2014 FIFA World Cup
|Copa do Mundo da FIFA
Brasil 2014[nb 1]
2014 FIFA World Cup logo
|Dates||12 June – 13 July (32 days)|
|Teams||32 (from 5 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||12 (in 12 host cities)|
The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international men's football tournament, that is scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. It will be the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the previous being in 1950. Brazil was elected unchallenged as host nation in 2007 after the international football federation, FIFA, decreed that the tournament would be staged in South America for the first time since 1978 in Argentina.
The national teams of 31 countries advanced through qualification competitions that began in June 2011 to participate with the host nation Brazil in the final tournament. A total of 64 matches are to played in twelve cities across Brazil in either new or redeveloped stadiums, with the tournament beginning with a group stage. For the first time at a World Cup Finals, the matches will use goal-line technology.
Spain is the defending champion, having defeated the Netherlands 1–0 in the 2010 World Cup final to win its first World title. The previous four World Cup Finals staged in South America were all won by South American teams.
- 1 Host selection
- 2 Qualification
- 3 Venues
- 4 Final draw
- 5 Squads
- 6 Matches
- 7 Discipline and suspensions
- 8 Marketing
- 9 Preparations
- 10 Broadcasting
- 11 Development programme
- 12 Goal-line technology
- 13 See also
- 14 Notes
- 15 References
- 16 External links
On 7 March 2003, FIFA announced that the tournament would be held in South America for the first time since 1978, in line with its then-active policy of rotating the right to host the World Cup among different confederations. The decision meant that it would be the first time that two consecutive World Cups will be staged outside Europe.
On 3 June 2003, the South American Football Confederation CONMEBOL initially announced that Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia wanted to host the finals. but, by March 2004, the CONMEBOL associations had unanimously voted to adopt Brazil as their sole candidate.
During the intervening months, Colombia decided that it would enter its own bid, and formally declared its candidacy in December 2006. A week earlier Brazil had also formally announced its interest. However, Colombia officially withdrew its bid in April 2007, leaving Brazil as the only host candidate. On 30 October 2007 FIFA officially confirmed that Brazil would host the event.
The allocation of places for the final tournament was decided on 3 March 2011, with the distribution of the 31 places determined through the qualification process unchanged from that of the previous tournament. The qualification draw for the 2014 World Cup was held at the Marina da Glória in Rio de Janeiro on 30 July 2011. As the host nation, Brazil automatically qualified for the tournament.
203 of the 208 FIFA national teams at the time participated in the qualification stages, which began on 15 June 2011 and concluded on 20 November 2013. 24 of the 32 eventual qualifiers were present at the previous tournament, with the only debutant being Bosnia and Herzegovina, which qualified for the first time as an independent nation. The highest-ranked absentee according to FIFA World Rankings will be Ukraine, while the OFC region will have no representation at a World Cup Finals for the first time since 2002.
The following 32 teams, shown with final pre-tournament rankings, qualified for the final tournament.
Eighteen locations were presented as potential World Cup host cities: Belém, Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Campo Grande, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Goiânia, Maceió, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio Branco, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo.
FIFA proposes that no more than one city may use two stadiums, and the number of host cities is limited between eight and ten. The proposal of Ricardo Teixeira, the then-Head of the Brazilian Football Confederation, to use twelve host cities in "the interest of the whole country" was however accepted by FIFA in December 2008.
The twelve host cities were announced on 31 May 2009, with Belém, Campo Grande, Florianópolis, Goiânia and Rio Branco being rejected; Maceió had already withdrawn in January 2009. The twelve selections – each the capital of its state – cover all the main regions of Brazil and create more evenly distributed hosting than the 1950 finals in Brazil provided, when matches were concentrated in the south-east and south. As a result the tournament will require significant long-distance travel for teams.
Half of the chosen host cities have brand new venues built specifically for the World Cup, while the stadium in the capital Brasilia was demolished and rebuilt, and the remaining five are upgrading their current stadiums. A reported US$3.47 billion has been spent on stadium projects. The Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, which already holds the record attendance for a FIFA World Cup Finals match (199,854), is the largest of the stadiums and will stage the final. The CBF originally intended to host the opening match at São Paulo's Estádio do Morumbi but it was dropped in 2010 and replaced by the Arena Corinthians after failing to provide financial guarantees for the required improvements. The first new stadium was operational in January 2013 but three stadiums are forecast to miss FIFA's original 31 December 2013 deadline for completed works.
On 27 January 2013, the Castelão stadium, in Fortaleza, became the first 2014 World Cup stadium to host football matches after the finishing of its remodelling works. In the two matches, Fortaleza and Sport drew, 0-0 before Bahia beat Ceara, 1-0. One week later, on 3 February 2013, Mineirão Stadium held its first match after the remodelling. On 7 April 2013, the third venue for the FIFA World Cup was ready when the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Bahia held its first match after being rebuilt, with Vitória beating Bahia 5-1.
|Rio de Janeiro, RJ||Brasília, DF||São Paulo, SP||Fortaleza, CE|
|Estádio do Maracanã||Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha||Arena de São Paulo||Estádio Castelão|
Construction progress: 90%
|Belo Horizonte, MG||Porto Alegre, RS|
|Estádio Mineirão||Estádio Beira-Rio|
Construction progress: 82%
|Salvador, BA||Recife, PE|
|Arena Fonte Nova||Arena Pernambuco|
|Cuiabá, MT||Manaus, AM||Natal, RN||Curitiba, PR|
|Arena Pantanal||Arena Amazônia||Arena das Dunas||Arena da Baixada|
Construction progress: 80%
Construction progress: 88%
Construction progress: 90%
Construction progress: 79%
The final draw for the 2014 World Cup will be held at Costa do Sauípe Resort, Mata de São João in Bahia on 6 December 2013, at 13:00 local time (UTC−3). In preparation for the final draw, the 32 qualified teams have been organized into four pots of eight teams with the seven highest-ranked teams joining host nation Brazil in the seeded pot.
|Pot 1 (Seeds)||Pot 2 (Africa & South America)||Pot 3 (Asia & North America)||Pot 4 (Europe)|
As with the previous tournaments, FIFA aims to create groups of geographic separation and therefore no teams from the same confederation may be drawn into the same group with the exception of UEFA members; a maximum of two UEFA teams per group is permitted. Due to the uneven number of teams included in the four geographic pots, additional draw procedures will be applied at the final draw to allocate the 32 teams into the eight groups.
As with the 2010 tournament, each team's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will consist of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers). Each participating national association has to confirm their final 23-player squad no later than 10 days before the start of the tournament. Teams are permitted to make late replacements in the event of serious injury, at any time up to 24 hours before their first game.
All times listed below are in Brasília official time (UTC−3). This is the time zone of ten of the twelve venues; the other two, Cuiabá and Manaus, are in the Amazon time zone (UTC−4), therefore for matches hosted at these two venues the local kickoff times are one hour earlier than the times listed below.
The group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16. The ranking of each team in each group will be determined as follows:
- points obtained in all group matches;
- goal difference in all group matches;
- number of goals scored in all group matches;
If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings will be determined as follows:
- points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.
In the knockout stages, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time shall be played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by kicks from the penalty mark to determine the winner.
|Round of 16||Quarter-finals||Semi-finals||Final|
|28 June – Belo Horizonte|
|Winner Group A|
|4 July – Fortaleza|
|Runner-up Group B|
|Winner Match 49|
|28 June – Rio de Janeiro|
|Winner Match 50|
|Winner Group C|
|8 July – Belo Horizonte|
|Runner-up Group D|
|Winner Match 57|
|30 June – Brasília|
|Winner Match 58|
|Winner Group E|
|4 July – Rio de Janeiro|
|Runner-up Group F|
|Winner Match 53|
|30 June – Porto Alegre|
|Winner Match 54|
|Winner Group G|
|13 July – Rio de Janeiro|
|Runner-up Group H|
|Winner Match 61|
|29 June – Fortaleza|
|Winner Match 62|
|Winner Group B|
|5 July – Salvador|
|Runner-up Group A|
|Winner Match 51|
|29 June – Recife|
|Winner Match 52|
|Winner Group D|
|9 July – São Paulo|
|Runner-up Group C|
|Winner Match 59|
|1 July – São Paulo|
|Winner Match 60||Third place|
|Winner Group F|
|5 July – Brasília||12 July – Brasília|
|Runner-up Group E|
|Winner Match 55||Loser Match 61|
|1 July – Salvador|
|Winner Match 56||Loser Match 62|
|Winner Group H|
|Runner-up Group G|
Round of 16
30 June 2014
|Winner Group E||Match 53||Runner-up Group F|
5 July 2014
|Winner Match 55||Match 60||Winner Match 56|
Third place match
Discipline and suspensions
The following players, if included in the final squad of their respective national teams, will be suspended for their team's first match of the tournament for infringements in their final qualification matches. Subject to FIFA disciplinary judgements, suspensions may be extended to more than one match.
Logo, slogan and theme songs
The logo is called "Inspiration", and was created by Brazilian agency Africa. The design stems from an iconic photograph of three victorious hands together raising the world's most famous trophy. As well as depicting the humanitarian notion of hands interlinking, the portrayal of the hands is also symbolic of the yellow and green of Brazil warmly welcoming the world to their country. The logo was unveiled at a ceremony held in Johannesburg on 8 July 2010.
FIFA and the Brazil LOC invited 25 Brazilian-based agencies to submit designs for the Official Emblem of the 2014 tournament and the task of picking the winner was awarded to a high-profile seven-strong judging panel consisting of CBF chairman Ricardo Teixeira, FIFA executive secretary Jérôme Valcke, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, architect Oscar Niemeyer, writer Paulo Coelho, singer Ivete Sangalo, and designer Hans Donner.
Brazilian graphic designer Alexandre Wollner has criticised the design, suggesting that it resembles a hand covering a face in shame, as well as the process through which it was chosen, which had a jury that excluded professional graphic designers.
"All in One Rhythm" will be the official slogan of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The slogan in Portuguese is "Juntos num só ritmo". The slogan will influence marketing and the development of themes for events such as the Fan Fest and the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the briefings of tournament staff and volunteers.
The official poster was announced on 30 January 2013, by World Cup ambassadors Ronaldo, Bebeto, Zagallo, Amarildo, Carlos Alberto Torres, all of them World Champion footballers, and Marta, in a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.
The artwork for this poster, which was created by Karen Haidinger, designer from Brazilian agency Crama, features a map of the country made up from the outlines of football players' legs kicking a football. In addition, the poster provides detailed drawing depicting the Brazilian culture and other features of the Brazilian nation such as the Brazil's fauna and flora.
The colourful poster represents the beauty and diversity of Brazil and, according to FIFA's General Secretary Jérôme Valcke, the artwork is a great example that Brazil is a capable and creative nation.
On 10 September 2013, World Cup's major sponsor Sony unveiled a Global Music Contest to "find" Brazil's World Cup official song. According to Sony, any person from any country in the world can send songs to their site.
The tatu-bola, an armadillo that defends itself from predators by rolling up into a ball, was chosen as the official mascot by FIFA at a ceremony organised by LOC (Local Organizer Committee) on 11 September 2012. The mascot was first introduced to the public during a segment of the news show Fantástico. The name was chosen after a public voting process and announced during the show on 25 November. 1.7 million people (about 48 per cent) voted for Fuleco, ahead of Zuzeco (31 per cent) and Amijubi (21 per cent), making it the winner. The mascot proved hugely popular within Brazil, with approximately 89 per cent Brazilians having seen the mascot and has been seen as a likeable character - he scores an average of 7.3 out of 10 on appeal.
"Fuleco" is a portmanteau of the words "Futebol" ("Football") and "Ecologia" ("Ecology") (also, nicknames finished with -eco are popular in Brazil). The other two proposed names were Amijubi ("Amizade" ("Friendship") and "Júbilo" ("Joy")) and Zuzeco ("Azul" ("blue") and "Ecologia" ("Ecology")).
The official ball of the 2014 World Cup will be the Adidas Brazuca. The name was selected by a public vote that received responses from more than 1 million Brazilian football fans; "Brazuca" received over 70 per cent of the vote. Adidas, the official FIFA World Cup match ball supplier since 1970, took inspiration from elements of Brazilian culture to come up with a shortlist of three possible names for the ball that also included Bossa Nova and Carnavalesca.
The caxirola was certified on 27 September 2012 by the Brazilian Ministry of Sports as the official musical instrument of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, just like vuvuzelas in the case of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The caxirola is not as loud as vuvuzelas are and has been specially designed to sound 'acceptable' in stadiums. However, due to safety concerns, the caxirolas won't be permitted inside the stadiums.
In January 2010 Brazil's federal government estimated that staging the tournament would require it invest $11 billion of funding. It also announced tax breaks for the construction and refurbishment of the stadiums for the 2014 World Cup and that host cities would be exempt from VAT.
The airports in Brazil have identified as "the big problem" by the tournament's organising committee. An estimated 600,000 people will travel by plane to the tournament in addition to three million Brazilians using flight to travel between matches.
Legislation was introduced to enable the state's airport operator Infraero to speed up airport works. However, research by the Brazilian government in 2011 forecast that 10 of the 13 terminals to be upgraded were unlikely to be completed in time for the tournament. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff stated that the government would make "a strong intervention" to ensure that the airports are ready, including opening them up to private investment. To date, the management of three airports has already been handed over to the private sector (earning $10.8 billion), with two further auctions planned before the end of 2013.
Additional major infrastructure projects have been taking place across the country on road systems and light rail and bus rapid transit lines that will connect the airports to the city centres and stadiums. Media reports however speculate that some of these transport links will not be completed in time for the tournament. Over $5 billion will also being invested to build new hotels ready for both the World Cup Finals as well as the 2016 Summer Olympics to be staged in Rio de Janeiro.
A reported 13 of the original 50 planned infrastructure works announced by the Brazilian sports ministry in 2010 have already been cancelled. New projects subsequently introduced were smaller in scale to those originally proposed. Former Brazilian footballer Romário, now a political figure, criticised his country's handling of these preparations but said that "FIFA's requirements were excessive".
The Brazilian government has pledged $900 million will be invested into security forces and that the tournament will be "one of the most protected sports events in history". FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke promised "the highest level of security you can imagine" will operate during competition. It plans to have one police officer for every 50 people attending matches, and one for every 80 people at public viewing events around the country.
Investment in security measures such as facial recognition systems and unmanned security robots has already been made. An integrated security plan has been developed that seeks to gain information from sources about potential terrorists, troublemakers and hooligans.
Security concerns for the tournament have been increased since large scale protests occurred during Brazil's staging of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup with disturbances also occurring outside the stadiums. Protesters cited the amount of public money being invested by the Brazilian government in the hosting of the World Cup at the expense of social services for its population as a key grievance.
1 million tickets for World Cup matches went on sale on 20 August 2013, the first allotment out of a total of 3.3 million tickets available for all matches. Due to strong demand (requests exceeded the 1 million tickets available), everyone who requested a ticket will be subject to a random lottery for tickets, due in October 2013.
A total of 6,164,682 requests for tickets came in from 203 countries, with more than 70% of these from Brazil. About half of the first allotment of tickets were reserved for citizens of Brazil. The countries with the highest amounts of tickets requested were Brazil, Argentina, the US, Chile and England.
Ticket prices range from US $90 for an opening round match to $990 for a ticket to the final, with discounted tickets available to Brazilian students and the elderly (as little as $15 for some matches).
The broadcasting rights – covering television, radio, internet and mobile coverage – for the tournament are sold to media companies in each individual territory either directly by FIFA, or through licensed companies or organizations such as the European Broadcasting Union, Organización de Televisión Iberoamericana, International Media Content, Dentsu, RS International Broadcasting & Sports Management. The sale of these rights accounts for an estimated 60% of FIFA's income from staging a World Cup. For a fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup Finals, the coverage will be provided by HBS (Host Broadcast Services), in partnership with Sony as the production equipment supplier. The International Broadcast Centre will be at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro.
The Brazilian federal government has earmarked R$3 billion (€1.8 billion, £1.1 billion) for investment in works relating to the 2014 World Cup, and intends to release a package of works, entitled the FIFA World Cup PAC (Portuguese acronym for Growth Acceleration Programme). According to the Brazilian minister of cities, Márcio Fortes, the bulk of funds should go to works pertaining to the tournament itself, but the total figure will only be defined after a meeting with representatives of the municipalities that will host the matches.
"This is only an initial figure. We have not set a figure yet. These R$3 billion will allow us to take the first step. The total value of projects is not known yet. We are going to hold talks with mayors to learn which projects are priorities," said the minister. The funds will be supplied by Pró-Transporte, a financing programme funded by the Severance Pay Indemnity Fund (FGTS) whose regulation was passed last year by the fund's Board of Curators.
According to Fortes, several city councils have already contacted the ministry and showed interest in partnership for carrying out infrastructure work turned exclusively to the Cup that will be held in Brazil. "For some time now, the city councils that will host the matches have been contacting us. The city councils have had meetings with FIFA and several projects were outlined. Our approach consists of dealing only with projects exclusively turned to the Cup. Our goal right now is not to solve transport-related issues in the city. We are going to help solve the issues pertaining to the events," he stated. According to the minister, another factor to be analysed by the Ministry of Cities is usefulness and sustainability of the investment after the competition is over. "We are not going to deal with huge projects. The cheapest and most efficient means of transport will be used. Of course, each case will be analysed separately," he explained.
Fortes stated that the PAC of the Cup is going to include partnerships with city councils and state governments, as well as some partnerships with the private sector. "The keyword is partnership. The federal government will not undertake anything by itself. It will be similar to the infrastructure PAC, in which we already have partnerships with city councils and state governments, as well as public-private partnerships. We are going to review the type of investment proposed, analyse their size, and the need for private sector participation, which may take place in different ways. The private sector may build and then lease the assets, or perhaps operate them. All of that will be discussed," he stated.
The minister also informed that preparations for the World Cup already include the creation of a line of financing for renewing the bus fleet across the country. The line will be made available by the Brazilian Federal Savings Bank with total funds of R$1 billion (€600 million, £375 million).
To support the sport's development throughout the continent leading up to the World Cup, FIFA as part of its "Win in CONMEBOL with CONMEBOL" program, has invested in building synthetic football pitches in each country within the confederation. The football turf pitch in Brazil is located at the CBF national training center in Rio de Janeiro and built by a FIFA Preferred Producer for Football Turf.
Maracanã Stadium, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, has been chosen for the final match. Maracanã was inaugurated in the 1950 World Cup. For the 2014 World Cup, among other adaptations, a new cover will be built. The project also includes construction of a building for parking, above the lines of Supervia and subways, with 3,500 parking spaces. The estimated investment is R$460 million. According to the study of Sinaenco, there is a need to improve the visibility for spectators in the first few rows behind the cabins in the Maracanã, redesign the facilities for people with disabilities, and provide general health reform.
The project may also provide for the restoration of Quinta da Boa Vista and the Museum of São Cristóvão, in addition to redevelopment and revitalisation of neighbourhoods including Tijuca. The Engenhão stadium, completed for the 2007 Pan American Games, has a capacity of 45,000 people and will serve as a training ground for the World Cup.
An investment of R$5 billion is required to meet the requirements that Rio de Janeiro faces in the final tournament and other games, covering three areas: logistics (roads, railways, ports, waterways and airports), energy (generation and transmission of electric power, petroleum, natural gas and renewables) and social and urban (light, sanitation, housing, subways and water resources). In relation to the Rio de Janeiro Metro, the Ministry of Transport has held a public hearing regarding the extension of its lines. The line for the new project is 13.5 km (8.4 mi) long, and should cross the South Zone of the city, carrying around 200,000 passengers per day between six metro stations.
The New Corinthians Stadium, in the city of São Paulo, has been chosen for the opening ceremony. São Paulo's chances of staging the opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup improved after FIFA accepted a guarantee that SC Corinthians Paulista's new stadium will be completed in time for the tournament. The stadium, being built by Odebrecht SA, will cost R$800 million (US$522 million), according to Corinthians former President Andres Sanchez. BNDES, the national development bank, pledged R$400 million and the city of São Paulo will provide a property fund worth R$400 million.
On a statement on the Corinthians website, Ricardo Teixeira, president of the World Cup local organising committee and the Brazilian Football Confederation, said: "This approval – in record time, less than a year – is the result of efforts by the government of São Paulo, particularly the Governor Geraldo Alckmin and Mayor Gilberto Kassab." FIFA's approval of the project to build a new home for Brazil's biggest football club by revenue, which originally had a cost estimate of US$1.2 billion, was required for São Paulo to host World Cup games.
In June 2011, then sports minister Orlando Silva said in an interview that the federal government would tell tournament organiser FIFA that São Paulo, Salvador, Belo Horizonte and Brasília are eligible to stage the opening ceremony. FIFA will announce the venue in October. Sanchez said: "I said before that if Corinthians could fulfill all the requirements of FIFA, the opening of the World Cup would be in São Paulo. Corinthians gave the guarantees required by FIFA, so the opening will be in São Paulo." Most of the funding for investment in airports, stadiums, ports and urban transportation before the World Cup will come from the government.
This will be the first World Cup in which goal-line technology will be used after successful implementation in the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan. The aim is to use GLT to support the match officials and to install a system in all stadiums, pending the successful installation, and pre-match referee tests. On 10 October 2013, FIFA confirmed that GoalControl GmbH will be the official goal-line technology provider for the 2014 FIFA World Cup after successful testing at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.
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