Discover why the famous tournament was chosen to be held in Brazil in 2014.
The World Cup is quickly approaching and for soccer fans this is quite an exciting time. It means the best soccer players in the world will travel to one destination to compete for the Cup, games can become quite competitive.
In 2014, the World Cup destination is set to take place in exotic Brazil for the first time since 1950 and the first time since 1978 that the World Cup will take place in South America. Many soccer enthusiasts might be asking themselves why Brazil was chosen as the host city of the 2014 World Cup.
Host City Selection
On March 7, 2003 FIFA announced that the tournament would be in South America, rotating the hosting duties among confederations. On June 3rd of that same year Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina were announced as potential hosts of the finals. By March of the next year Brazil was announced as the sole host candidate with Colombia later withdrawing their bid, leaving Brazil as the only host competitor.
Choosing the Stadiums
After Brazil was announced as the host country the bid for the World Cup host venues began. Eighteen different locations began to be considered for the opportunity, including Rio de Janeiro, Natal and Rio Branco. It was then that FIFA stated that one city can’t use two stadiums and Ricardo Teixeira was proposed shortly after as a new competitor. In May of 2009, the twelve final host cities were announced, each was a state capital and covered vast parts of Brazil.
Preparing the Venues
Due to where the games will be held, traveling long distances will be a requirement. A dollar amount close to over 3 billion has been spent on World Cup stadium renovations for the tournament with five of the city’s building new venues for the tournament alone. The rest of the stadiums are being fully renovated.
One of the stadiums was host to the 2013 Confederations Cup and another just opened its doors in January of 2013. Either way, each venue will be beautiful in its own right and worthy hosting the World Cup.
Brazil is a country full of sun, exotic foods and during June of 2014 it will be full of the best soccer players in the world. Whether you are watching from home or traveling to watching person, Brazil earned their spot as host and won’t disappoint.