The 2014 FIFA World Cup was the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international men's
football tournament, that took place in Brazil from 12 June to
13 July 2014. It was 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, 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 were 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 used
With the host country, all world champion teams since the first World Cup in
1930 (Uruguay, Italy, Germany, England, Argentina, France and Spain) qualified for this competition. Spain
was 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 Cups staged in South America were all won by South
A total of 473,076 tickets for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ were allocated during
the second random selection draw for all matches except the Opening Game in Sao
Paulo and the Final in Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian fans received around 60 per
cent of the inventory during this sales phase.
Fuelco is the official mascot of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Fuleco is made out of soft Baby Boa plush and ideal for cuddling and play. The
plush is meets the highest test standards and is suitable for children from 0
To watch the FIFA World Cup games live in the stadiums, all spectators,
including children of all ages, were required to buy tickets.
FIFA would like to reiterate that
FIFA.com was the exclusive sales platform for 2014
FIFA World Cup tickets.
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