World Cup 2014 – Brazil

For the first time since 1950, in 2014 the FIFA World Cup returns to Brazil. Having decided in 2003 that the tournament would return to South America in 2014, FIFA effectively paved the way for the South American Football Confederation CONMEBOL to make the decision.  Initially, Brazil were one of three candidates along with Columbia and Argentina.  However, by 2007 Brazil had become the only candidate.

Qualifying Stage

As per usual, qualifying was a hard slog, commencing in  June 2011 and finishing on 20 November 2013. In total 31 teams qualified for the tournament, with hosts Brazil making the number up to 32.

List of Qualifiers

Group Stage

As has been the case since 1998, 32 teams qualified and will be split into 8 groups of four. With matches staring on 12 June and running until 26 June, the top two in each group will advance to the Round of 16. The first match will be the Group A clash between Brazil and Croatia at the Arena de São Paulo and the final Group Stage matches will feature Group H's finest (well all of Group H) South Korea v Belgium and Algeria v Russia.

Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
Group E
Group F
Group G
Group H

Round of 16

The Round of 16 will commence on 28 June at Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, with the winners of Group A taking on the runner-up in Group B. This phase will be completed on 1 July with a clash between the winners of Group H and the Group G runners-up.

Quarter Finals

The Quarter Finals will take place over two days, 4 and 5 July.

Semi Finals

The Semi Finals will take place on 8 and 9 July.

Third Place Play Off

The Third Place Play Off will take place at the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília on 12 July.

FIFA World Cup Final 2014

The FIFA World Cup Final will take place at Estádio do Maracanã in Rio on 13 July 2010.

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