New York, NY (PRWEB) May 22, 2014
Every four years, the World Cup is held at the end of spring and pits the 32 best soccer teams in the world against one another for the right to be called the best. This year, the World Cup is being held from Brazil and depending on whom you ask, the answer of who is the favorite to win it at all will change. When action begins in June, Brazil, Spain, Germany, England and Portugal are all considered teams with the best chance to win the World Cup.
2014 World Cup Match Schedule:
Thursday, June 12
Brazil vs. Croatia at Arena Corinthians, São Paulo (A1 vs. A2)
Friday, June 13
Mexico vs. Cameroon at Estadio das Dunas, Natal (A3 vs. A4)
Spain vs. Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (B1 vs. B2)
Chile vs. Australia at Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá (B3 vs. B4)
Saturday, June 14
Colombia vs. Greece at Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte (C1 vs. C2)
Uruguay vs. Costa Rica at Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza (D1 vs. D2)
England vs. Italy at Arena Amazônia, Manaus (D3 vs. D4)
Ivory Coast vs. Japan at Arena Pernambuco, Recife (C3 vs. C4)
Sunday, June 15
Switzerland vs. Ecuador at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia (E1 vs. E2)
France vs. Honduras at Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (E3 vs. E4)
Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina at Estadio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro (F1 vs. F2)
Monday, June 16
Germany vs. Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (G1 vs. G2)
Iran vs. Nigeria at Arena da Baixada, Curitiba (F3 vs. F4)
Ghana vs. United States at Estadio das Dunas, Natal (G3 vs. G4)
Tuesday, June 17
Belgium vs. Algeria at Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte (H1 vs. H2)
Brazil vs. Mexico at Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza (A1 vs. A3)
Russia vs. South Korea at Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá (H3 vs. H4)
Wednesday, June 18
Australia vs. Netherlands at Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (B4 vs. B2)
Spain vs. Chile at Estadio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro (B1 vs. B3)
Cameroon vs. Croatia at Arena Amazônia, Manaus (A4 vs. A2)
Thursday, June 19
Colombia vs. Ivory Coast at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia (C1 vs. C3)
Uruguay vs. England at Arena Corinthians, São Paulo (D1 vs. D3)
Japan vs. Greece at Estadio das Dunas, Natal (C4 vs. C2)
Friday, June 20
Italy vs. Costa Rica at Arena Pernambuco, Recife (D4 vs. D2)
Switzerland vs. France at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (E1 vs. E3)
Honduras vs. Ecuador at Arena da Baixada, Curitiba (E4 vs. E2)
Saturday, June 21
Argentina vs. Iran at Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte (F1 vs. F3)
Germany vs. Ghana at Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza (G1 vs. G3)
Nigeria vs. Bosnia Herzegovina at Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá (F4 vs. F2)
Sunday, June 22
Belgium vs. Russia at Estadio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro (H1 vs. H3)
South Korea vs. Algeria at Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (H4 vs. H2)
United States vs. Portugal at Arena Amazônia, Manaus (G4 vs. G2)
Monday, June 23
Netherlands vs. Chile at Arena Corinthians, São Paulo
Australia vs. Spain at Arena da Baixada, Curitiba (B4 vs. B1)
Croatia vs. Mexico at Arena Pernambuco, Recife (A2 vs. A3)
Cameroon vs. Brazil at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia (A4 vs. A1)
Tuesday, June 24
Italy vs. Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas, Natal (D4 vs. D1)
Costa Rica vs. England at Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte (D2 vs. D3)
Japan vs. Colombia at Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá (C4 vs. C1)
Greece vs. Ivory Coast at Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza (C2 vs. C3)
Wednesday, June 25
Nigeria vs. Argentina at Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (F4 vs. F1)
Bosnia Herzegovina vs. Iran at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador (F2 vs. F3)
Ecuador vs. France at Estadio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro (E2 vs. E3)
Honduras vs. Switzerland at Arena Amazônia, Manaus (E4 vs. E1)
Thursday, June 26
United States vs. Germany at Arena Pernambuco, Recife (G4 vs. G1)
Portugal vs. Ghana at Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasilia (G2 vs. G3)
South Korea vs. Belgium at Arena Corinthians, São Paulo (H4 vs. H1)
Algeria vs. Russia at Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (H2 vs. H3)
The Brazilian team is looking to become the first host nation to win the World Cup since the 1998 French team had their way with Brazil in the finals. Brazil has won the most World Cup championships with five including their most recent title in 2002 when they beat Germany. The Brazilian national team is currently ranked as the sixth best team in the world, according to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. When they welcome the 31 other nations to their country, they will be doing so as part of Group A, where they will be taking on Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon.
Every four years, there are four nations that are stuck to compete in what is known only as the “Group of Death.” This year, that would be Group G which includes Portugal, Germany, Ghana and the United States. These four teams are currently ranked as the third, second, 38th and 13th best teams in the world. While many may immediately think that Ghana does not have a chance in this group, they have had great success against the United States and could pose issues for any team in the tournament.
The United States will be looking for a better performance this spring when they travel to Brazil than they have had the previous two World Cup tournaments. Before even traveling to Brazil, the American team has a series of big friendly games scheduled to warm up, but they haven’t looked good in their previous two. In March, they lost to Ukraine, 2-0, and in April, after jumping out to a 2-0 lead against Mexico, squandered the lead and played a 2-2 draw.
Group F is also an intriguing group that features the second ranked team in the world Argentina, plus a team with a lot of potential, Bosnia and Herzegovina. They are currently ranked as the 25th best team in the world according to FIFA, but after an impressive qualifying bracket that saw them finish first with an 8-1-1 record and a +24 goal differential. Should they find a way to continue their success when playing in Brazil, it could be an interesting series of events.
Many of the stadiums the World Cup will be held at have been built specifically for this tournament. These world class structures will give fans a great vantage point from throughout their stadium. From Curitiba to Manaus to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, there will be futbol spread across Brazil for the fans to enjoy.
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