Fifa World Cup
The 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup 2014 will be taking place in Brazil for the second time, the previous being in 1950. The men’s football tournament has seen the national teams of 31 countries advance through to compete for the US$35 million prize.
One standout innovation for FIFA will be the use of goal-line technology in the matches. This technology has been tested over two years with FIFA awarding the German company GoalControl GmbH the contract to the technology for the matches.
Along with Brazil, every world champion team since the very first edition of the World Cup of 1930 were successful in qualifying to play at this year’s competition. In total, 64 matches will be played in both brand new and renovated stadiums in twelve different cities across Brazil including Manaus, Salvador, Sau Paolo and, Rio de Janeiro.
Having witnessed Spain defeat The Netherlands 1-0 in 2010, 2014 will provide the long awaited chance for football fans to re-energize their patriotism in hopes of becoming the new World champions. Key dates for football fans' calendars are the quarter finals, taking place in Rio de Janerio and Fortalenza (4 July), the semi-finals, taking place in Belo Horizonte (8 July), the play-off for third place in Brasilia (12 July) and the final, in Rio de Janeiro (13 July).