Rio de Janeiro

(Estádio do Maracanã)

Capacity

77,000

Salvador

(Arena Fonte Nova)

Capacity

56,000

Group D

Fixtures

6

Venues

Fixtures

6

Recife

(Arena Pernambuco)

Capacity

46,000

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Group A

? GROUPS & ODDS

? PREDICTIONS

? VENUES

2014 will see the 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup, a tournament which started way back in 1930. In short, they’ll be unnoticed at the start, but make their presence felt more and more as the tournament progresses. Nevertheless, keep an eye on them too throughout the tournament. This does not mean that they will just come and go! Mind you, some are more than capable of beating the best, but only on their day.

Group E

Copa do Mundo da FIFA Brasil 2014

Group F

Outside Chance

Netherlands, England, and France are three teams who have the potential to win the most coveted trophy in soccer, but more often than not falter just before the final hurdle. They are the defending champions, besides also winning the Euro championships-the only team to achieve this feat. They are ranked 3rd, and not without reason.

Fixtures

4

Curitiba

(Arena da Baixada)

Capacity

44,000

Fixtures

6

Fortaleza

(Estádio Castelão)

Capacity

65,000

Fixtures

5

So, who do you think will win the World Cup? Vote for your favorite team in the poll below.

Natal

(Arena das Dunas)

Capacity

42,000. Football, also known as soccer, is the most popular sport on the planet, with a fan base of 3.5+ billion people worldwide. They have won the World Cup 4 times, only second to Brazil, and know what it takes to reach the top. Half the planet will be tuned in to the extravaganza, which is the most watched sports tournament in the world.

Serious Contenders

Italy is one team that can go all the way here. Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the best footballer in the world, and he will be more than keen to take his team right through the tournament and make champions out of them. The only other time the tournament was held on their shores, they were runners-up. Spain has as good a chance for 2 very good reasons. They have won 3 World Cups, ranked 2nd, and going by their current form, they look like the team to beat. Besides, they are the current number 1 ranked side in the world, and since quite some time, may I add. And then there is Argentina, who have won this tournament twice. Fixtures

7

Group H

Group C

Group B

Punching Bags

Without naming the rest, let’s face it, they hardly stand a chance of winning the World Cup. Germany too are right up there as favorites.

Fixtures

4

Manaus

(Arena Amazônia)

Capacity

42,500

Fixtures

4

2014 World Cup Favorites

The Brazilian Samba!

Brazil has appeared in each and every World Cup, having won it 5 times, more than any other nation.

INDEX

(12 Host Cities, 32 Participating Nations, 64 Matches)

Belo Horizonte

(Estádio Mineirão)

Capacity

62,500

Cuiabá

(Arena Pantanal)

Capacity

43,000

Fixtures

5

Group G

Fixtures

7

Brasília

(Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha)

Capacity

70,000

Favorites

Brazil has to be one of the favorites for this World Cup. Let’s have a look at where the matches are being held, the 8 different groups, and the top contenders for the coveted title of FIFA World Champions 2014.

Fixtures

4

Fixtures

6

Porto Alegre

(Estádio Beira-Rio)

Capacity

51,000

São Paulo

(Arena Corinthians)

Capacity

68,000

The Dark Horse

No one might give them much of a chance, but Portugal is definitely a dark horse capable of pulling off the unexpected. They have won the most titles till date, but the main factor in their favor this time is home advantage