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.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.
Spain is the defending champion, having defeated the Netherlands 10 in the 2010 World Cup final to win its first 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 20 It will be the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the previous being
in 19 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.The previous four World Cups staged in South America were all won by South American teams.For the
first time at a World Cup Finals, the matches will use goal-line technology.