As we wait in anticipation for the upcoming Brazil summer football World Cup 2014 to kickoff, it is important we get acquainted with the finer details of the tournament. Here are all the important details you need to know before the event reaches fever-pitch.
Countdown to Brazil 2014
The world cannot wait to get a share of Brazil’s goodness this summer. As we speak, innovators and marketers from different corners of the world are busy unleashing: video games, sticker books and drinking timetables all-set for the big day. This year’s competition promises to be one of the hottest ones in the history of our planet. All the 32 teams taking place are well endowed with the latest footballing skills. Perhaps you are wondering about when the whole action will start, well, you have just come to the right place to find this information.
Where can I get a ticket?
Although there are multiple vendors out there, it is important to buy your tickets from a reputable store. You can get your tickets to the world’s biggest sporting event here.
The starting date
The official start date of 2014 World Cup is Thursday June 12. The host nation will face the ever-zealous Croatia in the Brazilian Capital Sao Paolo. This will no doubt be a must-watch site as the home team seeks to announce their presence in this great tournament. The tournament will last for 31 days and the much-awaited final game will be on Sunday July 13.
Which teams are in it?
The 32 teams that are in this competition have been split into eight groups. Each group has four teams. So, we have Groups: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H.
A (Brazil, Cameroon, Croatia, Mexico)
B(Spain, Chile, Netherlands, Australia)
C(Colombia, Ivory Coast, Greece, Japan)
D(England, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Italy)
E(Ecuador, Switzerland, Honduras, France)
F(Nigeria, Iran, Argentina, Boznia-Herzegovina)
G(USA, Ghana, Portugal, Germany)
H(South Korea, Russia, Algeria, Belgium)
12 mega stadiums are set to host the fixtures during this World Cup. Despite the ongoing chaos, all stadium are anticipated to be completed by the time the tournament kicks off.
Here are some finer details of the venues.
The Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro is the largest of all with a seating capacity of 71,159. The Estadio Nacional de Brasilia in the city of Brasilia is the second largest with a seating capacity of 65,702. Other stadiums include Mineirao (56,091), Arena Castelao (57,747), Arena Fonte Nova (49,280), Estadio Beira-Rio (42,153), Arena Pernambuco (40,604), Arena da Amazonia (39,573), Arena Pantanal (39,553), Arena das Dunas(39,304), Arena da Baixada (37,634).
When Does England Play?
England play their first match against Italy on June 14 at 23:00 in Manaus. The next match is against Uruguay on June 19 at 20:00 in the city of Sao Paolo. The final group match will pit us against Costa Rica at 17:00 in Belo Horizonte.
After the group stages play-offs
Should England venture past the group stages, they will be pitted against the runner-up of Group C. Most likely they’ll face Ivory Coast or Colombia – in the last 16. If they finish runners-up in their group, they will take on the victors from that group. The same rule applies to each group in the competition. The quarter final schedule is a bit complicated and they’ll just have to leave it at that until the group stages are over.
Where to catch the Live action?
The entire tournament will air live on BBC, ITV and terrestrial TV. Highlight programs will also be shown throughout the event season. You can also visit online blogs and news website for up to date (detailed) coverage of the key matches.
It is a tough season indeed
If the mood of many a football fan is anything to go by, then Brazil are the favourites for this tournament. Whether the Luiz Felipe Scolari boys live up to the world’s expectations or not is something that only time will tell. If you are going to bet, then you would be better off putting your money on Brazil. The second favorites are Argentina followed by Germany. Spain is also a good team to bet on because of their outstanding track record. If you are the patriotic type, then Roy Hodgson’s men are the team to put bet your money on. Honduras are the least favorites for this event. That is it for today, and let the football mania begin!