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2014 FIFA World Cup
Copa do Mundo da FIFA
Brasil 2014[nb 1]
2014 FIFA World Cup official logo:
Juntos num só ritmo
(All in one rhythm)
Tournament details
Host country Brazil
Dates 12 June – 13 July 2014
Teams 32 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s) 12 (in 12 host cities)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 62
Goals scored 167 (2.69 per match)
Attendance 3,287,101 (53,018 per match)
Top scorer(s) Colombia James Rodríguez
(6 goals)
2010
2018

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is the 20th FIFA World Cup, the tournament for the association football world championship, which is currently taking place at several venues across Brazil.

It began on 12 June, with a group stage, and is scheduled to conclude on 13 July with the final.[1] It is the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the first 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, and the fifth time overall.

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 being played in 12 cities across Brazil in either new or redeveloped stadiums. For the first time at a World Cup finals, match officials are using goal-line technology, as well as vanishing foam for free kicks.[2]

All world champion teams since the first World Cup in 1930Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Uruguay – qualified for this competition. The title holders, Spain, were eliminated at the group stage after losses in the first two matches. The hosts, Brazil, were eliminated in the semi-finals. All seven previous World Cup tournaments staged in the Americas (four in South America and three in North America) were won by South American teams.[3]

Host selection

In 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.[4][5] The decision meant that it would be the first time that two consecutive World Cups were staged outside Europe and the first time two consecutive World Cups were held in the Southern Hemisphere (the 2010 FIFA World Cup was held in South Africa).[6] Only Brazil and Colombia formally declared their candidacy but, after the withdrawal of the latter from the process,[7] Brazil was officially elected as host nation unopposed on 30 October 2007.[8]

Participating teams and officials

Qualification

Following qualification matches between June 2011 and November 2013, the following 32 teams – shown with their final pre-tournament FIFA World Rankings[9] – qualified for the final tournament. 24 out of the 32 teams to qualify are returning participants from the 2010 World Cup. Bosnia and Herzegovina is the only team with no previous World Cup Finals experience.[nb 2][10] Colombia qualified for the World Cup after 16 years of absence; while Russia and Belgium after 12 years; and Croatia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Iran return after missing only one final tournament. Only three top-25 ranked teams did not qualify for the tournament: Ukraine (16), Denmark (23) and Slovenia (25).[9]

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Final draw

The 32 participating teams were drawn into eight groups. In preparation for this, the teams were organised into four pots with the seven highest-ranked teams joining host nation Brazil in the seeded pot.[11] As with the previous tournaments, FIFA aimed to create groups which maximised geographic separation and therefore the unseeded teams were arranged into pots based on geographic considerations.[12][13] The draw took place on 6 December 2013 at the Costa do Sauípe resort in Bahia, during which the teams were drawn by various past World Cup-winning players.[14][15] Under the draw procedure, one randomly drawn team was firstly relocated from Pot 4 to Pot 2 to create four equal pots of eight teams.[12]

Squads

As with the 2010 tournament, each team's squad consists of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers). Each participating national association had to confirm their final 23-player squad no later than 10 days before the start of the tournament.[16] Teams were permitted to make late replacements in the event of serious injury, at any time up to 24 hours before their first game.[16] During a match, all remaining squad members not named in the starting team are available to be one of the three permitted substitutions (provided the player is not serving a suspension).[16]

Officials

In March 2013, FIFA published a list of 52 prospective referees, each paired with two assistant referees, from all six football confederations for the tournament. On 14 January 2014, the FIFA Referees Committee appointed 25 referee trios and eight support duos representing 43 different countries for the tournament.[17][18]

Venues

12 venues (seven new and five renovated) in twelve cities have been selected for the tournament. The venues cover all the main regions of Brazil and create more evenly distributed hosting than the 1950 finals in Brazil.[19] Consequently, the tournament will require long-distance travel for teams.[20] During the World Cup, Brazilian cities will also be home to the participating teams at 32 separate base camps,[21] as well as staging official fan fests where supporters can view the games.[22]

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Brasília, Distrito Federal São Paulo, São Paulo Fortaleza, Ceará
Estádio do Maracanã Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha Arena de São Paulo Estádio Castelão
Capacity: 74,738[23] Capacity: 69,432[23] Capacity: 63,321[23] Capacity: 60,348[23]
Maracanã 2014 e.jpg Brasilia Stadium - June 2013.jpg Arena Corinthians West Building.jpg Fortaleza Arena on March 2014..jpg
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul
Estádio Mineirão Estádio Beira-Rio
Capacity: 58,259[23] Capacity: 43,394[23]
Novo mineirão aérea.jpg Portoalegre aerea arenabeirario.jpg
Salvador, Bahia Recife, Pernambuco[nb 3]
Arena Fonte Nova Arena Pernambuco
Capacity: 51,708[23] Capacity: 42,583[23]
Aerea Fontenova.jpg Itaipava Arena Pernambuco - Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.jpg
Cuiabá, Mato Grosso Manaus, Amazonas Natal, Rio Grande do Norte Curitiba, Paraná
Arena Pantanal Arena da Amazônia Arena das Dunas Arena da Baixada
Capacity: 41,112[23] Capacity: 40,549[23] Capacity: 39,971[23] Capacity: 39,631[23]
Cuiaba Arena.jpg Amazonia Arena.jpg Natal, Brazil - Arena das Dunas.jpg Arenadabaixada2.jpg

Team base camps

Base camps are used by the 32 national squads to stay and train before and during the World Cup tournament. On 31 January 2014, FIFA announced the base camps for each participating team,[21] having earlier circulated a brochure of 84 prospective locations.[24] Most teams have opted to stay in the Southeast Region of Brazil, with only eight teams choosing other regions; five teams (Croatia, Germany, Ghana, Greece and Switzerland) have opted to stay in the Northeast Region and three teams (Ecuador, South Korea and Spain) have opted to stay in the South Region. None have opted to stay in the North Region or the Central-West Region.[25]

FIFA Fan Fests

For a third consecutive World Cup tournament, FIFA are staging FIFA Fan Fests in each of the 12 host cities throughout the competition. Prominent examples are the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, which already held a Fan Fest in 2010, and São Paulo's Vale do Anhangabaú.[26][27] The first official event took place on Iracema Beach, in Fortaleza, on 8 June 2014.[28]

Innovations

Technologies

To avoid ghost goals this World Cup has introduced goal-line technology. It is the fourth FIFA competition to use the technology after successful trials at 2012 Club World Cup, 2013 Club World Cup and 2013 Confederations Cup. The German company GoalControl was selected as the tournament's official goal-line technology provider in October 2013.[29] France's second goal in their group game against Honduras was the first time goal-line technology confirmed that a goal should be given.[30]

Following successful trials,[nb 4] FIFA approved the use of vanishing foam by the referees for the first time at a World Cup Finals. The water-based spray, which disappears within minutes of application, can be used to mark a ten-yard line for the defending team during a free kick and also to draw where the ball is to be placed for a free kick.[31]

The Adidas Brazuca is the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[32][33][34] Adidas created a new design of ball after criticisms of the Adidas Jabulani used in the previous World Cup. The number of panels was reduced to six, with the panels being thermally bonded. This created a ball with increased consistency and aerodynamics compared to its predecessor. Furthermore Adidas underwent an extensive testing process lasting more than two years to produce a ball that would meet the approval of football professionals.

Cooling breaks

Because of the relatively high ambient temperatures in Brazil, particularly at the northern venues, "cooling breaks" for the players were introduced.[35] Breaks can take place after the 30th minute of the first and second half of games at the referee's discretion if the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature exceeds 32 °C (90 °F).

The first cooling break in World Cup play took place during the 32nd minute of the Netherlands vs. Mexico Round of 16 match.[36][37][38][39] At the start of the match, FIFA listed the temperature at 32 °C (90 °F) with 68% humidity.[40]

Anti-doping

The biological passport was introduced in the FIFA World Cup starting in 2014. Blood and urine samples from all players before the competition, and from two players per team per match, are analysed by the Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses.[41] FIFA reported that 91.5% of the players taking part in the tournament were tested before the start of the competition and none tested positive.[42] However, FIFA was criticised for its approach towards finding doping offences.[clarification needed][43][44]

Format

The first round, or group stage, is a competition between the 32 teams divided among eight groups of four, where each group engages in a round-robin tournament within itself. The two highest ranked teams in each group advance to the knockout stage.[16] Teams are awarded 3 point for a win and one for a draw. When comparing teams in a group over-all result goes before head-to-head.

In the knockout stage there are four rounds (round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final), with each eliminating the losers. The two semi-final losers compete in a third place play-off. For any match in the knockout stage, a draw after 90 minutes of regulation time is followed by two 15 minute periods of extra time to determine a winner. If the teams are still tied, a penalty shoot-out is held to determine a winner.[16]

The match schedule was announced on 20 October 2011[45] with the kick-off times being confirmed on 27 September 2012;[46] after the final draw, the kick-off times of seven matches were adjusted by FIFA.[47] The competition is organised so that teams that played each other in the group stage cannot meet again during the knockout phase until the final (or the 3rd place match).[16] The group stage began on 12 June, with the host nation competing in the opening game as has been the format since the 2006 tournament. The opening game was preceded by an opening ceremony that began at 15:15 local time.[48]

Group stage

The group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup took place in Brazil from 12 June 2014 to 26 June 2014: each team played three games. The group stage was notable for a scarcity of draws and a large number of goals. The first drawn (and goalless) match did not occur until the 13th match of the tournament, between Iran and Nigeria: a drought longer than any World Cup since 1930.[49] The group stage produced a total of 136 goals, nine fewer than were scored during the entire 2010 tournament.[50] This is the largest number of goals in the group stage since the 32-team system was implemented in 1998 [51] and the largest average in a group stage since 1958.[52]

Group A

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Brazil 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 7
 Mexico 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
 Croatia 3 1 0 2 6 6 0 3
 Cameroon 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0
12 June 2014
Brazil  3–1  Croatia Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo
13 June 2014
Mexico  1–0  Cameroon Arena das Dunas, Natal
17 June 2014
Brazil  0–0  Mexico Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
18 June 2014
Cameroon  0–4  Croatia Arena da Amazônia, Manaus
23 June 2014
Cameroon  1–4  Brazil Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília
Croatia  1–3  Mexico Arena Pernambuco, Recife

Group B

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Netherlands 3 3 0 0 10 3 +7 9
 Chile 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
 Spain 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3 3
 Australia 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0
13 June 2014
Spain  1–5  Netherlands Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Chile  3–1  Australia Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
18 June 2014
Australia  2–3  Netherlands Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Spain  0–2  Chile Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
23 June 2014
Australia  0–3  Spain Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
Netherlands  2–0  Chile Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo

Group C

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Colombia 3 3 0 0 9 2 +7 9
 Greece 3 1 1 1 2 4 −2 4
 Ivory Coast 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
 Japan 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1
14 June 2014
Colombia  3–0  Greece Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Ivory Coast  2–1  Japan Arena Pernambuco, Recife
19 June 2014
Colombia  2–1  Ivory Coast Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília
Japan  0–0  Greece Arena das Dunas, Natal
24 June 2014
Japan  1–4  Colombia Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
Greece  2–1  Ivory Coast Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza

Group D

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Costa Rica 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
 Uruguay 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 6
 Italy 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3
 England 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
14 June 2014
Uruguay  1–3  Costa Rica Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
England  1–2  Italy Arena da Amazônia, Manaus
19 June 2014
Uruguay  2–1  England Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo
20 June 2014
Italy  0–1  Costa Rica Arena Pernambuco, Recife
24 June 2014
Italy  0–1  Uruguay Arena das Dunas, Natal
Costa Rica  0–0  England Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte

Group E

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 France 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6 7
  Switzerland 3 2 0 1 7 6 +1 6
 Ecuador 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Honduras 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
15 June 2014
Switzerland   2–1  Ecuador Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília
France  3–0  Honduras Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
20 June 2014
Switzerland   2–5  France Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Honduras  1–2  Ecuador Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
25 June 2014
Honduras  0–3   Switzerland Arena da Amazônia, Manaus
Ecuador  0–0  France Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro

Group F

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Argentina 3 3 0 0 6 3 +3 9
 Nigeria 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
 Iran 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
15 June 2014
Argentina  2–1  Bosnia and Herzegovina Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
16 June 2014
Iran  0–0  Nigeria Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
21 June 2014
Argentina  1–0  Iran Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Nigeria  1–0  Bosnia and Herzegovina Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
25 June 2014
Nigeria  2–3  Argentina Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Bosnia and Herzegovina  3–1  Iran Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador

Group G

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Germany 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 7
 United States 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
 Portugal 3 1 1 1 4 7 −3 4
 Ghana 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2 1
16 June 2014
Germany  4–0  Portugal Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Ghana  1–2  United States Arena das Dunas, Natal
21 June 2014
Germany  2–2  Ghana Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
22 June 2014
United States  2–2  Portugal Arena da Amazônia, Manaus
26 June 2014
United States  0–1  Germany Arena Pernambuco, Recife
Portugal  2–1  Ghana Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília

Group H

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Belgium 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9
 Algeria 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 4
 Russia 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
 South Korea 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
17 June 2014
Belgium  2–1  Algeria Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
Russia  1–1  South Korea Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
22 June 2014
Belgium  1–0  Russia Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
South Korea  2–4  Algeria Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
26 June 2014
South Korea  0–1  Belgium Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo
Algeria  1–1  Russia Arena da Baixada, Curitiba

Knockout stage

The knockout stage involved the sixteen teams that qualified from the group stage of the tournament. There were four rounds of matches, with each round eliminating half of the teams entering that round. The successive rounds were: round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final. There will be a play-off to decide third/fourth place. For each game in the knockout stage, a draw was followed by thirty minutes of extra time (two fifteen minute halves); if scores were still level there would be a penalty shoot-out (at least five penalties each, and more if necessary until a winner emerges) to determine who progressed to the next round. Scores after extra time are indicated by (aet), and penalty shoot-outs are indicated by (pen.).


Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
28 June – Belo Horizonte            
  Brazil (pen.)  1 (3)
4 July – Fortaleza
  Chile  1 (2)  
  Brazil  2
28 June – Rio de Janeiro
    Colombia  1  
  Colombia  2
8 JulyBelo Horizonte
  Uruguay  0  
  Brazil  1
30 June – Brasília
    Germany  7  
  France  2
4 July – Rio de Janeiro
  Nigeria  0  
  France  0
30 June – Porto Alegre
    Germany  1  
  Germany (aet)  2
13 JulyRio de Janeiro
  Algeria  1  
  Germany  
29 June – Fortaleza
    Argentina  
  Netherlands  2
5 July – Salvador
  Mexico  1  
  Netherlands (pen.)  0 (4)
29 June – Recife
    Costa Rica  0 (3)  
  Costa Rica (pen.)  1 (5)
9 July – São Paulo
  Greece  1 (3)  
  Netherlands  0 (2)
1 July – São Paulo
    Argentina (pen.)  0 (4)   Third place
  Argentina (aet)  1
5 July – Brasília 12 July – Brasília
   Switzerland  0  
  Argentina  1   Brazil  
1 July – Salvador
    Belgium  0     Netherlands  
  Belgium (aet)  2
  United States  1  


Round of 16

For the first time since the 32-team format was introduced, all the group winners advanced into the quarterfinals. They included four teams from UEFA, three from CONMEBOL, and one from CONCACAF. Of the eight matches, five required extra-time, and two of these required penalty shoot-outs; this was the first time penalty shoot-outs happened in more than one game in a round of 16.[nb 5] The goal average per game in the round of 16 was 2.25, a drop of 0.58 goals per game from the group stage.[53] The eight teams to win in the round of 16 included four former champions (Brazil, Germany, Argentina, and France), a three-time runner up (Netherlands), and two first-time quarterfinalists (Colombia and Costa Rica).[54][55] Belgium reached their first quarterfinals since 1986.[56]

All times listed below are at local time (UTC−3)


28 June 2014
17:00
Colombia  2–0  Uruguay
Rodríguez Goal 28'50' Report

29 June 2014
13:00
Netherlands  2–1  Mexico
Sneijder Goal 88'
Huntelaar Goal 90+4' (pen.)
Report Dos Santos Goal 48'
Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
Attendance: 58,817
Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)


30 June 2014
13:00
France  2–0  Nigeria
Pogba Goal 79'
Yobo Goal 90+2' (o.g.)
Report

30 June 2014
17:00
Germany  2–1 (a.e.t.)  Algeria
Schürrle Goal 92'
Özil Goal 120'
Report Djabou Goal 120+1'
Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Attendance: 43,063
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)

1 July 2014
13:00
Argentina  1–0 (a.e.t.)   Switzerland
Di María Goal 118' Report
Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo
Attendance: 63,255
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

1 July 2014
17:00
Belgium  2–1 (a.e.t.)  United States
De Bruyne Goal 93'
Lukaku Goal 105'
Report Green Goal 107'
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
Attendance: 51,227
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)

Quarter-finals

The quarter-finals were contested by all the group stage winners for the first time in World Cup history.[57] Germany's 1–0 victory over France set a world cup record with four consecutive semi-finals. Brazil beat Colombia 2–1, but Brazil's Neymar was injured and will miss the rest of the competition. Argentina reached the final four for the first time since 1990 after a 1–0 win over Belgium. The Netherlands reached the semi-finals for the second consecutive tournament, after overcoming Costa Rica in a penalty shoot-out following a 0–0 draw at the end of extra time.

4 July 2014
13:00
France  0–1  Germany
Report Hummels Goal 13'

4 July 2014
17:00
Brazil  2–1  Colombia
Thiago Silva Goal 7'
David Luiz Goal 69'
Report Rodríguez Goal 80' (pen.)

5 July 2014
13:00
Argentina  1–0  Belgium
Higuaín Goal 8' Report

Semi-finals

Germany qualified for the final for the eighth time with a 7–1 win over Brazil - the biggest defeat in Brazilian history. Argentina reached their first final since 1990, and the fifth overall after overcoming Netherlands in a penalty shoot-out following a 0–0 draw at the end of extra time. As a result, the final will be the third that will feature Germany versus Argentina and this way becoming the most repeated World Cup Final ever.

8 July 2014
17:00
Brazil  1–7  Germany
Oscar Goal 90' Report Müller Goal 11'
Klose Goal 23'
Kroos Goal 24'26'
Khedira Goal 29'
Schürrle Goal 69'79'

Third place play-off

Final

Statistics

Goalscorers

Players rendered in bold are still active in the competition. Goals scored from penalty shoot-outs are not counted.

6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

Source: FIFA[58]

Discipline

The most notable disciplinary case was that of Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez, who was suspended for nine international matches and banned from taking part in any football-related activity (including entering any stadium) for four months, following a biting incident on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. He was also fined CHF100,000.[59][60][61]

Prize money

The total prize money on offer for the tournament was confirmed by FIFA as US$576 million (including payments of US$70 million to domestic clubs), a 37 percent increase from the amount allocated in the 2010 tournament.[62] Before the tournament, each of the 32 entrants will receive US$1.5 million for preparation costs. Once at the tournament, the prize money will be distributed as follows:

Tournament team rankings

Result of countries participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Pos. Team G Pld W D L Pts GF GA GD
1  ?
2  ?
3  ?
4  ?
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5  Colombia C 5 4 0 1 12 12 4 +8
6  Belgium H 5 4 0 1 12 6 3 +3
7  France E 5 3 1 1 10 10 3 +7
8  Costa Rica D 5 2 3 0 9 5 2 +3
Eliminated in the round of 16
9  Chile B 4 2 1 1 7 6 4 +2
10  Mexico A 4 2 1 1 7 5 3 +2
11   Switzerland E 4 2 0 2 6 7 7 0
12  Uruguay D 4 2 0 2 6 4 6 -2
13  Greece C 4 1 2 1 5 3 5 -2
14  Algeria H 4 1 1 2 4 7 7 0
15  United States G 4 1 1 2 4 5 6 -1
16  Nigeria F 4 1 1 2 4 3 5 -2
Eliminated in the group stage
17  Ecuador E 3 1 1 1 4 3 3 0
18  Portugal G 3 1 1 1 4 4 7 -3
19  Croatia A 3 1 0 2 3 6 6 0
20  Bosnia and Herzegovina F 3 1 0 2 3 4 4 0
21  Ivory Coast C 3 1 0 2 3 4 5 -1
22  Italy D 3 1 0 2 3 2 3 -1
23  Spain B 3 1 0 2 3 4 7 -3
24  Russia H 3 0 2 1 2 2 3 -1
25  Ghana G 3 0 1 2 1 4 6 -2
26  England D 3 0 1 2 1 2 4 -2
27  South Korea H 3 0 1 2 1 3 6 -3
28  Iran F 3 0 1 2 1 1 4 -3
29  Japan C 3 0 1 2 1 2 6 -4
30  Australia B 3 0 0 3 0 3 9 -6
31  Honduras E 3 0 0 3 0 1 8 -7
32  Cameroon A 3 0 0 3 0 1 9 -8

Preparations and costs

Forecasts on the eve of the tournament estimate the cost to the Brazilian government will be US$14 billion, making it the most expensive World Cup to date.[63] FIFA is expected to spend US$2 billion on staging the finals,[64] with its greatest single expense being the US$576 million prize money pot.[62]

Although organisers originally estimated costs of US$1.1 billion,[65] a reported US$3.6 billion has ultimately been spent on stadium works.[66][67] Five of the chosen host cities have brand new venues built specifically for the World Cup, while the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in the capital Brasília was demolished and rebuilt, with the remaining six being extensively renovated.[68]

An additional R$3 billion (US$1.3 billion, €960 million, £780 million at June 2014 rates) has been earmarked by the Brazilian government for investment in infrastructure works and projects for use during the 2014 World Cup and beyond.[69] However, the failed completion of many of the proposed works has provoked discontent among some Brazilians.[70][71][72]

The Brazilian government has pledged US$900 million will be invested into security forces and that the tournament will be "one of the most protected sports events in history."[73]

Marketing

Fuleco, the official mascot of the 2014 FIFA World Cup

The marketing of the 2014 FIFA World Cup includes sale of tickets, support from sponsors and promotion through events that utilise the symbols and songs of the tournament. Popular merchandise includes items featuring the official mascot as well as an official video game that has been developed by EA Sports.[74]

Media

For a fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup Finals, the coverage is being provided by HBS (Host Broadcast Services), a subsidiary of Infront Sports & Media.[75] Sony has been selected as the official equipment provider and has built 12 bespoke high definition production 40-foot-long containers, one for each tournament venue, to house the extensive amount of equipment required.[76][77] Each match utilises 37 standard camera plans, including Aerial and Cablecam, two Ultramotion cameras and dedicated cameras for interviews.[77] The official tournament film, as well as three matches,[nb 7] will be filmed with ultra high definition technology (4K resolution), following a successful trial at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.[78]

The broadcasting rights – covering television, radio, internet and mobile coverage – for the tournament have been sold to media companies in each individual territory either directly by FIFA, or through licensed companies or organisations such as the European Broadcasting Union, Organización de Televisión Iberoamericana, International Media Content, Dentsu and RS International Broadcasting & Sports Management.[79] The sale of these rights accounts for an estimated 60% of FIFA's income from staging a World Cup.[80] The International Broadcast Centre is situated at the Riocentro in the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro.[81][82]

Worldwide, several games have qualified as the most-watched sporting events in their country in 2014, including 42.9 million people in Brazil for the opening game between Brazil and Croatia, the 34.1 million in Japan who saw their team play Ivory Coast, and 26.4 million in Germany who saw their national team beat Portugal, while the 24.7 million viewers during the game between the USA and Portugal is joint with the 2010 final as the most-watched football game in the United States.[83]

Controversies

The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil has generated various controversies, including demonstrations, some of which took place even before the tournament started. Most have centred around officiating, with international referees including Yuichi Nishimura, Milorad Mažić, Enrique Osses, Peter O'Leary, Ravshan Irmatov, and assistant Humberto Clavijo coming under criticism for their performances. Furthermore, there have been issues with safety and health, including eight deaths of workers and a fire during construction, breaches into stadiums, an unstable makeshift staircase at the Maracanã Stadium, a monorail collapse, and the collapse of an unfinished overpass in Belo Horizonte.[84][85][86][87][88] The most notable disciplinary case was that of Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez, who was disciplined after biting an Italian player during a game.

Protests

Anti-World Cup demonstration on the opening day.

Prior to the opening ceremony of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup staged in Brazil, demonstrations took place outside the venue, organised by people unhappy with the amount of public money spent to enable the hosting of the FIFA World Cup.[89] Both the Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and FIFA president Sepp Blatter were heavily booed as they were announced to give their speeches at the 2013 tournament's opening,[90] which resulted in FIFA announcing that the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony would not feature any speeches.[91] Further protests took place during the Confederations Cup as well as prior to and during the World Cup.[92][93][94][95][96]

Breaches into stadiums

At the Group B match between Spain and Chile, around 100 Chilean supporters who had gathered outside Maracanã Stadium forced their way into the stadium and caused damage to the media centre. Military police reported that 85 Chileans were detained during the events, while others reached the stands. Earlier, about 20 Argentinians made a similar breach during Argentina's Group F game against Bosnia and Herzegovina at the same stadium.[97][98]

Bridge collapse

On 3 July 2014, an overpass under construction in Belo Horizonte as part of the World Cup infrastructure projects collapsed onto a busy carriageway below, leaving two people dead and 22 others injured.[99][100]

Luis Suárez biting incident

Around the 79th minute of Uruguay's final group match against Italy on 24 June, Uruguay striker Luis Suárez bit the shoulder of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. As the Italian players protested to Mexican referee Marco Antonio Rodríguez for not penalising Suárez, Uruguay scored on a corner and went on to win 1–0, thus advancing to the knockout stage and eliminating Italy.[101][102][103] After the match, Suárez denied any wrongdoing, despite photographic and video evidence. Because it was the third time he had bitten an opponent,[102][104][105] the FIFA Disciplinary Committee banned him for nine international matches, including the remaining matches at the World Cup, and he was fined CHF100,000 and banned from taking part in any football-related activity (including entering any stadium) for four months.[59][60][61] Suárez later admitted and apologised to Chiellini for "[suffering] the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with [Suárez]", and Chiellini accepted the apology.[106][107]

Notes

  1. ^ The Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation is [ˈkɔpɐ du ˈmũdu da ˈfifɐ bɾaˈziw ˈdojz ˈmiw i kaˈtoʁzi], in Brazil's standard pronunciation.
  2. ^ Bosnia and Herzegovina was until 1992 part of Yugoslavia, which competed at eight World Cup tournaments.
  3. ^ The Arena Pernambuco is located in São Lourenço da Mata, Recife metropolitan area.
  4. ^ The spray was trialled at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup and 2013 FIFA Club World Cup
  5. ^ In 1938's round of 16, two games were also tied after extra-time, but those were replayed instead.
  6. ^ Out after quarter-final with fractured vertebra.
  7. ^ Those matches scheduled to be filmed in ultra high definition are one match from the round of 16 (on 28 June), one quarter-final (on 4 July) and the final

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