2014 FIFA World Cup – World Cup Fever is in the air!

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

fifa-world-cup-2014-brazilBy: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2014, Denise N. Fyffe

Fifa World Cup fever is in the air and every country on the planet will be tuned in to follow every match for the next month. The first match begins in Brazil on Thursday, June 12, 2014 and the finals will be held Sunday, July 13, 2014.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international men’s football tournament. It will be 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 are to be 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 will use goal-line technology.[2]

With the host country, all world champion teams since the first World Cup in 1930 (Argentina, England, France, Germany[nb 2], Italy, Spain and Uruguay) have qualified for this competition. Spain is 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 American teams.[3] Wikipedia

Jamaica will certainly not be left out, as football is also a major part of our culture. Every bar, office, sports bar and home will be tuned into these football matches. Many Jamaican’s usually support teams like Brazil, Argentina, Germany, France, and Spain. We will be just as emotionally involved as if our team was playing in any one of the stadiums.

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