2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ by the Numbers

June 10, 2014

10+ Billion – Brazilian government estimate on what they will spend hosting the World Cup
3.2 Billion – Estimated number of people worldwide that watched 2010 World Cup
700 Million – Estimated number of people who watched the 2010 World Cup Finals Match
200 Million – Population of Brazil, Latin America’s largest country
64 – Number of matches that will be played
32 – Number of teams competing
12 – Number of cities in Brazil hosting matches
5 – Number of times Brazil has won the World Cup (more than any country)

The most widely viewed sporting event is slated to begin Thursday June 12TH when the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ kicks off in Brazil. 32 teams representing countries around the world gather every four years to battle it out in a tournament that spans 64 games over the course of 32 days. The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ is being held in Brazil (Latin America’s largest country), a team that has won the tournament on 5 occasions – more than any other country.

The days leading up to the tournament have not gone as smoothly as Brazil or FIFA might have liked, and a number of things have threatened to overshadow the mood of the tournament.
On May 31st, the New York Times published the first in a two part series about match fixing that raised concerns about the fairness teams placed on the field. Among other things, the article suggested that illegal gambling-syndicates may influence referees to help determine the outcome of matches.

Just days ago a subway strike by workers in Sao Paulo disrupted traffic across the most populous city. Reports of protests, fires and teargas were widely mentioned in the media causing some serious security concerns for those visiting to attend the tournament.

As if that weren’t enough, the announcement by FIFA to award the 2022 World Cup to the nation of Qatar almost immediately drew claims of corruption and bribery. Historical sponsors such as Adidas, Sony, Visa and Coca-Cola have all expressed concern to FIFA, which has vowed to look into the matter further. The New York Times also published an article on the 2022 World Cup decision.

Let’s hope the focus shifts back to the game this Thursday when Brazil takes on Croatia in group A on the first day of the tournament.