The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international men’s football tournament. Arguably the biggest and the most anticipated sporting event of the year, is about to kick-start and will run from 12th June to 13th July 2014.
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
It’s going to be the year’s biggest sporting carnival with Brazil, the land of football hosting the competition for the second time, the last one was held in 1950.
This aerial view shot through an airplane window shows the Maracana stadium behind the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 13, 2014.
31 Great National Teams from different countries battled and advanced through qualification rounds that began in June 2011 to participate with the host nation Brazil in the final tournament. A total of 64 breathtaking matches are to be played in 12 exotic cities across Brazil in either new or redeveloped stadiums, with the tournament beginning with a group stage. It’s for the first time in the history of football and at World Cup Finals; the matches will use goal-line technology.
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Match Schedule (Source: FIFA)
The coverage of the 2014 World Cup starts on Friday, 13th June, 2014 at 1:30 am IST (Thursday, 12th June, 2014 at 17:00 hrs Brazil Standard Time (BRT)). The opening ceremony will be covered by Sony SIX. Live coverage starts at (11:30pm IST) 3pm BRT. The inaugural match, Brazil v Croatia, will be aired at (1:30am IST) 5pm BRT.
The broadcasting rights for the 2014 World Cup in the INDIA have been split between the Sony SIX and DD Sports.
Star Players of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
World Cup Stars: 20 Electrifying Players You Need to Know
It’s time for a look at 20 of the World Cup’s most exciting players. These are the names you need to know to this summer.
1. Lionel Messi, Argentina
2. Sergio Aguero, Argentina
3. Mario Balotelli, Italy
4. Andrea Pirlo, Italy
5. Paul Pogba, France
6. Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
7. Yaya Touré, Côte d’Ivoire
8. Luis Suarez, Uruguay
9. Neymar, Brazil
10. Eden Hazard, Belgium
11. Shinji Kagawa, Japan
12. Clint Dempsey, USA
13. Jozy Altidore, USA
14. Andrés Iniesta, Spain
15. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Germany
16. Mesut Özil, Germany
17. Edin Džeko, Bosnia and Herzegovina
18. Wesley Sneijder, Netherlands
19. Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland
20. Javier Hernandez, Mexico
*All Times indicated are in Indian Standard Time (IST)
Some Moments from the World Cup
A general view of the Opening Ceremony of the 64th FIFA Congress at the Transamerica Expo Center on June 10, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Opening Ceremony at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil
We Are One (Ole Ola) [The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Song]