Brazil 2014 World Cup Finals

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Brazil - Host the twentieth World Cup, in 2014.

The Ball is Round Football Index: World Cup Finals: Brazil 2014.

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Five times World Cup Champions, Brazil, get a second chance to hold the prestigious World Cup Finals; 64 years after they last hosted the tournament.

It was already known that the 2014 World Cup Finals would be returning to South America and, being CONMEBOL's only candidate put forward to host the tournament, the announcement that Brazil would host the 2014 World Cup Finals (on Tuesday, October 30th 2007) was merely a formality.

World Cup History - Brazil 2014

This was the main reason that the FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, announced the previous day that there would be an end to the World Cup rotation policy, from continent to continent (introduced in the year 2000); as of 2018.

While Pele was not a part of the Brazilian delegation in Zurich, they were represented by Romario and Dunga; players of the modern generation.

12 Host Cities

Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Sao Paulo.

Brazil Brazil played their group games in Sao Paulo, Fortaleza and Brasilia.

32 Countries Competed at Brazil 2014

Algeria Algeria
Group H: (1:2) (4:2) (1:1); Second Round: (1:2 aet).

Argentina Argentina
Group F: (2:1) (1:0) (3:2); Second Round: (1:0 aet); Quarter-finals: (1:0); Semi-finals: (0:0 aet - 4:2 pens); 2014 World Cup Final (0:1 aet).

Australia Australia
Group B: (1:3) (2:3) (0:3).

Belgium Belgium
Group H: (2:1) (1:0) (1:0); Second Round: (2:1 aet); Quarter-finals: (0:1).

Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina
Group F: (1:2) (0:1) (3:1).

Brazil Brazil
Group A: (3:1) (0:0) (4:1); Second Round: (1:1 aet 3:2 pens); Quarter-finals: (2:1); Semi-finals: (1:7); Third Place: (0:3).

Cameroon Cameroon
Group A: (0:1) (0:4) (1:4).

Chile Chile
Group B: (3:1) (2:0) (0:2); Second Round: (1:1aet 2:3 pens).

Colombia Colombia
Group C: (3:1) (2:1) (4:1); Second Round: (2:0);  Quarter-finals: (1:2).

Costa Rica Costa Rica
Group D: (3:1) (1:0) (0:0); Second Round: (1:1 aet 5:3 pens); Quarter-finals: (0:0 aet 3:4 pens).

C�te d'Ivoire Cote d'Ivoire
Group C: (2:1) (1:2) (1:2).

Croatia Croatia
Group A: (1:3) (4:0) (1:3).

Ecuador Ecuador
Group E: (1:2) (2:1) (0:0).

England England
Group D: (1:2) (1:2) (0:0).

France France
Group E: (3:0) (5:2) (0:0); Second Round: (2:0); Quarter-finals: (0:1).

Germany Germany
Group G: (4:0) (2:2) (1:0); Second Round: (2:1 aet); Quarter-finals: (1:0); Semi-finals: (7:1); 2014 World Cup Final (1:0 aet).

Ghana Ghana
Group G: (1:2) (2:2) (1:2).

Greece Greece
Group C: (0:3) (0:0) (2:1); Second Round: (1:1 aet 3:5 pens).

Honduras Honduras
Group E: (0:3) (1:2) (0:3).

Iran Iran
Group F: (0:0) (0:1) (1:3).

Italy Italy
Group D: (2:1) (0:1) (0:1).

Japan Japan
Group C: (1:2) (0:0) (1:4).

Mexico Mexico
Group A: (1:0) (0:0) (3:1); Second Round: (1:2).

Holland Netherlands
Group B: (5:1) (3:2) (2:0); Second Round: (2:1); Quarter-finals: (0:0 aet 4:3 pens); Semi-finals: (0:0 aet 2:4 pens).

Nigeria Nigeria
Group F: (0:0) (1:0) (2:3); Second Round: (0:2).

Portugal Portugal
Group G: (0:4) (2:2) (2:1).

Russia Russia
Group H: (1:1) (0:1) (1:1).

South Korea South Korea
Group H: (1:1) (2:4) (0:1).

Spain Spain
Group B (1:5) (0:2) (3:0).

Switzerland Switzerland
Group E: (2:1) (2:5) (3:0); Second Round: (0:1 aet).

Uruguay Uruguay
Group D: (1:3) (2:1) (1:0); Second Round: (0:2).

Group G: (2:1) (2:2) (0:1); Second Round: (1:2 aet).

First Round - Group Stage

Group A

Group A Table

Thursday, 12th June
Sao Paulo: Brazil Brazil vs Croatia Croatia (3:1)

Friday, 13th June
Natal: Mexico Mexico vs Cameroon Cameroon (1:0)

Tuesday, 17th June
Fortaleza: Brazil Brazil vs Mexico Mexico (0:0)

Wednesday, 18th June
Manaus: Cameroon Cameroon vs Croatia Croatia (0:4)

Monday, 23rd June
Brasilia: Cameroon Cameroon vs Brazil Brazil (1:4)
Recife: Croatia Croatia vs Mexico Mexico (1:3)

Group B

Group B Table

Friday, 13th June
Cuiaba: Chile Chile vs Australia Australia (3:1)
Salvador: Spain Spain vs Holland Netherlands (1:5)

Wednesday, 18th June
Porto Alegre: Australia Australia vs Holland Netherlands (2:3)
Rio de Janeiro: Spain Spain vs Chile Chile (0:2)

Monday, 23rd June
Curitiba: Australia Australia vs Spain Spain (0:3)
Sao Paulo: Holland Netherlands vs Chile Chile (2:0)

Group C

Group C Table

Saturday, 14th June
Belo Horizonte: Colombia Colombia vs Greece Greece (3:0)
Recife: C�te d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan Japan (2:1)

Thursday, 19th June
Brasilia: Colombia Colombia vs C�te d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire (2:1)
Natal: Japan Japan vs Greece Greece (0:0)

Tuesday, 24th June
Cuiaba: Japan Japan vs Colombia Colombia (1:4)
Fortaleza: Greece Greece vs C�te d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire (2:1)

Group D

Group D Table

Saturday, 14th June
Fortaleza: Uruguay Uruguay vs Costa Rica Costa Rica (1:3)
Manaus: England England vs Italy Italy (1:2)

Thursday, 19th June
Sao Paulo: Uruguay Uruguay vs England England (2:1)

Friday, 20th June
Recife: Italy Italy vs Costa Rica Costa Rica (0:1)

Tuesday, 24th June
Belo Horizonte: Costa Rica Costa Rica vs England England (0:0)
Natal: Italy Italy vs Uruguay Uruguay (0:1)

Group E

Group E Table

Sunday, 15th June
Brasilia: Switzerland Switzerland vs Ecuador Ecuador (2:1)
Porto Alegre: France France vs Honduras Honduras (3:0)

Friday, 20th June
Curitiba: Honduras Honduras vs Ecuador Ecuador (1:2)
Salvador: Switzerland Switzerland vs France France (2:5)

Wednesday, 25th June
Manaus: Honduras Honduras vs Switzerland Switzerland (0:3)
Rio de Janeiro: Ecuador Ecuador vs France France (0:0)

Group F

Group F Table

Sunday, 15th June
Rio de Janeiro: Argentina Argentina vs Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia (2:1)

Monday, 16th June
Curitiba: Iran Iran vs Nigeria Nigeria (0:0)

Saturday, 21st June
Belo Horizonte: Argentina Argentina vs Iran Iran (1:0)
Cuiaba: Nigeria Nigeria vs Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia (1:0)

Wednesday, 25th June
Porto Alegre: Nigeria Nigeria vs Argentina Argentina (2:3)
Salvador: Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia vs Iran Iran (3:1)

Group G

Group G Table

Monday, 16th June
Natal: Ghana Ghana vs USA USA (1:2)
Salvador: Germany Germany vs Portugal Portugal (4:0)

Saturday, 21st June
Fortaleza: Germany Germany vs Ghana Ghana (2:2)

Sunday, 22nd June
Manaus: USA USA vs Portugal Portugal (2:2)

Thursday, 26th June
Brasilia: Portugal Portugal vs Ghana Ghana (2:1)
Recife: USA USA vs Germany Germany (0:1)

Group H

Group H Table

Tuesday, 17th June
Belo Horizonte: Belgium Belgium vs Algeria Algeria (2:1)
Cuiaba: Russia Russia vs South Korea South Korea (1:1)

Sunday, 22nd June
Porto Alegre: South Korea South Korea vs Algeria Algeria (2:4)
Rio de Janeiro: Belgium Belgium vs Russia Russia (1:0)

Thursday, 26th June
Sao Paulo: South Korea South Korea vs Belgium Belgium (0:1)
Curitiba: Algeria Algeria vs Russia Russia (1:1)

Second Round - The Last 16

The top two teams in each group move on to the Knockout Stage.

Saturday, 28th June

Football in Brazil Brazil vs Chile Football in Chile
in Belo Horizonte (1:1 aet 3:2 pens).

Football in Colombia Colombia vs Uruguay Football in Uruguay
in Rio de Janeiro (2:0).

Sunday, 29th June

Football in Holland Netherlands vs Mexico Football in Mexico
in Fortaleza (2:1).

Football in Costa Rica Costa Rica vs Greece Football in Greece
in Recife (1:1 aet 5:3 pens).

Monday, 30th June

Football in France France vs Nigeria Football in Nigeria
in Brasilia (2:0)

Football in Germany Germany vs Algeria Football in Algeria
in Porto Alegre (2:1 aet)

Tuesday, 1st July

Football in Argentina Argentina vs Switzerland Football in Switzerland
in Sao Paulo (1:0 aet)

Football in Belgium Belgium vs USA Football in the United States
in Salvador (2:1 aet)


Friday, 4th July

Football in Brazil Brazil vs Colombia Football in Colombia
in Fortaleza (2:1)

Football in France France vs Germany Football in Germany
in Rio de Janeiro (0:1)

Saturday, 5th July

Football in Holland Netherlands vs Costa Rica Football in Costa Rica
in Salvador (0:0 aet 4:3 pens)

Football in Argentina Argentina vs Belgium Football in Belgium
in Brasilia (1:0)


Tuesday, 8th July

Semi-final 1
Football in Brazil Brazil vs Germany Football in Germany
in Belo Horizonte (1:7)

Wednesday, 9th July

Semi-final 2
Football in Holland Netherlands vs Argentina Football in Argentina
in Sao Paulo (0:0 aet 2:4 pens)

Third Place

Saturday, 12th July
Football in Brazil Brazil vs Netherlands Football in Holland
in Brasilia (0:3)

2014 World Cup Final
Sunday, 13th July
Football in Germany Germany vs Argentina Football in Argentina
Rio de Janeiro (1:0 aet)

How many appearances each country has made in the World Cup Finals.

World Cup Finals

Uruguay 1930:
Uruguay trailed Argentina at half-time (1:2) but replied with three goals in the second half; to win the first ever World Cup Final (4-2) on July 30th, 1930.

Italy 1934:
Italy were one of the countries who missed out on the vote to host the first World Cup but managed to win the prestigious golden trophy for the home fans.

France 1938:
The third World Cup was held in Europe for a second time, although Germany had annexed Austria, and Spain was in civil turmoil.

Brazil 1950:
Although no cup-final as such, Uruguay and Brazil went into their final game with the winner guaranteed to be champions; a draw would be enough for Brazil.

Switzerland 1954:
The fifth World Cup tournament produced a record number of goals, including a 7:5 encounter between Austria and Switzerland in Lausanne.

Sweden 1958:
Brazil presented a 17 year-old Pele to the world; who went on to claim a hat-trick in Brazil's 5:2 semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final.

Chile 1962:
Czechoslovakia overcame Hungary in the quarter-finals and Yugoslavia in the semis, while Brazil took care of England and the host nation, Chile.

England 1966:
Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, in the final against West Germany, as England triumphed in a thrilling game watched by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Mexico 1970:
1970 belonged to Pelé, who earned his third World Cup winners' medal when Brazil got their hands on the Jules Rimet Cup.... for keeps.

W. Germany 1974:
Johan Cruyff was the player of the tournament as total football became the buzzword of the day, even though Holland lost to West Germany in the 1974 final.

Argentina 1978:
Holland contested the 1978 World Cup Final, in Argentina, for the second time in a row. As in West Germany, they again finished runners-up; to the hosts.

Spain 1982:
The Spain 82 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed to have two group stages, with four second-round groups of three.

Mexico 1986:
In 1986, Mexico became the first nation to stage the World Cup Finals for a second time; having only staged the competition sixteen years previously.

Italy 1990:
In 1990, Italy became the World Cup of stalemates. Both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks. In the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.

USA 1994:
Once Team US had played a few games most of the nation began to understand they were hosting the greatest show on earth and how the game was played.

France 1998:
France became the sixth nation to win the World Cup on home soil. Thirty-two teams competed in the 16th World Cup; better known as France 98.

Korea-Japan 2002:
The 17th World Cup, held in Korea and Japan, was the first World Cup finals to be shared by two hosts and the first to be held in Asia.

Germany 2006:
The 2006 World Cup Finals ran from 9th June to 9th July; the opening match in Munich and the final in Berlin. Munich and Dortmund hosted the semi-finals.

South Africa 2010:
Eighty years after the First World Cup Finals in Uruguay, the world's most prestigious football competition was finally hosted on the African continent.

Brazil 2014:
Five times World Cup Champions, Brazil, get a second chance to hold the prestigious World Cup Finals; 64 years after they last hosted the tournament.

Russia 2018:
VAR made its World Cup debut and set out to change the course of a game with some crucial rule infringement watching and vital on the spot decisions.

Qatar 2022:
When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.

United 2026:
The 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Bid won the hosting rights ahead of Morocco.

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