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Everything You Need to Know About the World Cup

Published on Nov 06, 2015

A visual guide to the 2014 World Cup (Copa do Mundo FIFA 2014): Teams and rankings, match format, official mascot and ball, venues, and key dates.



Everything You Need to Know About the
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copa do mundo da fifa

Brazil, June 12 - July 13, 2014
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By the Numbers

official ball

Adidas Brazuca
Photo by lokeswari

tournament mascot

Fuleco the Armadillo
Photo by alegermino

official song

Ole Ola (We Are One)
Photo by exquisitur

favorite fan percussion

Photo by SecultBA

prize pot

$567 million 
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defending champion

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Previous Championships

2014 Representation

Team Composition

Bosnia and Herzegovina is the only team that has not previously competed in World Cup play.

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Group Stage

June 12-26

Round-robin format;
Top 2 teams from each group advance

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group stage ranking factors

  • Points in all group matches
  • Goal differential in all group matches
  • Goals scored in all group matches
  • Points, goal differential, goals in tied matches
  • Drawing of lots if necessary
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group A pre-tournament rankings

  • Brazil, "Canarinho" (Little Canary) - 3
  • Mexico, "El Tri" - 20
  • Cameroon, "Les Lions Indomptables" - 56
  • Croatia, "Vatreni" (The Blazers) - 18
These are the pre-tournament rankings for each team who qualified for the World Cup.

group B pre-tournament rankings

  • Spain, "La Furia Roja" - 1
  • The Netherlands, "Clockwork Orange" - 15
  • Chile, "La Roja" - 14
  • Australia, "Socceroos" - 62

group C pre-tournamnet rankings

  • Colombia, "Los Cafeteros" - 8
  • Greece, "Piratiko" (The Pirate Ship) - 12
  • Cote d'Ivoire, "Les Elephants" - 23
  • Japan, "Blue Samurai" - 46

group D pre-tournament rankings

  • Uruguay, "La Celeste" - 7
  • Costa Rica, "Los Ticos" - 28
  • England, "Three Lions" - 10
  • Italy, "Gli Azzuri" (The Blues) - 9

group E pre-tournament rankings

  • Switzerland, "The Schweizer Nati" - 6
  • Ecuador, "La Tri" - 26
  • France, "Les Bleus" - 17
  • Honduras, "Los Catrachos" - 33

group f pre-tournament rankings

  • Argentina, "La Albicelestes" - 5
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, "Zmajevi" - 21
  • Iran, "Team Melli" - 43
  • Nigeria, "Super Eagles" - 44

group G pre-tournament rankings

  • Germany, "Nationalmannschaft" - 2
  • Portugal, "Selecção das Quinas" - 4
  • Ghana, "Black Stars" - 37
  • United States, "The Yanks" - 13

group H pre-tournament rankings

  • Belgium, "Red Devils" - 11
  • Algeria, "Les Fennecs" - 22
  • Russia, "Sbornaya" - 19
  • South Korea, "Taeguk" (Warriors) - 57

Knockout Stage

Round of 16, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and Finals

June 28 - July 13

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Knockout Stage Match Format


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estÁdio do maracanÃ

Rio de Janeiro

estÁdio nacional

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Arena corinthians

São Paulo

estÁdio castelAo


estÁdio mineirÃo

Belo Horizonte

estÁdio beira-rio

Porto Alegre
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arena fonte nova

Photo by Fotos GOVBA

arena pernambuco


arena pantanal


arena da baixada



Rio de Janeiro, July 13

all in one rhythm

Juntos num só ritmo

"Football means everything to Brasileiros. That is why it has such potential to bring people together and be a force for good. The rhythm of football is everywhere in Brasil, uniting people both young and old and from all sections of our society." Ronaldo

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O jogo bonito - The beautiful game