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)
|Dates||12 June – 13 July 2014 (32 days)|
|Teams||32 (from 5 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||12 (in 12 host cities)|
|Goals scored||167 (2.69 per match)|
|Attendance||3,287,101 (53,018 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| James Rodríguez
It began on 12 June, with a group stage, and is scheduled to conclude on 13 July with the final. 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.
All world champion teams since the first World Cup in 1930 – Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Uruguay – qualified for this competition. The title holders, Spain, were eliminated at the group stage, as well as England and Italy. Uruguay were eliminated in the Round of 16 and France were eliminated at the quarter-finals. The hosts, Brazil, were eliminated in the semi-finals, which means that the title will be decided between previous champions Argentina and Germany. 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.
- 1 Host selection
- 2 Participating teams and officials
- 3 Venues
- 4 Innovations
- 5 Format
- 6 Group stage
- 7 Knockout stage
- 8 Statistics
- 9 Preparations and costs
- 10 Marketing
- 11 Media
- 12 Controversies
- 13 Notes
- 14 References
- 15 External links
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. 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). Only Brazil and Colombia formally declared their candidacy but, after the withdrawal of the latter from the process, Brazil was officially elected as host nation unopposed on 30 October 2007.
Participating teams and officials
Following qualification matches between June 2011 and November 2013, the following 32 teams – shown with their final pre-tournament FIFA World Rankings – 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] 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).
|Teams listed by FIFA ranking as of June 2014|
|20||Bosnia and Herzegovina||UEFA||21|
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. Teams were permitted to make late replacements in the event of serious injury, at any time up to 24 hours before their first game. 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).
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.
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. Consequently, the tournament will require long-distance travel for teams. During the World Cup, Brazilian cities will also be home to the participating teams at 32 separate base camps, as well as staging official fan fests where supporters can view the games.
|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||Capacity: 69,432||Capacity: 63,321||Capacity: 60,348|
|Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais||Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul|
|Estádio Mineirão||Estádio Beira-Rio|
|Capacity: 58,259||Capacity: 43,394|
|Salvador, Bahia||Recife, Pernambuco[nb 3]|
|Arena Fonte Nova||Arena Pernambuco|
|Capacity: 51,708||Capacity: 42,583|
|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||Capacity: 40,549||Capacity: 39,971||Capacity: 39,631|
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, having earlier circulated a brochure of 84 prospective locations. 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.
|National squads' base camps|
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. The first official event took place on Iracema Beach, in Fortaleza, on 8 June 2014.
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. France's second goal in their group game against Honduras was the first time goal-line technology confirmed that a goal should be given.
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.
The Adidas Brazuca is the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 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.
Because of the relatively high ambient temperatures in Brazil, particularly at the northern venues, "cooling breaks" for the players were introduced. 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. At the start of the match, FIFA listed the temperature at 32 °C (90 °F) with 68% humidity.
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. 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. However, FIFA was criticised for its approach towards finding doping offences.[clarification needed]
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. 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.
|Tie-breaking criteria for group play|
|The ranking of teams in each group is based on the following criteria:
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.
The match schedule was announced on 20 October 2011 with the kick-off times being confirmed on 27 September 2012; after the final draw, the kick-off times of seven matches were adjusted by FIFA. 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). 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.
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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. The group stage produced a total of 136 goals, nine fewer than were scored during the entire 2010 tournament. This is the largest number of goals in the group stage since the 32-team system was implemented in 1998  and the largest average in a group stage since 1958.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||3||1||0||2||4||4||0||3|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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.).
|28 June – Belo Horizonte|
|Brazil (pen.)||1 (3)|
|4 July – Fortaleza|
|28 June – Rio de Janeiro|
|8 July – Belo Horizonte|
|30 June – Brasília|
|4 July – Rio de Janeiro|
|30 June – Porto Alegre|
|13 July – Rio de Janeiro|
|29 June – Fortaleza|
|5 July – Salvador|
|Netherlands (pen.)||0 (4)|
|29 June – Recife|
|Costa Rica||0 (3)|
|Costa Rica (pen.)||1 (5)|
|9 July – São Paulo|
|1 July – São Paulo|
|Argentina (pen.)||0 (4)||Third place|
|5 July – Brasília||12 July – Brasília|
|1 July – Salvador|
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. 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). Belgium reached their first quarterfinals since 1986.
All times listed below are at local time (UTC−3)
28 June 2014
|David Luiz 18'||Report||Sánchez 32'|
28 June 2014
|Rodríguez 28', 50'||Report|
29 June 2014
Huntelaar 90+4' (pen.)
|Report||Dos Santos 48'|
29 June 2014
|Costa Rica||1–1 (a.e.t.)||Greece|
|Ruiz 52'||Report||Papastathopoulos 90+1'|
30 June 2014
Yobo 90+2' (o.g.)
30 June 2014
1 July 2014
|Di María 118'||Report|
1 July 2014
|Belgium||2–1 (a.e.t.)||United States|
|De Bruyne 93'
The quarter-finals were contested by all the group stage winners for the first time in World Cup history. 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
4 July 2014
|Thiago Silva 7'
David Luiz 69'
|Report||Rodríguez 80' (pen.)|
5 July 2014
5 July 2014
|Netherlands||0–0 (a.e.t.)||Costa Rica|
Germany qualified for the final for the eighth time with a 7–1 win over Brazil – the biggest defeat in Brazilian history since 1920. 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. The third place will be decided between the Netherlands and Brazil for the first time; the South American team has two third place titles while the Dutch team has none. The final will be the third to feature Germany against Argentina; it is the most repeated World Cup Final ever.
8 July 2014
|Oscar 90'||Report||Müller 11'
Kroos 24', 26'
Schürrle 69', 79'
9 July 2014
Third place play-off
12 July 2014
13 July 2014
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
- Yacine Brahimi
- Sofiane Feghouli
- Rafik Halliche
- Gonzalo Higuaín
- Ángel di María
- Marcos Rojo
- Mile Jedinak
- Kevin De Bruyne
- Marouane Fellaini
- Romelu Lukaku
- Dries Mertens
- Divock Origi
- Jan Vertonghen
- Edin Džeko
- Vedad Ibišević
- Miralem Pjanić
- Avdija Vršajević
- Thiago Silva
- Joël Matip
- Charles Aránguiz
- Jean Beausejour
- Jorge Valdivia
- Eduardo Vargas
- Pablo Armero
- Juan Guillermo Cuadrado
- Teófilo Gutiérrez
- Juan Fernando Quintero
- Joel Campbell
- Óscar Duarte
- Marco Ureña
- Ivica Olić
- Wayne Rooney
- Daniel Sturridge
- Olivier Giroud
- Blaise Matuidi
- Paul Pogba
- Moussa Sissoko
- Mathieu Valbuena
- Mario Götze
- Sami Khedira
- Mesut Özil
- Sokratis Papastathopoulos
- Georgios Samaras
- Andreas Samaris
- Carlo Costly
- Reza Ghoochannejhad
- Mario Balotelli
- Claudio Marchisio
- Keisuke Honda
- Shinji Okazaki
- Koo Ja-cheol
- Lee Keun-ho
- Son Heung-min
- Giovani dos Santos
- Andrés Guardado
- Javier Hernández
- Rafael Márquez
- Oribe Peralta
- Leroy Fer
- Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
- Wesley Sneijder
- Stefan de Vrij
- Peter Odemwingie
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Silvestre Varela
- Aleksandr Kerzhakov
- Aleksandr Kokorin
- Xabi Alonso
- Juan Mata
- Fernando Torres
- David Villa
- Blerim Džemaili
- Admir Mehmedi
- Haris Seferović
- Granit Xhaka
- John Brooks
- Julian Green
- Jermaine Jones
- Edinson Cavani
- Diego Godín
- Own goals
- Sead Kolašinac (against Argentina)
- Marcelo (against Croatia)
- John Boye (against Portugal)
- Noel Valladares (against France)
- Joseph Yobo (against France)
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.
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. 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:
- US$8 million – To each team eliminated at the group stage (16 teams)
- US$9 million – To each team eliminated in the round of 16 (8 teams)
- US$14 million – To each team eliminated in the quarter-finals (4 teams)
- US$20 million – Fourth placed team
- US$22 million – Third placed team
- US$25 million – Runner-up
- US$35 million – Winner
Tournament team rankings
|Eliminated in the quarter-finals|
|Eliminated in the round of 16|
|Eliminated in the group stage|
|20||Bosnia and Herzegovina||F||3||1||0||2||3||4||4||0|
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. FIFA is expected to spend US$2 billion on staging the finals, with its greatest single expense being the US$576 million prize money pot.
Although organisers originally estimated costs of US$1.1 billion, a reported US$3.6 billion has ultimately been spent on stadium works. 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.
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. However, the failed completion of many of the proposed works has provoked discontent among some Brazilians.
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."
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. The official song of the tournament is We Are One (Ole Ola) with vocals from Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte.
For a fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup Finals, the coverage is being provided by HBS (Host Broadcast Services), a subsidiary of Infront Sports & Media. 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. Each match utilises 37 standard camera plans, including Aerial and Cablecam, two Ultramotion cameras and dedicated cameras for interviews. 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.
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. The sale of these rights accounts for an estimated 60% of FIFA's income from staging a World Cup. The International Broadcast Centre is situated at the Riocentro in the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro.
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.
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. The most notable disciplinary case was that of Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez, who was disciplined after biting an Italian player during a game.
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. 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, which resulted in FIFA announcing that the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony would not feature any speeches. Further protests took place during the Confederations Cup as well as prior to and during the World Cup.
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.
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.
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. After the match, Suárez denied any wrongdoing, despite photographic and video evidence. Because it was the third time he had bitten an opponent, 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. 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.
- The Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation is [ˈkɔpɐ du ˈmũdu da ˈfifɐ bɾaˈziw ˈdojz ˈmiw i kaˈtoʁzi], in Brazil's standard pronunciation.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina was until 1992 part of Yugoslavia, which competed at eight World Cup tournaments.
- The Arena Pernambuco is located in São Lourenço da Mata, Recife metropolitan area.
- The spray was trialled at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup and 2013 FIFA Club World Cup
- In 1938's round of 16, two games were also tied after extra-time, but those were replayed instead.
- Out after quarter-final with fractured vertebra.
- 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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