OCT 16 – When is the Fifa World Cup 2014 in Brazil? Plus info on tickets and draw.
Thousands of soccer fans are already planning their trips to the World Cup in Brazil next year, but when exactly does the tournament start?
The first fixtures are expected to take place on June 12, 2014 but we won’t know who is playing until the draw takes place.
The month-long tournament will end at the Maracana Stadium, in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.
According to reports, the draw will take place in Costa do Sauipe in the Brazilian state of Bahia on December 6.
The 32-team FIFA draw will determine what teams line-up against each other, and will ultimately tell fans where their teams will be playing and on what dates their team will play.
Some 6,164,682 ticket requests have been made for the 2014 FIFA World Cup from 203 countries. Tickets are available via Fifa.com
Many international superstars are expected to be in Brazil next summer. Manchester United’s Robin van Persie will be there with his compatriots Arjen Robben and Rafael van der Vaart.
Germany’s Mesut Ozil, Mario Gotze and Toni Kroos are likely to be named in the squad.
Host Brazil’s Hulk and Oscar and Barcelona star Neymar are expected to play.
Argentina’s Lionel Messi and the four-time Ballon d’Or winner is likely to be joined alongside Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero –
Argentina and Brazil are fierce rivals for the FIFA World Cup 2014.
Reigning world champions Spain are likely to enter the tournament as favorites, and a resurgent Germany will be another European candidate.
Hosts Brazil can also never be overlooked and with the competition held in their backyard, the Selecao will have added incentive and even more pressure to deliver the trophy back to where many Brazilians feel is the rightful home.
Meanwhile, Brazil’s bitter rivals Argentina cruised through qualifying, topping the group as coach Alejandro Sabella has been working on the best way to get Lionel Messi to replicate his club form on the international stage.
Lastly, despite the dominance of Sky Sports and more recently BT Sport to Premier League and Football League rights, the World Cup will be free to view for all. (MAMOSA REPORT)