The 20th FIFA World Cup tournament is being held in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July. It is for the second time that Brazil is holding the competition after 1950. The competition is held every four years ever since it started in 1930. Spain is the defending champion, who won the tournament in South Africa, 2010.
national teams of 32 countries are ready for the tournament.
According to FIFA, 64 matches will be played in twelve cities across
the length and breadth of Brazil. One of the major development in
this World Cup is the use of goal-line technology, which will be used
for the first time.
to FIFA, the total prize money for the tournament will be US$576
million this time, which means a 37 per cent increase from the 2010
tournament prize money.
the mascot of the tournament is an armadillo named Fuleco, which is
the most popular merchandise along with the caxirola, a percussion
instrument produced for the spectators.
official song for FIFA-2014 is "We Are One (Ole Ola)" by
Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte. It has already been
announced that the next two FIFA World Cups will be hosted by Russia
in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.