebrities and footballing royalty helping draw the balls from the pots, but Jules Rimet enlisted the help of a young boy to draw the teams for the 1938 FIFA World Cup™. It was the turn of a steely-faced delegation to make the draw for the 1950 edition, with the relevant authorities gathered round a table to see how the 13 teams would face off.

Final Draws have grown to represent a global gathering of sporting superstars, with footballing icon David Beckham joined on stage by legendary African athletes Haile Gebrselassie and John Smit for the most recent Final Draw in South Africa. 

Take a look at the assortment of remarkable images as FIFA.comgives you a tour of Final Draws through the ages.

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