The 2014 World Cup in Brazil

The 2014 World Cup has drawn to an end, with Germany finishing as the winners and earning the crown of the best footballing nation! Congratulations! Our World Cup infographic previewed the tournament and the history of the Socceroos - despite being knocked out in the group stage, we were very proud of our boys!


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The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil


Held every 4 years, the World Cup is the pinnacle of men's football.  The best footballing nations come together for about a month in a battle to be the best national team in the world.  This year is the 20th World Cup, hosted across Brazil.  Get all the details on the event and the Socceroos' World Cup hopes—then start your plans to see the game in person this year.


Fast Facts About the 2014 FIFA World Cup

  • The World Cup is the most-watched sporting event—over 715 million people watched the 2006 tournament final.
  • Since 1982, over 2 million people have attended World Cup tournaments.
  • It will take place from June 12 through July 13, 2014, in 12 Brazilian cities.  They are:
    • Rio de Janeiro
    • São Paulo
    • Belo Horizonte
    • Fortaleza
    • Salvador
    • Cuiaba
    • Porto Alegre
    • Natal
    • Manaus
    • Curitiba
    • Recife
  • It's going to be a big event.  There will be:
    • 12 stadiums
    • 32 teams
    • 64 matches
    • 15,000 volunteers
    • 3,300,000 anticipated spectators
Aussies and the World Cup

  • Australia has qualified for the World Cup 4 times, in 1974, 2006, 2010 and 2014.
  • Their first goal in a qualifier: Len Scheinflug, with a penalty kick in the 70th minute in 1965.
  • Their first goal at a World Cup: Tim Cahill, with a goal in the 89th minute to tie the game 1-1 in 2006.
  • Tim Cahill has scored the most World Cup goals for Australia—as of 2013, the count is 3.
  • Australia's best World Cup performance was in 2006, where the Socceroos qualified for the second round.  They eventually lost to Italy 1-0, finishing 16th overall.
What's special about the 2014 World Cup?

  • The host nation, Brazil, is the most successful team in World Cup history with 5 trophies. Those wins were in 1958, 1962, 1980, 1994, and 2006.  They're also the only team to have played in every world cup tournament, from 1930 through 2014.
  • In preparation, the Brazilian government has built 5 new state-of-the-art stadiums, upgraded 6 others, and rebuilt one.  All stadiums hold over 40,000 spectators.
  • The world's best players, including Robin van Persie, Shinji Kagawa, and Lionel Messi will all be playing.
  • This year's ball is the Brazuca, beating out "Bossa Nova" and "Carnavalesca" in the poll with 70% of fans' votes.  IT stands for national pride in how Brazilians live—with emotion, pride, and goodwill.  As of September 2013, pictures have been leaked but no official image has been released.
While in Brazil for the World Cup, you could also check out:

  • Parintins Folklore Festival, São Luis.  3 days at the end of June.  Focused on folklore surrounding a resurrected ox, this is Brazil's second-largest festival, behind Carnaval.  Two teams compete (with floats, dancing, and singing) to be the best retellers of the ox story.
  • Festas Juninas.  June 13-14.  Honors saints Anthony, John, and Peter; celebrated throughout Brazil.  Experience country music, bonfires, hot air balloons, and fairs.
  • Bauernfest, Petrópolis.  Last weekend of June; first week of July.  The area's settlers were German, and the festival celebrates this heritage with a week of German food, folklore, and music.
  • FLIP, Paraty.  First week of July.  Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty (The Paraty International Literary Festival) brings visitors to this colonial town.
  • Beaches, All across the country.  Don't miss the famed Ipanema, where mountain scenery and refreshments abound.  Other locales nationwide offer scenery from wetlands to white sand, crashing waves to serene lagoons.  Take your pick!
  • Unique local cuisine, music, and art, All across the country.  Give feijoada, a traditional Brazilian stew of black beans and pork, a try while in Brazil.  Indulge in a caipirinha cocktail, too, while enjoying some samba or bossa nova music!

Don't miss the opportunity to see the World Cup—and all that Brazil has to offer—in 2014!