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Around the Soccer World
The 2014 FIFA World
Cup will be the 20th FIFA World Cup, an international men's football
tournament that is scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12 June to
13 July 2014. It will be the second time that Brazil has hosted the
competition, the previous being in 1950. Brazil was elected
unchallenged as host nation in 2007 after the international football
federation, FIFA, decreed that the tournament would be staged in
South America for the first time since 1978 in Argentina, and the
fifth time overall.
The national teams of 31 countries advanced through qualification
competitions that began in June 2011 to participate with the host
nation Brazil in the final tournament. A total of 64 matches are to
be played in twelve cities across Brazil in either new or
redeveloped stadiums, with the tournament beginning with a group
stage. For the first time at a World Cup Finals, the matches will
use goal-line technology.
With the host country, all world champion teams since the first
World Cup in 1930 (Uruguay, Italy, Germany, England, Argentina,
France and Spain) have qualified for this competition. Spain is the
defending champion, having defeated the Netherlands 1–0 in the 2010
World Cup final to win its first World title. The previous four
World Cups staged in South America were all won by South American