The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be the first World Cup in its history to utilize the infamous goal-line technology. This entails the use of electronic devices implanted in the ball to determine the point when the ball has passed the goal line. This will assist the referee in deciding on whether to award a goal.
The thirty-two teams making up the five soccer confederations that have qualified for this year’s World Cup are as follows: AFC – Japan, South Korea, Australia, and Iran; CAF – Algeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria; CONCACAF – United States, Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico; CONMEBOL – Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Ecuador and Argentina and the most populous UEFA – Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Russia, and Portugal.
The prize money is the highest that it has ever been in the history of the cup. For all the teams participating each will receive at least US$ 8 million. The first runners up will pocket $25 million while the winner goes home with $35 million. Those who do not proceed beyond the rounds of 16 will get $9 million, while the quarter finalist losers will lick their wounds with $14 million. In addition a total of $70m has been set aside for clubs whose players will be participating as a compensation for insurance costs. In total, the FIFA allocations for this World Cup will be an increase of $156 million from the $420 million spent in South Africa.
The 64 matches will be played in twelve stadiums in twelve hosting cities: Belo Horizonte, Cuiabá, Brasília, Curitiba, Maceió, Fortaleza, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Natal, Recife, Salvador São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. These will be a sharp departure from FIFA’s rule that the tournament should not be held in more than ten cities or eight stadiums.
The 32 participating teams were grouped into four pots during the draws for the round stage with the aim of maximizing geographical separation and equalization of team strengths. The tournament will have twenty five referees for trios and eight support duos from all the six football confederation representing 43 different countries.
The group stage will have thirty-two teams divided into eight groups each with four teams. Teams will receive three points for a win, a point for a draw and no points for a loss during this stage. The first two teams in each group will proceed to the round of 16.
Brazil has faced numerous protests from its civilian population and civic groups since the country was chosen as the World Cup host. The latest one being at Copa Cabana on the 23rd of April.
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