Group A will feature: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon
Star player: Neymar
Having enjoyed success is last summer’s Confederations Cup, Brazil will be hoping to extend their World Cup record to 6 on home turf. If 2002 World Cup winning coach Scolari, and Barcelona striker Neymar shine, then the South American national could witness the largest of samba festivals.
Star player: Mario Mandzukic
Very different from the ‘98’ squad in terms of class, but they do possess enough quality and furry to go far. With the likes of Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, Bayern Munich’s Mandzukic and Niko Kranjcar Croatia will be the team to beat.
Star player: Javier Hernandez
They may have qualified through play-offs, but after a 9-3 cannibalizing of New Zealand, they can’t be written off. A concoction of veterans and emerging stars all centered on the likes of Manchester United’s Hernandez, Mexico will be a tough gamble for Brazil.
Star player: Samuel Eto’o
Although seemingly distant from emulating the 90’s squad that featured the likes of Patrick Mboma, Cameroon still remains a highly competitive entity on the African continent. Although Eto’o’s glory days are long gone, he still remains the squad’s spearhead.
Group B will feature: Spain, the Netherlands, Chile and Australia
Star player: Andres Iniesta
Having enjoyed a great deal of success in their history, critics would post the notion that the Spaniards have declined over the years in their level of ferocity. However their talent should not be taken lightly or for granted because of quality players such as Jesus Navas, Roberto Soldado, Michu and Alvaro Negredo will be in full gear alongside Iniesta, Alonso, Xavi and David Silva.
Star player: Robin Van Persie
A start-studded Dutch team that has always fallen short should not be under-estimated. With fresh memories of their loss to Spain in the 2010 world cup, they will be looking to salvage nothing short of silverware.
Star player: Alexis Sanchez
Although little is known about the Chilean squad, they possess an excellent mixture of seasoned older players and young emerging stars. Barcelona’s Alexa Sanchez will be the man to watch.
Star player: Robbie Kruse
Having suffered an unfair dismissal to Italy in the 2006 world cup, Australia return to the scene with an ageing squad that qualified by a mere margin. Qualifying for the next round is just about what they can hope to achieve.
Group C will feature: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan
Star player: Radamel Falcao
Easy qualification should play to their advantage. Falcao, their main man, a natural goal scorer partnered to fellow Monaco team player James Rodriguez should showcase their best World Cup appearance.
Star player: Georgios Samaras
Finding goals has been a problem for the Greek side, and pressure will be on Samaras and Dimitris Salpingidis to lead by example.
Team Ivory Coast
Star player: Yaya Toure
An African nation that possesses a wealth of talent, with the likes of Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and Salomon Kalou. Ivory Coast has been unfortunate to fall in the group of death in both their appearances. This may just be their era.
Star player: Keisuke Honda
Qualified in emphatic style, Japan has been crafted into a formidable squad. However their loss in the Confederations Cup leaves a lot to say about their credentials.
Group D will feature; Uruguay, Costa Rica, England and Italy
Star player: Edinson Cavani
Who can forget the spectacle witnessed at the 2010 World Cup against Ghana when Suarez was sent off for handling, and Gyan missing from the spot? Forget that, this South American squad is back on the showcase with the likes of Cayani and Luis Suarez in full form.
Team Costa Rica
Star player: Bryan Ruiz
Having made the most of Mexico’s scuffles to join the US as trendsetters in the last CONCACAF, any form of progression other than the group stages may just prove a lot to handle for these guys.
Star player: Wayne Rooney
A prolific team that is yet to make it so far in major tournaments. They qualified easily among the top scorers, but will Steven Gerrard’s boys prove their critics wrong. An over-rated team still yet to live up to its expectations.
Star player: Mario Balotelli
Having reached the last 2012 Euro final, the Italians will be looking for nothing short of equaling Brazil’s tally of five World Cups, and nothing more bitterly sweet than on Brazilian turf.
Group E will feature; Switzerland, France, Ecuador and Honduras.
Star player: Xherdan Shaqiri
Led by Bayern Munich’s Shaqiri, this fairly young team is poised to prance their stuff at the highest level. They arguably got the easiest route in qualifying for the spectacle.
Star player: Antonio Valencia
Having lost to Chile in their qualifiers and secured automatic qualification on goal difference, they do possess recent success thanks to the likes of Valencia, Felipe Caicedo and Cristian Noboa.
Star player: Frank Ribery
Skittled into qualification from a 2-0 comeback against Ukraine. In Ribery, France holds their most valuable possession. The likes of Mathieu Valbuena and Yohan Cabaye will offer an exceptional blend in midfield.
Star player: Wilson Palacios
Since South Africa 2010, Honduras have undergone a great deal of transformation, and assimilated everything just in time for the world football showcase. They sealed their spot in the tournament through a 2-2 draw against Jamaica.
Group F will feature; Argentina, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria.
Star player: Lionel Messi
Barcelona’s magician Messi will turn 27 over the course of the tournament, and the possibility of him adding more international achievements to his-already glittering success at club football is high. Argentina has plenty attacking options for coach Sabella to play with, but their defense may falter against classic forwards.
Team Bosnia & Herzegovina
Star player: Edin Dezeko
A nation that emerged from the Yugoslavia break-up in the 90s is heading into untamed territory. Their hopes will fall on experienced Manchester City forward Dzeko and on midfielders such as Emir Spahic, Miralem Pjanic and top class goal keeper Asmire Begovic.
Star player: Javad Nekounam
Qualified in style above South Korea, while the team includes Nekounam, a player with European derivation, it’s hard to see them going past the group stages.
Star player: Victor Moses
Although at a tender age of 22, Moses has quickly made a name for himself to becoming a vital player. Veteran and experienced goal keeper Vincent Enyeama will offer stability at the back, and Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel will command the center field.
Group G will feature; Germany, Portugal, Ghana and USA.
Star player: Mesut Özil
This is probably Europe’s best chance of taking the Silverware away from South American contenders. A blend of talented players crafted into top-level football, it may just be the time for Mesut Özil, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Muller to take the final step at the highest level.
Star player: Cristiano Ronaldo
In Ronaldo alone, Portugal possess a player who can single handed take apart any defense, and their reliance on the Real Madrid man is unquestionable. Even if the world’s best defenders manage to isolate him, there still are a good number of team mates who can get the job done.
Star player: Asamoah Gyan
By now he may have put the 2010 World Cup disaster behind him, and looking to make amends once again. Gyan has provided most goals in Ghana’s road to qualifying, and despite Michael Essien’s never ending injuries he still remains a crucial player for the side. The likes of Sulley Muntari, Andre Ayew and Kevin Prince Boateng will also provide a considerable amount of experience.
Team United States
Star player: Clint Dempsey
Having qualified comparatively easily, Coach Klinsmann will be looking to make his mark with the team at the highest level. A realistic target for the United States will be reaching the quarter final stage.
Group H will feature; Belgium, Algeria, Russia and South Korea
Star player: Edin Hazard
Since their last appearance at the World Cup over a decade ago, Belgium comes into the scene with highly vibrant young players capable of going the distance in Brazil. Their hopes will be on Hazard, but an array of other players will also get the job done.
Star player: Madjid Bougherra
Narrowly qualifying against Burkina Faso, a team that’s never appeared in any World Cup, Algeria is bound to struggle from the onset come Brazil. A poor showdown at the African Nations Cup also won’t aid in their woes.
Star player: Alexander Kokorin
Russia would want to forget their string of failures in World Cup tournaments, but Brazil may offer an element of hope for the 2018 hosts. Not having participated in three of the past four World Cup tournaments, and not having gone past the group stages since 1986, qualifying in group F ahead of the likes of Portugal does suggest that things may just be about to change for the Soviets. Full of potential Kokorin backed by several experienced players such as striker Alexander Kerzhakov and goal keeper Igor Akinfeev should be an interesting comeback for the Russians.
Team South Korea
Star player; Son Heung-min
The Koreans will hope that their 2002 captain Hong will offer some form of inspiration to the current spring, but they are likely to go as far as the last 16.
From the Amazon all the way to the Guaiba River further south, 12 stadiums throughout Brazil will host matches at next summer’s World Cup.
1. Arena De Sao Paulo, located in the heart of Sao Paulo
Total Capacity of the stadium is 68, 807 and is about 269 miles away from Rio.
This stadium will officially represent Sao Paulo city during the World Cup, and will play home to Sao Paulo FC. There are some 20000 seats which are temporary, and these will be removed after the tournament.
2. Estadio Mineirao, located in Belo Horizonte
Total Capacity of the stadium is 62, 547 and is located at 278 miles from Rio.
Located between the Sao Paulo Mountains and Rio, this stadium will play host to the following fixtures: Colombia versus Greece; Argentina versus Iran; Costa Rica versus England; Belgium versus Algeria; Group A Winner versus Group B Runner up; First Quarter Final Winner versus Second Quarter final Winner.
The stadium took 3 years to construct and cost (£220m) to give it a new look. The stadium is a monument of national level, so the roof and facade will be preserved.
3. Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
Will have capacity of 64, 846
About 1,617 miles from Rio
This stadium will play host to the following fixtures: Uruguay versus Costa Rica; Brazil versus Mexico; Germany versus Ghana; Greece versus Ivory Coast; Group B Winner versus Group A Runner up; Quarter Final Second Round – 1 Winner versus Winner Second round- 2.
Estadio Castelao was renovated and completed well on time in-line with the set budget making it the first World Cup stadium to be declared ready. It cost £ 167m to construct.
4. Estadio Do Maracana, located in Rio de Janeiro
Has a capacity of 76,804
This stadium will play host to the following fixtures: Argentina versus Bosnia & Herzegovina; Spain versus Chile; Belgium versus Russia; Ecuador versus France; Group C Winners versus Group D Runners up; Quarter Final, Second round -5 Winner versus Second round- 6 Winner.
Renovations on this iconic stadium were completed just before the 2013 Confederations Cup held last summer. Due to strikes, the stadium was a bit later, but later completed hastily. The test event was a match pitting ‘friends of Ronaldo’ versus ‘friends of Bebeto’.
5. Estadio Nacional, located Brasilia
Has a capacity of 68,009
This stadium will play host to the following fixtures: Colombia versus Ivory Coast; Cameroon versus Brazil; Portugal versus Ghana; Group E Winner versus Group F Runner up; Second round -7 Winner versus Second round -8 Winner; Third place play-off.
About 724 miles from Rio
Construction of this stadium underwent several financial issues, and the cost surpassed its allocated budget. The final cost was £385m placing it as the highest fetching venue.
6. Arena Pernambuco, located in Recife
Has a capacity of 44,248
This stadium will play host to the following fixtures: Ivory Coast versus Japan; Italy versus Costa Rica; Croatia versus Mexico; United States versus Germany; Group D Winner versus Group C Runner up.
About 1426 miles from Rio
This is one of the World Cup’s brand new venues. Built in the economically starved area of Recife, it will form a residential development and leisure complex set to play a pivotal role in the regeneration of the local economy.
7. Arena Fonte Nova, located in Salvado
Has a capacity of 48,747
About 1008 miles from Rio
This stadium will play host to the following fixtures: Spain versus Holland; Germany versus Portugal; Switzerland versus France; Bosnia & Herzegovina versus Iran; Group H Winner versus Group G Runner up; Second round -3 Winner versus Second round- 4 Winner .
Arena Fonte was created using 92% rubble from the demolition from its predecessor to bring up a new venue. This stadium was the third World Cup venue to be completed, taking 32 months to construct. Construction cost £200m
8. Estadio Pantanal, located in Cuiaba
Has a capacity of 42,968
About 1201 miles from Rio
This stadium will play host to the following fixtures: Chile versus Australia; Russia versus South Korea; Nigeria versus Bosnia & Herzegovina; Japan versus Colombia.
Once the World Cup is over, the stadium will be reduced in size and will be used for an array of activities. It will be used to host business conventions, local events, clubs and football tenants.
9. Estadio Da Baixada, in Curitiba
Capacity of 41,456
About 523 miles from Rio
This stadium will play host to the following fixtures: France versus Nigeria; Honduras versus Ecuador; Australia versus Spain; Algeria versus Russia.
Home ground to Atletico Paranaense, the stadium was initially built in 1914, and will have extra seats added on both sides to increase the capacity to 40,000 for the spectacle.
10. Estadio Amazonia, located in Manaus
Has a capacity of 42,374
About 2659 miles from Rio
This stadium will play host to the following fixtures: England versus Italy; Cameroon versus Croatia; United States versus Portugal; Honduras versus Switzerland.
The stadium was built using an intricate steel structure that encompasses the entire pitch like a woven basket. 95% of the old demolished material from the previous stadium will be recycled.
11. Estadio Das Dunas, located in Natal
Capacity of 42,086
About 1612 miles from Rio
This stadium will play host to the following fixtures: Mexico versus Cameroon; Ghana versus United States; Japan versus Greece; Italy versus Uruguay.
The original stadium, Machadao was demolished back in 2011 in order to pave way for the construction of the new Estadio Dunas. Construction work began in 2012, and the structure was designed in imitation of sand dunes. Construction was carried out by teams that worked day and night, and it made it in time for the December deadline set by FIFA.
12. Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Has a capacity of 48,849
About 982 miles from Rio
This stadium will play host to the following fixtures: France versus Honduras; Australia versus Holland; South Korea versus Algeria; Nigeria versus Argentina; Group G Winner versus Group H Runner up.
This stands as the largest stadium located in southern Brazil. It was initially built in the year 1969, and acts as Internacional’s home venue. It under-went extensive renovations, with a roof being added, more parking lots, and the bottom tier seating placed nearer to the playing pitch. This was done to create more room for additional seats, and to increase their capacity to beyond 48,000.
Most successful team Brazil with 5 titles
Current Champions Spain with 1 title
The football World Cup is an international FIFA tournament founded in 1930. It was established by the men’s world football governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The event occurs every 4 years, except in the years 1942 and 1946 when it was cancelled because of World War 2. The most recent football World Cup was held in South Africa 2010 and Spain won by beating Netherlands by a goal to nil in extra time. The next FIFA World Cup will take place from 12th June to 13th July 2014 in Brazil.
World Cup finals are the end games in the competition, and the outcome will determine the victor, and World Cup winner. If after regular play i.e. 90 minutes the scores are draw, an additional 30 minutes of extra time will be introduced. If after this time, the scores are still level, the game will be decided through penalty shoot-outs. The team that wins these shoot-outs will be declared world champion.
In the past 19 tournaments that have taken place, 76 countries have qualified atleast once. Twelve of them have appeared in the finals, of which eight have actually won. Brazil has the most success for any team in the World Cup, having won five titles, and they are the only team to take part in every World Cup competition. Italy follows behind with four titles, and Germany lie third with three. Other former champions include; Uruguay who won the inaugural tournament, and Argentina with two titles each. England and France are also former champions with single titles each. The current champions are Spain, who won their first championship at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. South Africa was the first African country to host the tournament in 2010, and Japan and South Korea were the first and only Asians to co-host the 2002 World Cup.
Uruguay beat Argentina 4-2 to win the title. Venue was Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Italy beat Czechoslovakia 2-1 at the Stadio Nazionale in Rome to win the title.
Italy beat Hungary 4-2 in match played at Stade Olympique de Colombes in Paris to win the cup.
Uruguay beat Brazil 2-1 in match played at the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janerio.
West Germany beat Hungary 3-2 in a match played at the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern, Switzerland.
Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 in a match played at the Råsunda Stadium in Solna, Sweden
Brazil beat Czechoslovakia 3-1 in a match played at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile.
England beat West Germany 4-2 at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
Brazil Beat Italy 4-1 at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico.
West Germany beat the Netherlands 2-1 at the Olympiastadion in Munich.
Argentina beat the Netherlands 3-1 at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Italy beat West Germany 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain.
Argentina beat West Germany at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico.
West Germany beat Argentina 1-0 at the Stadio olimpico in Rome, Italy.
Brazil beat Italy through penalty shoot-outs after 0-0 draw at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, United States.
France beat Brazil 3-0 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France
Brazil beat Germany 2-0 at the International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan.
Italy beat France through penalty shoot-outs after a 1-1 draw at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany.
Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The FIFA 2010 was the 19th World Cup tournament, and it took place between the 11th June and 11th July, in South Africa. The games took place across 10 stadiums encompassing 9 host cities. The final match between Spain and Netherlands was played at Soccer City stadium, in Johannesburg. In all, Thirty-two teams took part in the event through world qualification matches that ran from August 2007. During the competition, teams competed against each other in groups that featured four teams. Two top teams proceeded to the knock-out phase where rounds of play to place to decide which team qualified for the final.
Three quarter final matches took place between South American and Europeans teams, and the Europeans came out victors. Germany beat Argentina 4-0, and Netherlands beat Brazil 2-1. Spain joined the last four teams by beating Paraguay 1-0. Uruguay was the only non-European team to qualify for the last four after beating Ghana in penalty shoot-outs.
On the 2nd of July 2010 in a match played at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, the Netherlands beat Brazil 2-1 courtesy of a brace from Wesley Sneijder, and a consolation from Robinho. Yuiuchi Nishimura from Japan was the match official. On the same date at Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg, Uruguay beat Ghana 4-2 in penalties to secure Uruguay with a semi-final spot. Portuguese referee Olegario Benquerenca took charge of the proceedings.
The other quarter final matches took place on 3 July 2010 between Argentina and Germany; Paraguay and Spain. Argentina lost 4-0 to Germany courtesy to goals from Muller, Klose and Friedrich. The match was played in Cape Town’s Green Point stadium. The same day at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, Spain beat Paraguay 1-0 courtesy of a David Villa goal in the 83rd minute.
Netherlands qualified for the final after beating Uruguay 3-2, and Spain reached their maiden final with a victory over Germany 1-0. It was the first time a World Cup final did not feature Brazil, Germany, Argentina or Italy.
The final match was held at Soccer City stadium on the 11th of July. Spain beat the Netherlands by a goal to neal courtesy of a goal by Andres Iniesta. Iniesta’s goal was the World Cup winning goal (116’) to give the Spaniards their first ever World Cup victory. The win also made the Spanish the 8th team to clinch the championship. It also made Spain the first team to win after losing their opening game, and one to win with no home advantage ever since Brazil in 1958.
|11 July 2010||Netherlands||0-1||Spain
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All Star Team 2010
- Iker Casillas
- Sergio Ramos
- Carlos Puyol
- Philipp Lahm
- Andres Iniesta
- Bastian Schweinsteiger
- Wesley Sneijder
- Diego Forlan
- David Villa
- Coach (Vicent del Bosque)
The closing ceremony featured a performance by Shakira, and a brief appearance by former South African president, Nelson Mandela.
Most goals scored by a player in football world cup finals
Ronaldo of Brazilian football team is the leading goal scorer in the football world cup finals with 15 goals.
Most goals scored by a country in FIFA world cups
The most number of goals scored by one team in a football world cup was Hungary with a tally of 27 goals in the 1954 tournament.
Most wins by a country in football world cups
Brazil retains the record of winning most football world cups with a total of five wins including 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002.
Most second place finishes in FIFA football world cups
Germany holds the record for most second place or runner up in football world cup with a total of four times including the years 1966, 1982, 1986 and 2002.
Most consecutive football world cup wins
Most consecutive football championships record is retained by Brazil and Italy. Brazil won football world cup titles from 1958 to 1962 whereas Italy won two titles in 1934 and 1938.
Most hat-ticks by players in FIFA world cups
The names included in most hat-tricks by players in FIFA football world cups are Sandor Kosis, Just Fontaine, Gabriel Batistuta and Gerd Muller. They all scored 2 hat-tricks.
Most appearances by a country in football world cups
Brazil holds the record for most appearances in FIFA football world cups with a record 20 appearances.
Most goals scored in consecutive football world cup matches
Brazil and Germany hold the record for the highest number of consecutive matches with goals scored at the world cup. Both countries have scored goals in 18 consecutive matches at the finals.
Most appearances by players in football world cups
Lothar Mathhaus of West Germany holds the record for most appearances at world cup tournaments.
Most red cards given in FIFA world cups
The highest number of red cards were given during FIFA world cup was in Germany. 28 red cards were shown which also includes one given to Zinedine Zidane. Second to this was in France 1998 football world cup where 22 red cards were given.
Most penalty shoot outs won by teams in football world cups
Germany has the best record in terms of penalty shoot outs at the football world cups with the record of most wins which is four.
Most football world cup championships played by a player
Pele holds the record playing in most football championships. He has played in 3 championships.
Most appearances by a player as a captain in football championships
Diego Maradona of Argentina football team holds the record for most appearances as a captain at football championships. He captained his team 16 times at football world cups.
Most appearances as a substitute player in FIFA football championships
Denilson of Brazilian football team holds the record for most appearances as a substitute player at FIFA championships. He has been a substitute for 11 times.
Youngest football player to appear in FIFA World cups
Youngest player to appear in FIFA world cups was Norman Whiteside of Northern Ireland. He was 17 years and 41 days at that time (1982).
Youngest football player to play final in FIFA World cups
Pele of Brazilian football team was the youngest player to play final at the football world cup. He was 17 years and 249 days at that time (1958).
Youngest football captain in FIFA World cups
The youngest player to cap the team at football world cup was Tony Meola who was 21 years and 310 days at that time (1990)
Most goals scored in one FIFA world cup tournament
Most goals were scored in 1998 football world cup tournament. 171 goals were scored in 1998 football championship.
Most goals scored by one team in one match of FIFA world cup tournament
Hungary holds the record for scoring most goals in one match. It happened at 1982 football world cup where Hungary scored 10 goals against El Salvador.
Most consecutive hat-tricks in football world cup tournaments
Sandor Kocsis and Gerd Muller hold the record for most consecutive hat-tricks at world cup football tournaments. They both scored two hat-tricks consecutively.
Youngest goal scorer in football world cup tournaments
Pele holds the record for being the youngest goal scorer at a world cup tournament. He was 17 years and 239 days at that time (1958).
Youngest hat-trick scorer in football world cups
Pele holds the record for being the youngest hat-trick scorer at football world cup tournament. He was 17 years and 244 days at that time (1958).
Oldest goal scorer in football world cups
Oldest goal scorer in football world cup was Roger Milla of Cameroon. He was 42 years and 39 days at that time (1938).
Oldest FIFA world cup hat-trick scorer
Oldest hat-trick scorer at FIFA world cup was Tore Keller of Sweden. He was 33 years and 159 days at that time (1938).
Fastest goal scored from a kick off in football world cups
The fastest goal from kickoff was scored by Hakan Sukur of Turkey at a football world cup in 2002. He scored the goal in 10.89 seconds.
Fewest goals scored in one FIFA world cup tournament
Fewest goals were scored at football world cup in 1930 and 1934. 70 goals were scored.
Most own goals in FIFA world cups
Most own goals were scored in FIFA world cup tournaments held in 1954, 1998 and 2006. The number of own goals were 4.
Most clean sheets in FIFA world cups
10 clean sheets, matches without conceding, record is shared by Peter Shilton of England and Fabien Barthez of France.