The biggest and most popular football event in the world is happening in 2014. The 2014 FIFA World Cup goes full blast from June 12 to July 13, 2014 in second-time host country Brazil.
32 member-countries from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) compete to snatch the 20th FIFA World Cup championship trophy from the 2010 defending champion Spain.
The FIFA World Cup, or simply World Cup, is held every four years since the very first tournament in 1930. There were no tournaments in 1942 and 1946 due to the outbreak of World War II.
Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, FIFA (International Federation of Association Football, in English) is an international governing body of football, futsal, and beach soccer associations. The 209 national association-members compete for various major international tournaments, most notable of which is the World Cup. Six major football confederations are affiliated with FIFA: AFC, CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, OFC, and UEFA. For more info, check out the official site of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
After a grueling series of qualifying tournaments, only 32 out of 203 senior men’s national football teams qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The following are the 32 qualified national teams representing the 5 confederations (OFC will not be represented this time):
Bosnia and Herzegovina
The 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament is composed of the Group stage, Round of 16, Quarter-finals, Semi-finals, and Final matches. In the Group stage matches, the 32 teams are assigned to 8 groups, appropriately named Group A to H. From the Group stage, 16 teams advance to the Round of 16 matches. 8 teams advance to the Quarter-finals, 4 teams advance to the Semi-finals, and 2 teams advance to the Final championship match. 2 teams also compete for 3rd place.
Notable teams to look out include the defending champion Spain, Germany, and Argentina. Famous soccer players to be on watch include Lionel Messi from Argentina, Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, and Kaka from Brazil.
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The 2014 FIFA World Cup is fast approaching, so prepare your game-face and be ready to cheer for your favorite team. It’s going to be an exciting and electrifying match up of the greatest soccer players on earth.