We’re on the cusp of the 20th FIFA World Cup, which is for many fans the highlight of football fandom. With the games taking place in Brazil this year, there is just over a month of matches to go before we see who takes home the trophy in the World Cup Final. Whilst we’re not going to try and predict who we think the champion will be, we’ve managed to amuse ourselves with these excellent titbits of information about the world cup. Have a read – if you’re anything like us, some of them will be a total surprise!
Brazil 2014 is the 20th FIFA World Cup Finals, making it a landmark tournament. Brazil has hosted before back in 1950, and will be strong contenders on home turf. Yet reigning champions Spain are the country to beat after their victory at South Africa 2010. There is only one new nation joining the World Cup this year, and it’s Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Hosting is expensive!
It’s estimated that Brazil 2014 will be the most expensive FIFA World Cup in history. The nation is putting an awfully large amount of revenue into the tournament by upgrading buildings, stadiums and the tourism sector – as well as security to ensure everyone stays safe. It’s set to be something of a spectacle though, with around a predicted cost of around $14-16 billion.
Changes for future
This year will see goal-line technology used for the first time in a major international tournament. Goal tech has been used successfully in the English Premier League during 2013-14 season; the GoalControl system is slightly different but still uses a host of cameras to 3D map the ball and a watch on the referee’s wrist to tell the official instantly when the ball has crossed the goal line. Added to this, referees are now able to stop play if the weather gets too hot – relevant for the Brazilian climate – and this year refs will be able to use a can of vanishing spray-paint to mark the ten-yard distance from a free-kick, to prevent sneaky encroachment from defenders.
All in all, these games are set to be a fascinating watch!