World Cup 2014...
Brazil


Young Brazilian Soccer Fans
Young Brazilian Soccer Fans - © Nick Garrad/Istockphoto

Wondering about where the next world cup 2014 is going to take place?..think no more, Brazil is hosting the most prestigious football tournament in the world.

Talking about soccer, Brazil is a country that certainly doesn't need much of an introduction, does it?

With five world cup titles under its belt - 1958-1962-1970-1994-2002 - the brazilian soccer team systematically ranks amongst the top three to win every single FIFA's tournament held every four years.

Next time around they don't even need to bother about classification though, being Brazil the host country for the world cup 2014 edition they are automatically classified.


So the feast is already promising to be massive, as it's almost impossible to imagine a country where soccer ignites such a passion and enthusiasm than in Brazil.

With a population of around 194,000,000 inhabitants (est. 2008) and a total surface of 8,514,876 km2, this means lots of batucada, enough to be heard from Venezuela to Argentina.


It will be the first world cup to be held in South America since the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina and the second time Brazil will host the competition, first time being the 1950 FIFA World Cup.

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Twelve cities were selected to host the event, for a total of sixty four matches...


São Paulo will be hosting the opening match on June 12th, 2014 and Rio de closing venue on July 13th., at the legendary Maracana stadium, the moment when the new world's champion will emerge, currently in the hands of Spain.
Have a look at the world cup schedule here.

Some of those stadiums are yet to be built while others will need to be upgraded, but in any case Brazil is up to the challenge, well aware that world cup 2014 is much more than merely soccer or FIFA's trophy, but a window of opportunity to attract billions of dollars in foreign investment to expand and consolidate the continuous growth the brazilian economy has experienced for the last few years under Lula da Silva and current President Dilma Rousseff.
She is one of The 100 Most Influential People in the World, according to Time Magazine (2012).

Furthermore, Brazil will be hosting the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro - for the first time in the history of South America - and celebrating the Bicentennial of its independence in 2022, an extra reason to achieve this quantum leap in terms of modernization and upgrading.


Brazil soccer ball
Brazil Soccer Ball - © Franckreporter/Istockphoto

World cup 2014 will certainly be an explosion of colour, rhythm, sensuality and passion, just the way brazilians are.

Whether you are a soccer fan, or merely a follower, make sure you join the party. You won't be disappointed in the least.

Besides, being an increasingly important tourist destination in South America, Brazil has something to offer to everyone: from the largest tropical rainforest on the planet to thousands of fantastic beaches spread over 7,000 km coastline to unique spots for surfing and diving.

Its amazing diversity extends to the arts and cultural scene, customs, culinary traditions, massively popular celebrations such as Carnival and of course, soccer, making it a very unique South America travel experience unlikely to be found anywhere else in the world.

With all those ingredients, world cup 2014 is already promising to became a tremendous feast of joy and celebration, the kind I wouldn't simply leave out..


...would you?..





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