Football (soccer) enthusiasts around the world are eagerly waiting for the onset of the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be held in Brazil from June 12 to July 13. While anything is possible, all pointers are that Brazil will win this edition. This year’s world cup games are unique in many aspects and this could explain why many people are looking forward to it.
Did you know that only 8 countries have managed to take the world cup home since its inception of the tournament? These countries include the 2014 host Brazil, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, England, Argentina and Uruguay. FIFA and other organizers of this event believe that the viewership of the 2014 world cup finals will surpass the one billion mark after recording 715.3 million and 909.6 million viewers in the 2006 and 2010 respectively.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup will make history as the first tournament where goal line technology is used. Furthermore, fans for the first time got an opportunity to help in the naming of the official ball for the tournament called Brazuca. Addidas remains the official supplier of the balls to the tournament.
In terms of cost, ridiculous amounts were spent in construction and renovation of stadiums. The figure stands at $3.5 billion that is twice the amount spent in South Africa in 2010. This amount can send you to space approximately 14,000 times. If you intend to watch the games in person, then you must be ready to spend like never before.
On average, a hotel room will cost you $282 on the opening day in Sao Paulo and $371 on final day in Rio de Janeiro. Even more amazing is that a 50-minute flight between these two cities will cost you $514. The average ticket cost is $1,345.
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