Everything You Need to Know About the World Cup
The 2014 FIFA World Cup just ended and all the 32 qualified nations now know which country took the most coveted cup in the whole world. With so much attention and coverage, it was sometimes hard to keep up with all the actiosn and more specific details about the tournament through filtering accessible information
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South America: Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and Uruguay
North/Central America and Caribbean: United States, Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico
Asia: Japan, Australia, Iran and South Korea
Africa: Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Ghana and Algeria
Europe: Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, England, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Croatia and France.
The World Cup being held every four years usually allows a few nations to experience the event for the first time, through the natural cycle of improvement and decline of different countries. Of course, the more first-timers there are, the fewer there are left, too.
This time around, Brazil 2014 will witness just a single new nation at the finals, with Bosnia-Herzegovina ready to feature at their first major tournament.
They won the UEFA zone Group G to take their place in Brazil next year.
The stadia themselves are an array of the new and old, revamped and redesigned, the inner-town and the close-to-coast.
In full, the list comprises the following grounds:
Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
Estadio Nacional de Brasilia, Brasilia
Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba
Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
Arena Amazonia, Manaus
Estadio das Dunas, Natal
Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Arena Pernambuco, Recife
Estadio Do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Arena de Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo.
The smallest, by capacity, is Arena da Baixada, which holds around 28,000, while the Maracana will seat up to 89,000.
The 2014 World Cup will see matches take place in 12 different cities, more than any other finals on record.
From north to south, there will be games in Manaus, Fortaleza, Natal, Recife, Salvador, Cuiaba, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Curitiba and Porto Alegre.
Twelve cities, 12 stadiums and some very distinct and different landscapes in the surrounding areas; the World Cup in Brazil will be a showpiece in a diverse country indeed.
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• Adidas’s World Cup commercial features Leo Messi and Luis Suarez,
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How’s your luck?
A further batch of tickets will be made available for sale on December 8 after the group stage draw has been made. In total, around three million tickets will be available for purchase for the entirety of the World Cup.
Prices vary depending on whether fans are overseas or Brazilian residents and, of course, depending on the stage of the competition and demographic of the purchaser. Group stage games start at €69 for overseas buyers and €11 for local residents, as reported by Henry Jackson of Goal.com.
A seat at the World Cup final itself will set you back a minimum of €335, with the highest cost reported at a staggering €755.
There are no less than eight previous winners of the FIFA World Cup set to take part in Brazil 2014.
One of those, of course, is the host nation; Brazil have won the World Cup a record five times, the last of which came in 2002.
Italy (four wins), Germany (three), Uruguay, Argentina (twice each), England, France and Spain (once each) are the others.
The World Cup might only be in Brazil for the second time, but this will be the fifth time overall that it has been hosted on South American soil—and the first time since 1978.
On that occasion, Argentina won the tournament in their own country in front of their own fans.
Previous to that, Chile hosted the ’62 final, won by Brazil; Uruguay, of course, won in Brazil in 1950; and the first-ever World Cup finals, held in 1930, took place in Uruguay. The host nation also won on that occasion.
In short, no nation from outside South America has ever won the World Cup on South American soil.
Extend that into North and Central America and the same pattern emerges, with only Brazil and Argentina winning tournaments hosted in Mexico (twice) and the United States.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa saw a total of 145 goals scored in the 64 matches. That’s an average of almost 2.3 goals in each and every game, despite a total of 43 clean sheets being kept during the tournament.
Comparisons to past World Cups show we might expect a similar, or perhaps slightly lower, number in Brazil.
In Germany 2006, there were 147 goals (2.3 per game), in Japan/Korea 2002 we saw 161 (2.5 per game) and in France ’98, an impressive 171 (2.7 per game).
The downward trend perhaps indicates the increased levels of organisation, tactical trends being nullified and the at-times slower pace of the international game.
Still, since we’re so nice, here are all 145 strikes from 2010 for you to enjoy. Let’s hope for plenty of the same quality in Brazil.
“All in one rhythm”—that’s the message and the slogan you can expect to see everywhere in Brazil during the tournament.
It should feature at the traditional opening and closing ceremonies, in the fan areas around the country and throughout the usual blaze of publicity and marketing material that accompanies such massive tournaments.
The slogan in Portuguese is “Juntos num so ritmo.”
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