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The 2014 FIFA Football World Cup will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, and will be held in Brazil. It was scheduled to take place in South America and Brazil was selected on 30 October 2007 to host the competition as the only country to put in a bid.

This will be the second time Brazil hosts the competition; the country also hosted the 1950 FIFA World Cup. It will also be the first World Cup to be held in South America since Argentina 1978. No other South American country has hosted the World Cup more than once.

Host Selection

FIFA confirmed Brazil as the host nation on 30 October 2007. Brazil had been expected to host the tournament after Colombia, the only other declared candidate, withdrew its bid on 11 April 2007.

Brazil will become the fifth nation to host the FIFA World Cup twice, after Mexico, Italy, France and Germany. The Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro will most probably become the second stadium after the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City to host two Football World Cup Finals. Brazil will become the first nation to break the well-established chain of allowing a European nation to host the World Cup Finals every eight years - with South Africa scheduled to host the Finals in 2010, there will be at least a twelve-year interlude between Finals hosted by European nations.



Teams

As the host nation, Brazil qualifies automatically.

Qualified Team

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Stadia

These, on the map above, are the nineteen cities that showed interest on hosting the gamesThere are nineteen cities that showed interest in being chosen as hosts for the World Cup's games: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Brasília, Belém, Campo Grande, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Goiânia, Maceió, Manaus, Natal, Recife/Olinda (a stadium will be shared by both cities), Rio Branco and Salvador.

According to current FIFA practice, no more than one city may use two stadia, and the number of host cities is limited between eight and ten. The Brazilian Confederation already requested permission to assign twelve cities hosting World Cup Finals.

A reported $1 billion dollars is to be approved for the repair, upgrading and maintenance of the stadia.

Controversies

Concern has been expressed that the public investment required to upgrade existing stadia in poor condition, at an estimated cost of $1.1 billion, will add to Brazil’s debt burden. According to FIFA’s own inspection report, “[N]one of the stadiums in Brazil would be suitable to stage 2014 FIFA World Cup™ matches in their current state”.

 


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