10 Must Know Facts about FIFA World Cup 2014
Fact 1: The official slogan for the FIFA World Cup 2014 is, “Juntos num so ritmo” which means “All in the rhythm” in English.
Fact 2: This is the second time Brazil is hosting a football world cup. The first time they did in 1950 and lost to Uruguay in the finals, hence Brazil has one more chance to win the World Cup in their own back yard.
Fact 3: The Caxirola which is a maraca like instrument has been named the official noisemaker for this year’s world cup, although the federal officials have banned this from all the 12 soccer grounds citing safety. But fans are not stopping themselves using them outside the stadiums.
Fact 4: This year’s world cup’s official mascot is Fuleco the Armadillo. This mascot was chosen by the people of Brazil after a vote out through, out the country.
Fact 5: Total 9 former (and current) world champions are participating in this world cup. They are the hosts Brazil, Italy, Germany, Uruguay, Argentina, England, France and Spain. Brazil has won the world cup 5 times, last time it was in 2002.
Fact 6: The estimated capacity in total for this world cup is around 3, 720, 225 fans. The tickets for the first phase was sold by a random draw and the last minute sales was on the first come first served bases.
Fact 7: The largest capacity holding stadium for this world cup is The Maracana which can hold about 75, 000 fans, whereas the Arena de Baixada holds the minimum number of fans which is around 38, 000 fans.
Fact 8: This world cup will be played in 12 different cities, which is happening for the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup. These cities are Manaus, Fortaleza, Natal, Racife, Salvador, Cuiba, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo and Porto Algere.
Fact 9: Only one new nation to participate in this world cup which is Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Fact 10: This will be the most advanced world cup in terms of technology. This time the officials are using the goal-line technology, which is to curb the controversy about the goals used to happen at a crucial moments of the world cups in past.