2014 FIFA World Cup
The 2014 FIFA World Cup (Portuguese: Copa do Mundo FIFA de 2014) is the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international football tournament held in 2014 in Brazil.
This is the second time that Brazil has hosted the tournament (after 1950), becoming the fifth country to have hosted the FIFA World Cup more than once, after Mexico, Italy, France and Germany. This tournament is also the first FIFA World Cup to be hosted in South America since Argentina 1978. No South American country has previously hosted the FIFA World Cup more than once.
The national football teams of 31 countries have qualified through a qualifying competition that began in June 2011 to participate with host nation Brazil in the final of the tournament. A total of 64 matches will be played in twelve Brazilian cities in either new or rebuilt stadiums, with the tournament starting with the group stage. For the first time in a World Cup finals, matches will be played using goal-line technology. Spain are the reigning champions, having beaten the Netherlands 1–0 in the 2010 World Cup Final to win their first world title. Previously, of the four World Cups held in South America, all of them were won by South American teams. Germany managed to become champions after defeating Argentina in the final match with a score of 1-0. Meanwhile, the Netherlands won third place after beating the host team Brazil in the match for third place with a score of 3-0.
On 7 March 2003, FIFA announced that the tournament would be held in South America for the first time since Argentina hosted the 1978 FIFA World Cup tournament, in line with its policy of rotating the right to host the World Cup between the different confederations. On 3 June 2003, CONMEBOL announced that Argentina, Brazil and Colombia would be the organizers of the 2014 World Cup. On 17 March 2004, the CONMEBOL associations had voted that they had agreed to adopt Brazil as their sole candidate. December 2006 and followed by Colombia a few days later. Argentina's offer never materialized. On 11 April 2007, Colombia withdrew from the host selection, Francisco Santos Calderón vice president of Colombia announced that Colombia would instead host the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. With that decision, Brazil became the sole official candidate to host the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil won the right to host a 2014 FIFA World Cup match on 30 October 2007 as the only country to enter the bid.
The draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying round took place at the Marina da Glória in Rio de Janeiro on 30 July 2011. As the host, Brazil advanced to the finals automatically.
203 of the 208 FIFA national teams took part in the qualifying stage, which started on 15 June 2011 and ended on 20 November 2013. 24 of the 32 qualifiers, also qualified in the previous tournament. The OFC Region has no representation at the World Cup Finals for the first time since 2002.
On 3 March 2011 FIFA decided to distribute the places in the finals:
Europe (UEFA) - 13 places
Asia (AFC) - 4 or 5 places
Africa (CAF) - 5 places
North and Central America, Caribbean (CONCACAF) - 3 or 4 places
South America (CONMEBOL) - 4 or 5 places (+ automatically qualified Brazil as hosts, total to 6 places)
Oceania (OFC) - 0 or 1 place
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