World Cup 2014

THE FIFA World Cup

Brazil June 12th — July 13th 2014

The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international men's association football tournament that is scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. Brazil was elected unchallenged as host nation in 2007 after the international football federation, FIFA, decreed that the tournament would be staged in South America for the first time since 1978 in Argentina, and the fifth time overall.

Spain is the defending champion, having defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in the 2010 World Cup final to win its first World title. The previous four World Cups staged in South America were all won by South American teams.

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The Stadia

  • Estadio Do Maracana

    Location Rio de Janeiro Capacity 78,838 Opened 1950

    The Maracana is one of the world's most famous stadiums. It's record attendance was 199,854 in 1950, and is the destination for this year's World Cup Final.

  • Estadio Mineirao

    Location Belo Horizonte Capacity 62,329 Opened 1965

    Located in Belo Horizonte, the Estadio Mineirao is the largest football stadium in the state of Minas Gerais. It is home to Cruzeiro of the Brazilian league.

  • Estadio Nacional

    Location Brasilia Capacity 72,741 Opened 1974

    Named after one of Brazil's most famous players, the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha is the second most expensive soccer stadium in the world, second only to Wembley.

  • Arena Pantanal

    Location Cuiaba Capacity 44,345 Opened 2014

    A brand new stadium for this year's World Cup tournament, hosting a total of four first round games.

  • Arena da Baixada

    Location Curitiba Capacity 42,247 Opened 1999

    Home to Atletico Paranaense, the Estadio Joaquim Americo Guimaraes, as it is otherwise known, has undergone extenstive rennovation to increase its capacity for the 2014 tournament.

  • Estadio Castelao

    Location Fortaleza Capacity 63,819 Opened 1973

    Playing host to 6 games, the stadium's record attendance was set in 1980 when the Brazil national team defeated Uruguay 1-0.

  • Arena Amazonia

    Location Manaus Capacity 44,351 Opened 2014

    Still under construction in February of this year, there were numerous doubts whether the stadium would be completed in time to host its 4 games at the tournament.

  • Estadio das Dunas

    Location Natal Capacity 44,070 Opened 2014

    Designed by leading sports architect Christopher Lee, who described it as 'the most perfect stadium in South America'

  • Estadio Beira-Rio

    Location Porto Alegre Capacity 47,100 Opened 1969

    Named due to its location beside the Guaiba River, the 'Riverside Stadium' will host 5 games in this year's tournament.

  • Arena Pernambuco

    Location Recife Capacity 45,435 Opened 2013

    A 'green' arena, the stadium is fitted with a solar power plant capable of generating enough energy to meet the average consumption of 6,000 people.

  • Arena Fonte Nova

    Location Salvador Capacity 54,610 Opened 2013

    Built on the site of the older Estadio Fonte Nova, the home of EC Bahia will host 4 group, and 2 knockout games.

  • Arena Corinthians

    Location Sao Paulo Capacity 67,349 Opened 2014

    Due to the request for at least a 65,000 capacity for the opening World Cup match, nearly 20,000 temporary seats have been added to the ground.

Ones to Watch

We have picked our ones to watch at Sequence. They are not all necessarily what you would call "world beaters", but we believe they can make an impact in Brazil this year.

  • Thibaut Courtois
  • Serge Aurier
  • Mats Hummels
  • Thiago Silva
  • Fabio Coentrao
  • Raheem Sterling
  • Paul Pogba
  • Arturo Vidal
  • James Rodriguez
  • Mario Balotelli
  • Edinson Cavani
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Tweet Your Prediction

The lead up to the World Cup always sparks a debate about predicted winners and underdogs who you may think have a chance of taking the coveted trophy.

Are Belgium in with a shout or are the South American teams set for great things? Why not get involved with our discussion and tweet your predicted winner…

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