FIFA World Cup 2014 Tournament Guide

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FIFA World Cup 2014 Tournament Guide
FIFA World Cup 2014 will be held in Brazil from June 12 to July 13 across 12 cities. In all 64 matches will be staged, shared by 12 stadiums.

FIFA World Cup 2014 Schedule; News; Points Table; Photos; Results

Here is your guide to the tournament

Competition dates - June 12 to July 13

Host country - Brazil. Hosting the World Cup for the second time after 1950

20th time - World Cup is in its 20th edition. First one was in 1950 in Brazil

First time - Goal-line Technology will be used at this World Cup

Most titles - Brazil 5 (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)

Most goals - 15 by Brazil's Ronaldo across 3 World Cups

Host cities - 12 - Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Manaus, Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Curitiba, Salvador, Cuiaba, Recife, Porto Alegre, Fortaleza, Natal

Venues - 12 (details below)

Teams - 32 (all squads are here)

Opening match (June 12) - Brazil Vs Croatia

Defending champions - Spain

Official Match Ball - The "adidas brazuca". The "brazuca", which means 'Brazilian' and refers to the Brazilian way of life, is the most-tested adidas ball in history.

Official Slogan - "All in one rhythm"

Official Mascot - "Fuleco", a three-banded armadillo is from the eastern part of Brazil.

Awards - Fair Play Trophy; Golden, Silver and Bronze Boots; Golden, Silver and Bronze balls; Golden Glove, Young Player

Prize Money (Total $576 million)

Winner - US $35 million

Runner-up - $25 million

Third place - $22 million

Fourth place - $20 million

Eliminated in Quarterfinal (4 teams) - $4 million

Eliminated in Round of 16 (8 teams) - $9 million

Eliminated in Group stage (16 teams) - $8 million

Groups - 8 - Top 2 progress to knockout stage (Round of 16)

Group A: Brazil; Croatia; Mexico; Cameroon

Group B: Spain; Netherlands; Chile; Australia

Group C: Colombia; Greece; Ivory Cost; Japan

Group D: Uruguay; Costa Rica; England; Italy

Group E: Switzerland; Ecuador; France; Honduras

Group F: Argentina; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Iran; Nigeria

Group G: Germany; Portugal; Ghana; USA

Group H: Belgium; Algeria; Russia; South Korea

Host cities and stadiums (12)

1. City - Rio de Janeiro

Stadium - Estadio do Maracana - Biggest ground in Brazil

Matches - 7 including the Final on July 13

Capacity - 76,804

Year of construction - 1950

2. City - Belo Horizonte

Stadium - Estadio Mineiro

Matches - 6 including 1 Semi-final

Capacity - 62,254

Year of construction - 1965

3. City - Manaus

Stadium - Arena Amazonia

Matches - 4 (All group games)

Capacity - 42,374

Year of construction - 2013

4. City - Brasilia

Stadium - Estadio Nacional de Brasilia

Matches - 7 including 1 quarter-final and third-place game

Capacity - 68,009

Year of construction - 2012

5. City - Sao Paulo

Stadium - Arena de Sao Paulo

Matches - 6 including 1 Semi-final

Capacity - 65,807

Year of construction - 2014

6. City - Curitiba

Stadium - Arena da Baixada

Matches - 4 (All group games)

Capacity - 41,456

Year of construction - 1914

7. City - Salvador

Stadium - Arena Fonte Nova

Matches - 6 including 1 quarter-final

Capacity - 48,747

Year of construction - 1951

8. City - Cuiaba

Stadium - Arena Pantanal

Matches - 4 (All group games)

Capacity - 42,968

Year of construction - 2014

9. City - Recife

Stadium - Arena Pernambuco

Matches - 5 including 1 Round of 16 game

Capacity - 44,248

Year of construction - 2014

10. City - Porto Alegre

Stadium - Estadio Beira-Rio

Matches - 5 including 1 Round of 16 game

Capacity - 48,849

Year of construction - 1969

11. City - Fortaleza

Stadium - Estadio Castelao

Matches - 6 including 1 quarter-final

Capacity - 64,846

Year of construction - 2014

12. City - Natal

Stadium - Estadio Das Dunas

Matches - 4 (All group games)

Capacity - 42,086

Year of construction - 2013

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