World Cup Brasil 2014
In less than eight months the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the country is racing against the clock to prepare the six remaining stadiums in time for June’s big kick-off.
But here in Rio de Janeiro, the world famous Maracana Stadium was finally completed at the end of April after almost three years of reformation works.
And it had its first major test during the World Cup’s unofficial dress rehearsal. This year’s Confederations Cup, held in June and won by Brazil, used six of the twelve stadiums that will host matches next year. The Maracana was the stage for Brazil’s 3-0 dismantling of Spain in the final.
Next year the Maracana will have one of the most important roles to play during the World Cup. Rio de Janeiro has been allotted seven games, the joint highest amount alongside capital city Brasilia. That includes the final, a quarter-final, a round of 16 tie and four group stage games.
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football matches. The stadium holds 45,200. The stadium was built in 1974.
was inaugurated on November 11, 1973 in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil, with a maximum capacity of 60,326 people.
The stadium is owned by the Ceará state Government, and is the home ground of Ceará Sporting Club and Fortaleza Esporte Clube.
Arena Pantanal is a new multi-use stadium in Cuiabá, Brazil, that is currently in the finnishing stages.
Once completed in 2012, it will be used mostly for football matches and will be used to host matches
during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The stadium will have a capacity of 42,500 people. It will replace the
location beside the Guaíba River, is a football stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil. It serves as the home
stadium for Sport Club Internacional. It is named after José Pinheiro Borda, an elderly Portuguese
engineer who supervised the building of the stadium but died before seeing its completion.
Estádio Beira-Rio replaced Internacional’s previous stadium, the Estádio dos Eucaliptos.
the current site of the Vivaldão stadium. The stadium will have an all-seater capacity of 46,000 and
will be constructed from 2010 to 2012. It will host matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Brazil to be located on the current site of the Vivaldão stadium.
The stadium will have an all-seater capacity of 46,000 and was constructed
between 2010 to 2012. It will host matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
is a football stadium designed by Populous (formerly HOK Sport)
and that its construction will start in January 2011 to host football
matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup which will be held in Brazil.
Is being built in the city of Natal in the capital of Rio Grande do Norte Brazilian state. The stadium is due to be built in place of the Machadão stadium the Machadinho gym, whose buildings will be demolished in 2011.
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Definitely there: None.
Still to be decided: The final round of qualification in Africa sees the 10 group winners meet in five two-legged play-off ties, with the victors qualifying for Brazil 2014.
The first legs saw Algeria beaten 3-2 in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast beat Senegal 3-1, Ethiopia lose 2-1 at home to Nigeria, Tunisia and Cameroon play out a goalless draw, and Ghana thrash Eygyp 6-1.
The second legs take place between 16 and 19 November.
Australia Iran Japan South Korea.
Still to be decided: Jordan have a mountain to climb to reach their first World Cup.
The Middle East nation won the right to a two-legged tie against Uruguay, the fifth-placed team from South American qualifying, by beating Uzbekistan in September.
The sides met in Amman in Wednesday’s first leg, where Uruguay took a 5-0 lead ahead of the second leg in Montevideo on 20 November.
Belgium Germany Italy Holland Switzerland England Spain Russia Bosnia-Hercegovina.
Still to be decided: Four teams will progress from the play-offs after finishing as runners-up in the group stages, with the first legs taking place on 15 November.
In Friday’s first legs, Iceland host Croatia in Reykjavik, with Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson hoping to help his nation – which at 328,000 has a population less than that of Cardiff or Coventry – reach their first major finals. Croatia are looking to reach their fourth finals in five attempts since independence, having missed out on the tournament in South Africa three years ago.
In Lisbon, Portugal face Sweden with both sides’ key players in fine form.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored four times during the group stage and has been superb for Real Madrid this season, scoring his 23rd hat-trick for the club in a 5-1 win over Real Sociedad last weekend.
Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic also hit a treble at the weekend, firing all three goals in a 3-1 win for Paris St-Germain over Nice.
Ukraine, who finished as runners-up behind England in Group H, take on France in Kiev. Second in Group I behind Spain, 1998 champions France have play-off pedigree, having beaten the Republic of Ireland to qualify for the 2010 World Cup thanks to Thierry Henry’s controversial handball in Paris.
And Greece host Romania in Piraeus, with the Romanians hoping to reach the finals for the first time since 1998 – when they beat Glenn Hoddle’s England in the group stages.
North & Central America and Caribbean
Costa Rica U.S.A. Honduras
Still to be decided: Mexico, who finished fourth in qualifying, went a long way towards booking their place in Rio when they thrashed Oceania winners New Zealand 5-1 in the first leg of a two-legged intercontinental play-off on Wednesday.
Mexico, who have qualified for every World Cup bar one since 1982 – they failed to reach the 1990 finals in Italy – were close to missing out on a play-off place when they lost 2-1 to Costa Rica, scraping through thanks to a late USA winner that denied Panama fourth place.
The second leg against New Zealand takes place in Wellington on Wednesday, 20 November.
Definitely there: None.
Still to be decided: New Zealand easily won the final group stage to qualify for a play-off match against Mexico, the fourth-placed side from North & Central America and the Caribbean.
Definitely there: Argentina, Brazil (hosts), Colombia, Ecuador, Chile.
Argentina Brazil Colombia Ecuador Chile.
Still to be decided: Uruguay hold a huge 5-0 lead over Jordan from the Asia qualifying group in their two-legged play-off.
Uruguay ended up level on points with Ecuador but finished fifth in the group because of an inferior goal difference.
They reached the semi-finals of the last World Cup in South Africa, losing to Hollan 2-3 with Arjen Robben scoring the winner.