|Event||Date & Location|
|2014 World Cup - Hotels||Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at [time TBA]|
World Cup (Multiple Venues) - Brazil
|2014 World Cup - Travel Packages||Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at [time TBA]|
World Cup (Multiple Venues) - Brazil
|2014 World Cup: Match 1 - Brazil vs.|
Croatia: Opening Match
|Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM|
Arena de Sao Paulo
|2014 World Cup: Match 2 - Mexico vs.|
|Friday, June 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM|
Arena das Dunas - Natal
|2014 World Cup: Match 3 - Spain vs.|
|Friday, June 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM|
Arena Fonte Nova - Salvador
|2014 World Cup: Match 4 - Chile vs.|
|Friday, June 13, 2014 at 6:00 PM|
Arena Pantanal - Cuiaba
|2014 World Cup: Match 5 - Colombia vs.|
|Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM|
Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto - Estadio do Mineirao
|2014 World Cup: Match 7 - Uruguay vs.|
|Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM|
Estadio Castelao - Fortaleza
|2014 World Cup: Match 8 - England vs.|
|Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 6:00 PM|
Arena Amazonia - Manaus
|2014 World Cup: Match 6 - Cote d'Ivoire vs.|
|Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM|
Arena Pernambuco - Recife
2014 World Cup in Brazil
The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be a historic event in international men’s football, taking place throughout 12 cities in Brazil. This will be the 20th iteration of the World Cup Tournament, which has been held around the globe since the inaugural soccer tournament in 1930. This will be the second time that Brazil has hosted the tournament, their first coming in 1950. Brazil will become the fifth county in the history of the competition to host the World Cup twice (the others being Italy, France, Mexico, Germany). An estimated 3.3 million tickets for the World Cup in Brazil are expected to be sold overall. In addition to World Cup tickets, there are several World Cup packages available for sale on Ticket Liquidator. Coming just every four years, the World Cup is rivaled by only the Olympics as the biggest sporting event in the World.
World Cup Schedule
The World Cup dates run from June 12th to July 13th, 2014. The first match of the World Cup takes place on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo. The second round of 16 teams begins on Saturday, June 28 with two matches, one at Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte and Estadio de Maracana, Rio De Janeiro. The World Cup quarter Finals begin on Friday, July 4 with the semi-finals taking place on Tuesday, July 8 and Wednesday, July 9. The match for third place happens on Saturday, July 12. The final match of the 2014 World Cup is scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 13, 2014. Here is the official and complete World Cup Schedule.Important World Cup Dates:
World Cup Stadiums
Brazil officially declared their intent to host the 2014 World Cup in the winter of 2006. After an extensive bidding process, Brazil emerged victorious on October 30th, 2007. Their plan originally included 17 cities which would host each match, but FIFA eventually agreed to a more modest 12-city plan. Half of these 12 cities will erect brand new stadiums built specifically for the 2014 event, and the final match of the tournament will be played at Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, which also held the finals match in the 1950 World Cup. Maracanã has a capacity of 76,935, making it the largest overall venue in the World Cup tournament.
The marketing campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup began in early 2010 with the unveiling of the official Brazil World Cup logo. It was designed by the Brazilian agency Africa, and is similar to those of previous events, albeit with tradition Brazilian colors. Subsequently, an official poster was revealed in 2013. Posters featuring the Brazil World Cup logo will be plastered throughout the city until the start of the tournament, so if you buy tickets, keep your eyes peeled. The World Cup’s major technology sponsor, Sony, revealed in September that the song The World is Ours, performed by David Correy and a Brazilian percussion troupe, will be the official song of the World Cup soccer tournament, much to the joy of the host nation. The official ball for the competition will be the Adidas “Brazuca", which received a resounding 70% public vote from nearly 1 million Brazilian football fans.
So far, 21 countries have qualified for 32 available spots for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. These include the defending Spanish 2010 Champions, as well as Argentina, United States, Germany, and England. Although many of the larger programs are currently qualified, there are a few surprises as well. 57th ranked Australia, 56th ranked South Korea, and 49th ranked Iran have all secured a spot for the upcoming tournament, which should bolster support from their home nations.
Of course, the Brazil National Team is hoping for a successful event in 2014, but it will come at a cost. An estimated $14 Billion USD is being spent on security and infrastructure improvements for the country. Although there are fears that the country may not recoup the investment, the hope is that this will spur development in one of the world’s fastest growing economies. With new airports, monorails, and stadiums, Brazil is shaping up to take center stage at one of the largest events in the history of sports. The only question that remains is, will you be there to witness it? Purchase your tickets fast, as they are sure to go quickly.
FIFA World Cup History
The 2014 FIFA World Cup will begin its opening matches in just a few short months, but it has a long and expansive history that demonstrates the real impact on soccer. The FIFA World Cup (or simply the World Cup) is an international football competition played by the senior men’s national teams of the members of the FIFA organization. The tournament has been held every four years since its inaugural tournament in 1930, with the exceptions of the 1942 and 1946 tournaments which were cancelled due to the Second World War. There have been 19 World Cup Champions crowned, with Brazil leading the pack with five overall World Cup victories (2002, 1994, 1970, 1962, 1958). The defending World Cup Champions are the Spanish National Team, which won the tournament in 2010 against a strong squad from the Netherlands.
The World Cup is a contender for the world’s most viewed sporting event every year that it is held. It is estimated that 715.1 million people watched the final match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, the record for any World Cup match. In 2010, South Africa estimated that 3,178,856 people attended the event in person, making it the third highest attended World Cup since the inaugural event. Germany has appeared the most times in the tournament (99 matches), and Brazil has scored the most lifetime World Cup Goals (210). The overall top goal scorer in World Cups is none other than Brazil’s Ronaldo, who scored 15 in his 3 appearances.
The only contest that is more hotly contested than the final match of the World Cup is the selection process for the World Cup host country. As the event brings millions of potential visitors to the host, a stringent process involved the “vetting" of certain nations based on their ability to provide transportation, infrastructure, and security improvements that are necessary to put on such an event. Previously, a clause was instated to rotate the World Cup based on the continental location of the host nation, but this practice will be discontinued after the 2014 tournament. Currently the next three locations that have been selected are; Brazil in 2014, Russia in 2018, and Qatar in 2022. Controversy has remained a staple of the FIFA selection process, with some suggesting that bribes have been used to secure bids. In the future, FIFA says they will rework their policies so this is less likely to affect the outcome of the committee’s decision.
In 1994, the World Cup chose to expand the number of matches from 52 to 64, ensuring more participation by smaller recognized nations. In 1998, FIFA added an additional 8 team slots, for a total of 32 nations that can qualify for the final World Cup tournament. In 2014, there will be 8 group stages culminating in a “Knockout" stage which will reduce the amount of teams to 16. After a quarterfinal (8), and a Semi-Final (4), there will be a third-place match to determine the 3rd and 4th spots of the tournament. Ultimately, the Final game will consist of the remaining two teams in the competition, with the winner becoming the new FIFA World Cup Champions for the next four years.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup starts on June 12th in Brazil. Make sure to secure your tickets quick as this event is sure to sell out!
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