World cup 2014 brazil - interactive schedule & results calendar
The World Cup returns to Brazil, the home of the beautiful game, o jogo bonito, for the first time in sixty-four years this year. It’s the 20th playing of the greatest sports tournament in the world, bigger even than the Olympics, with TV viewership in the hundreds of millions all across the globe.
Twelve stadiums will host the 64 games of the tournament, starting with the Group A clash between Brazil and Croatia at the newly-built Arena de Sao Paulo on Thursday, June 12th. The first scheduled round of the tournament sees the 32 competing nations divided into eight groups of four. The group teams play each other and then the resulting top two teams from each group go into a knockout second round, culminating in the World Cup Final itself at the storied Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, July 13th.
All the pressure is on Brazil – hosts, favorites, winners of five World Cups and all-too-aware that the last time Brazil hosted the World Cup, neighboring Uruguay beat the hosts 2-1 at the Maracana to claim Uruguay’s second and last title. Spain tries to become the first team to win four major international tournaments in a row, the Germans are overdue a trophy, Argentina looks to Messi to lead them just as Maradona did in 1986 while Portugal, Belgium and Columbia dream of a first-ever World Cup title. Add in the Netherlands, previous champions Italy, England, France and Uruguay and all the ingredients are there for one of the best World Cups of all time!