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    * 2014 FIFA World Cup *

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    (Wikipedia) - 2014 FIFA World Cup "2014 World Cup" redirects here. For the basketball tournament, see 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. 2014 FIFA World Cup Copa do Mundo da FIFA Brasil 2014 Tournament details Host country Dates Teams Venue(s) Final positions Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place Tournament statistics Matches played Goals scored Attendance Top scorer(s) Best player Best young player Best goalkeeper Fair play award
    2014 FIFA World Cup official logo Juntos num só ritmo (All in one rhythm)
    12 June – 13 July 2014 (32 days)
    32 (from 5 confederations)
    12 (in 12 host cities)
     Germany (4th title)
    171 (2.67 per match)
    3,429,873 (53,592 per match)
    James Rodríguez (6 goals)
    Lionel Messi
    Paul Pogba
    Manuel Neuer
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    The 2014 FIFA World Cup was the 20th FIFA World Cup, the tournament for the association football world championship, which took place at several venues across Brazil. Germany won the tournament and took its fourth title, its first since the reunification of West and East Germany in 1990, by defeating Argentina 1–0 in the final.

    It began on 12 June with a group stage and concluded on 13 July with the championship match. It was the second time that Brazil hosted the competition, the first being in 1950.

    The national teams of 31 countries advanced through qualification competitions to participate with the host nation Brazil in the final tournament. A total of 64 matches were played in 12 cities across Brazil in either new or redeveloped stadiums. For the first time at a World Cup finals, match officials used goal-line technology, as well as vanishing foam for free kicks.

    All world champion teams since the first World Cup in 1930 – Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Uruguay – qualified for this competition. The title holders, Spain, were eliminated at the group stage, along with previous winners England and Italy. Uruguay was eliminated in the Round of 16 and France was eliminated at the quarter-finals. Host and 2013 Confederations Cup winner Brazil lost to Germany in the first semi-final. By winning the final, Germany became the first European team to win a World Cup in the Americas. This result marked the first time that sides from the same continent won three successive World Cups (following Italy in 2006 and Spain in 2010).

    As the winners, Germany qualified for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. During the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Fan Fest in the host cities in Brazil received 5 million people, and the country received 1 million guests from 202 countries around the world.

    ContentsHost selection Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup bidsAnnouncing of Brazil as hosts, 2007

    In March 2003, FIFA announced that the tournament would be held in South America for the first time since 1978, in line with its then-active policy of rotating the right to host the World Cup among different confederations. With 2010 FIFA World Cup hosted in South Africa, it would be the second consecutive World Cup outside of Europe, which was a first for the tournament. It was also second in the Southern Hemisphere. Only Brazil and Colombia formally declared their candidacy but, after the withdrawal of the latter from the process, Brazil was officially elected as host nation unopposed on 30 October 2007.

    Participating teams and officials Qualification Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification See also: FIFA World Cup qualification

    Following qualification matches between June 2011 and November 2013, the following 32 teams – shown with their final pre-tournament FIFA World Rankings – qualified for the final tournament. 24 out of the 32 teams to qualify were returning participants from the 2010 World Cup. Bosnia and Herzegovina was the only team with no previous World Cup Finals experience. Colombia qualified for the World Cup after 16 years of absence; Russia and Belgium returned after 12 years. The highest-ranking team to not qualify was Ukraine (ranked 16th).

    AFC (4)CAF (5)OFC (0)
    • None qualified
    •  Argentina (5)
    •  Brazil (3) (hosts)
    •  Chile (14)
    •  Colombia (8)
    •  Ecuador (26)
    •  Uruguay (7)
    UEFA (13)
      Qualified   Failed to qualify   Did not enter   Not a FIFA member
    Teams listed by FIFA ranking as of June 2014 Country Confederation Rank
    1 Spain UEFA 1
    2 Germany UEFA 2
    3 Brazil (host) CONMEBOL 3
    4 Portugal UEFA 4
    5 Argentina CONMEBOL 5
    6 Switzerland UEFA 6
    7 Uruguay CONMEBOL 7
    8 Colombia CONMEBOL 8
    9 Italy UEFA 9
    10 England UEFA 10
    11 Belgium UEFA 11
    12 Greece UEFA 12
    13 United States CONCACAF 13
    14 Chile CONMEBOL 14
    15 Netherlands UEFA 15
    16 France UEFA 17
    17 Croatia UEFA 18
    18 Russia UEFA 19
    19 Mexico CONCACAF 20
    20 Bosnia and Herzegovina UEFA 21
    21 Algeria CAF 22
    22 Ivory Coast CAF 23
    23 Ecuador CONMEBOL 26
    24 Costa Rica CONCACAF 28
    25 Honduras CONCACAF 33
    26 Ghana CAF 37
    27 Iran AFC 43
    28 Nigeria CAF 44
    29 Japan AFC 46
    30 Cameroon CAF 56
    31 South Korea AFC 57
    32 Australia AFC 62
    Final draw Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup seeding

    The 32 participating teams were drawn into eight groups. In preparation for this, the teams were organised into four pots with the seven highest-ranked teams joining host nation Brazil in the seeded pot. As with the previous tournaments, FIFA aimed to create groups which maximised geographic separation and therefore the unseeded teams were arranged into pots based on geographic considerations. The draw took place on 6 December 2013 at the Costa do Sauípe resort in Bahia, during which the teams were drawn by various past World Cup-winning players. Under the draw procedure, one randomly drawn team – Italy – was firstly relocated from Pot 4 to Pot 2 to create four equal pots of eight teams.

    Officials Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup officials

    In March 2013, FIFA published a list of 52 prospective referees, each paired, on the basis of nationality, with two assistant referees, from all six football confederations for the tournament. On 14 January 2014, the FIFA Referees Committee appointed 25 referee trios and eight support duos representing 43 different countries for the tournament. Yuichi Nishimura from Japan acted as referee in the opening match whereas Nicola Rizzoli from Italy acted as referee in the final.

    List of officials Confederation Referee Assistants Support (referee/assist)
    AFC Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan) Abduhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan) Bahadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan) Alireza Faghani (Iran) /Hassan Kamranifar (Iran)
    Yuichi Nishimura (Japan) Toru Sagara (Japan) Toshiyuki Nagi (Japan)
    Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain) Yaser Tulefat (Bahrain) Ebrahim Saleh (Bahrain)
    Ben Williams (Australia) Matthew Cream (Australia) Hakan Anaz (Australia)
    CAF Noumandiez Doué (Ivory Coast) Songuifolo Yeo (Ivory Coast) Jean-Claude Birumushahu (Burundi) Néant Alioum (Cameroon) / Djibril Camara (Senegal) - / Aden Marwa (Kenya)
    Bakary Gassama (Gambia) Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon) Félicien Kabanda (Rwanda)
    Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria) Rédouane Achik (Morocco) Abdelhalk Etchiali (Algeria)
    CONCACAF Joel Aguilar (El Salvador) William Torres (El Salvador) Juan Zumba (El Salvador) Roberto Moreno (Panama) / Eric Boria (United States) Walter López (Guatemala) / Leonel Leal (Costa Rica)
    Mark Geiger (United States) Mark Hurd (United States) Joe Fletcher (Canada)
    Marco Rodríguez (Mexico) Marvin Torrentera (Mexico) Marcos Quintero (Mexico)
    CONMEBOL Néstor Pitana (Argentina) Hernán Maidana (Argentina) Juan Pablo Belatti (Argentina) Víctor Hugo Carrillo (Peru) / Rodney Aquino (Paraguay)
    Sandro Ricci (Brazil) Emerson De Carvalho (Brazil) Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil)
    Enrique Osses (Chile) Carlos Astroza (Chile) Sergio Román (Chile)
    Wilmar Roldán (Colombia) Humberto Clavijo (Colombia) Eduardo Díaz (Colombia)
    Carlos Vera (Ecuador) Christian Lescano (Ecuador) Byron Romero (Ecuador)
    OFC Peter O''Leary (New Zealand) Jan-Hendrik Hintz (New Zealand) Mark Rule (New Zealand) Norbert Hauata (Tahiti) / -
    UEFA Felix Brych (Germany) Stefan Lupp (Germany) Mark Borsch (Germany) Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway) / Kim Haglund (Norway)
    Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey) Bahattin Duran (Turkey) Tarık Ongun (Turkey)
    Jonas Eriksson (Sweden) Mathias Klasenius (Sweden) Daniel Wärnmark (Sweden)
    Björn Kuipers (Netherlands) Sander van Roekel (Netherlands) Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands)
    Milorad Mažić (Serbia) Milovan Ristić (Serbia) Dalibor Đurđević (Serbia)
    Pedro Proença (Portugal) Bertino Miranda (Portugal) Tiago Trigo (Portugal)
    Nicola Rizzoli (Italy) Renato Faverani (Italy) Andrea Stefani (Italy)
    Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain) Roberto Alonso Fernández (Spain) Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (Spain)
    Howard Webb (England) Michael Mullarkey (England) Darren Cann (England)
    Squads Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup squads

    As with the 2010 tournament, each team''s squad consists of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers). Each participating national association had to confirm their final 23-player squad no later than 10 days before the start of the tournament. Teams were permitted to make late replacements in the event of serious injury, at any time up to 24 hours before their first game. During a match, all remaining squad members not named in the starting team are available to be one of the three permitted substitutions (provided the player is not serving a suspension).

    Venues Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup venues

    12 venues (seven new and five renovated) in twelve cities were selected for the tournament. The venues covered all the main regions of Brazil and created more evenly distributed hosting than the 1950 finals in Brazil. Consequently, the tournament required long-distance travel for teams. During the World Cup, Brazilian cities were also home to the participating teams at 32 separate base camps, as well as staging official fan fests where supporters could view the games.

    Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Brasília, Distrito Federal São Paulo, São Paulo Fortaleza, Ceará Belo Horizonte, Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrasíliaFortalezaPorto AlegreSão PauloRio de JaneiroSalvadorNatalCuiabáCuritibaManausRecifePorto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul Salvador, Bahia Recife, Pernambuco Cuiabá, Mato Grosso Manaus, Amazonas Natal, Rio Grande do Norte Curitiba, Paraná
    Estádio do Maracanã Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha Arena de São Paulo Estádio Castelão
    Capacity: 74,738 Capacity: 69,432 Capacity: 63,321 Capacity: 60,348
    Estádio Mineirão Estádio Beira-Rio
    Capacity: 58,259 Capacity: 43,394
    Arena Fonte Nova Arena Pernambuco
    Capacity: 51,708 Capacity: 42,583
    Arena Pantanal Arena da Amazônia Arena das Dunas Arena da Baixada
    Capacity: 41,112 Capacity: 40,549 Capacity: 39,971 Capacity: 39,631
    Team base camps

    Base camps were used by the 32 national squads to stay and train before and during the World Cup tournament. On 31 January 2014, FIFA announced the base camps for each participating team, having earlier circulated a brochure of 84 prospective locations. Most teams opted to stay in the Southeast Region of Brazil, with only eight teams choosing other regions; five teams (Croatia, Germany, Ghana, Greece and Switzerland) opted to stay in the Northeast Region and three teams (Ecuador, South Korea and Spain) opted to stay in the South Region. None opted to stay in the North Region or the Central-West Region.

    National squads'' base camps
    Team City
    Algeria Sorocaba, SP
    Argentina Vespasiano, MG
    Australia Vitória, ES
    Belgium Mogi das Cruzes, SP
    Bosnia and Herzegovina Guarujá, SP
    Brazil Teresópolis, RJ
    Cameroon Vitória, ES
    Chile Belo Horizonte, MG
    Colombia Cotia, SP
    Costa Rica Santos, SP
    Croatia Mata de São João, BA
    Ecuador Viamão, RS
    England Rio de Janeiro, RJ
    France Ribeirão Preto, SP
    Germany Santa Cruz Cabrália, BA
    Ghana Maceió, AL
    Team City
    Greece Aracaju, SE
    Honduras Porto Feliz, SP
    Iran Guarulhos, SP
    Italy Mangaratiba, RJ
    Ivory Coast Águas de Lindoia, SP
    Japan Itu, SP
    South Korea Foz do Iguaçu, PR
    Mexico Santos, SP
    Netherlands Rio de Janeiro, RJ
    Nigeria Campinas, SP
    Portugal Campinas, SP
    Russia Itu, SP
    Spain Curitiba, PR
    Switzerland Porto Seguro, BA
    United States São Paulo, SP
    Uruguay Sete Lagoas, MG
    FIFA Fan Fests

    For a third consecutive World Cup tournament, FIFA staged FIFA Fan Fests in each of the 12 host cities throughout the competition. Prominent examples were the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, which already held a Fan Fest in 2010, and São Paulo''s Vale do Anhangabaú. The first official event took place on Iracema Beach, in Fortaleza, on 8 June 2014.

    Innovations Technologies

    To avoid ghost goals the 2014 World Cup introduced goal-line technology following successful trials at among others 2013 Confederations Cup. The chosen Goal Control system featured 14 high speed cameras, 7 directed to each of the goals. Data were sent to the central image-processing centre, where a virtual representation of the ball was output on a widescreen to confirm the goal. The referee was equipped with a watch which vibrated and displayed a signal upon a goal. France''s second goal in their group game against Honduras was the first time goal-line technology was needed to confirm that a goal should be given.

    Following successful trials, FIFA approved the use of vanishing foam by the referees for the first time at a World Cup Finals. The water-based spray, which disappears within minutes of application, can be used to mark a ten-yard line for the defending team during a free kick and also to draw where the ball is to be placed for a free kick.

    The Adidas Brazuca was the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and was supplied by Forward Sports of Sialkot, Pakistan. Adidas created a new design of ball after criticisms of the Adidas Jabulani used in the previous World Cup. The number of panels was reduced to six, with the panels being thermally bonded. This created a ball with increased consistency and aerodynamics compared to its predecessor. Furthermore Adidas underwent an extensive testing process lasting more than two years to produce a ball that would meet the approval of football professionals.

    Cooling breaks

    Because of the relatively high ambient temperatures in Brazil, particularly at the northern venues, cooling breaks for the players were introduced. Breaks can take place after the 30th minute of the first and second half of games at the referee''s discretion if the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature exceeds 32 °C (90 °F).

    The first cooling break in World Cup play took place during the 32nd minute of the Netherlands vs. Mexico Round of 16 match. At the start of the match, FIFA listed the temperature at 32 °C (90 °F) with 68% humidity.


    The biological passport was introduced in the FIFA World Cup starting in 2014. Blood and urine samples from all players before the competition, and from two players per team per match, are analysed by the Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses. FIFA reported that 91.5% of the players taking part in the tournament were tested before the start of the competition and none tested positive. However, FIFA was criticised for its approach towards finding doping offences.


    The first round, or group stage, was a competition between the 32 teams divided among eight groups of four, where each group engaged in a round-robin tournament within itself. The two highest ranked teams in each group advanced to the knockout stage. Teams were awarded three points for a win and one for a draw. When comparing teams in a group over-all result came before head-to-head.

    Tie-breaking criteria for group play
    The ranking of teams in each group was based on the following criteria:
  • Number of points
  • Goal difference
  • Number of goals scored
  • Number of points obtained in matches between tied teams
  • Goal difference in matches between tied teams
  • Number of goals scored in matches between tied teams
  • Drawing of lots
  • In the knockout stage there were four rounds (round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final), with each eliminating the losers. The two semi-final losers competed in a third place play-off. For any match in the knockout stage, a draw after 90 minutes of regulation time was followed by two 15 minute periods of extra time to determine a winner. If the teams were still tied, a penalty shoot-out was held to determine a winner.

    The match schedule was announced on 20 October 2011 with the kick-off times being confirmed on 27 September 2012; after the final draw, the kick-off times of seven matches were adjusted by FIFA. The competition was organised so that teams that played each other in the group stage could not meet again during the knockout phase until the final (or the 3rd place match). The group stage began on 12 June, with the host nation competing in the opening game as has been the format since the 2006 tournament. The opening game was preceded by an opening ceremony that began at 15:15 local time.

    Group stage Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup group stage See also: List of 2014 FIFA World Cup matches
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    The group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup took place in Brazil from 12 June 2014 to 26 June 2014: each team played three games. The group stage was notable for a scarcity of draws and a large number of goals. The first drawn (and goalless) match did not occur until the 13th match of the tournament, between Iran and Nigeria: a drought longer than any World Cup since 1930. The group stage produced a total of 136 goals, nine fewer than were scored during the entire 2010 tournament. This is the largest number of goals in the group stage since the 32-team system was implemented in 1998 and the largest average in a group stage since 1958. World Cup holders Spain were eliminated after only two games, the quickest exit for the defending champions since Italy''s from the 1950 tournament.

    Group A Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup Group A TeamPld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     Brazil 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 7
     Mexico 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
     Croatia 3 1 0 2 6 6 0 3
     Cameroon 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0
    12 June 2014
    Brazil  3–1  Croatia Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo
    13 June 2014
    Mexico  1–0  Cameroon Arena das Dunas, Natal
    17 June 2014
    Brazil  0–0  Mexico Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
    18 June 2014
    Cameroon  0–4  Croatia Arena da Amazônia, Manaus
    23 June 2014
    Cameroon  1–4  Brazil Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília
    Croatia  1–3  Mexico Arena Pernambuco, Recife
    Group B Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup Group B TeamPld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     Netherlands 3 3 0 0 10 3 +7 9
     Chile 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
     Spain 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3 3
     Australia 3 0 0 3 3 9 −6 0
    13 June 2014
    Spain  1–5  Netherlands Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
    Chile  3–1  Australia Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
    18 June 2014
    Australia  2–3  Netherlands Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
    Spain  0–2  Chile Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
    23 June 2014
    Australia  0–3  Spain Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
    Netherlands  2–0  Chile Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo
    Group C Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup Group C TeamPld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     Colombia 3 3 0 0 9 2 +7 9
     Greece 3 1 1 1 2 4 −2 4
     Ivory Coast 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
     Japan 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1
    14 June 2014
    Colombia  3–0  Greece Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
    Ivory Coast  2–1  Japan Arena Pernambuco, Recife
    19 June 2014
    Colombia  2–1  Ivory Coast Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília
    Japan  0–0  Greece Arena das Dunas, Natal
    24 June 2014
    Japan  1–4  Colombia Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
    Greece  2–1  Ivory Coast Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
    Group D Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup Group D TeamPld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     Costa Rica 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
     Uruguay 3 2 0 1 4 4 0 6
     Italy 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3
     England 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
    14 June 2014
    Uruguay  1–3  Costa Rica Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
    England  1–2  Italy Arena da Amazônia, Manaus
    19 June 2014
    Uruguay  2–1  England Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo
    20 June 2014
    Italy  0–1  Costa Rica Arena Pernambuco, Recife
    24 June 2014
    Italy  0–1  Uruguay Arena das Dunas, Natal
    Costa Rica  0–0  England Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
    Group E Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup Group E TeamPld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     France 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6 7
     Switzerland 3 2 0 1 7 6 +1 6
     Ecuador 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
     Honduras 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
    15 June 2014
    Switzerland  2–1  Ecuador Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília
    France  3–0  Honduras Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
    20 June 2014
    Switzerland  2–5  France Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
    Honduras  1–2  Ecuador Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
    25 June 2014
    Honduras  0–3  Switzerland Arena da Amazônia, Manaus
    Ecuador  0–0  France Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
    Group F Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup Group F TeamPld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     Argentina 3 3 0 0 6 3 +3 9
     Nigeria 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
     Bosnia-Herzegovina 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
     Iran 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
    15 June 2014
    Argentina  2–1  Bosnia-Herzegovina Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
    16 June 2014
    Iran  0–0  Nigeria Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
    21 June 2014
    Argentina  1–0  Iran Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
    Nigeria  1–0  Bosnia-Herzegovina Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
    25 June 2014
    Nigeria  2–3  Argentina Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
    Bosnia-Herzegovina  3–1  Iran Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
    Group G Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup Group G TeamPld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     Germany 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 7
     United States 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
     Portugal 3 1 1 1 4 7 −3 4
     Ghana 3 0 1 2 4 6 −2 1
    16 June 2014
    Germany  4–0  Portugal Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
    Ghana  1–2  United States Arena das Dunas, Natal
    21 June 2014
    Germany  2–2  Ghana Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza
    22 June 2014
    United States  2–2  Portugal Arena da Amazônia, Manaus
    26 June 2014
    United States  0–1  Germany Arena Pernambuco, Recife
    Portugal  2–1  Ghana Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília
    Group H Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup Group H TeamPld W D L GF GA GD Pts
     Belgium 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9
     Algeria 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 4
     Russia 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
     South Korea 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
    17 June 2014
    Belgium  2–1  Algeria Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte
    Russia  1–1  South Korea Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá
    22 June 2014
    Belgium  1–0  Russia Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
    South Korea  2–4  Algeria Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
    26 June 2014
    South Korea  0–1  Belgium Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo
    Algeria  1–1  Russia Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
    Knockout stage Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup knockout stage
    Round of 16
    • v
    • t
    • e
    Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
    28 June – Belo Horizonte            
      Brazil (pen.)  1 (3)
    4 July – Fortaleza
      Chile  1 (2)  
      Brazil  2
    28 June – Rio de Janeiro
        Colombia  1  
      Colombia  2
    8 July – Belo Horizonte
      Uruguay  0  
      Brazil  1
    30 June – Brasília
        Germany  7  
      France  2
    4 July – Rio de Janeiro
      Nigeria  0  
      France  0
    30 June – Porto Alegre
        Germany  1  
      Germany (aet)  2
    13 July – Rio de Janeiro
      Algeria  1  
      Germany (aet)  1
    29 June – Fortaleza
        Argentina  0
      Netherlands  2
    5 July – Salvador
      Mexico  1  
      Netherlands (pen.)  0 (4)
    29 June – Recife
        Costa Rica  0 (3)  
      Costa Rica (pen.)  1 (5)
    9 July – São Paulo
      Greece  1 (3)  
      Netherlands  0 (2)
    1 July – São Paulo
        Argentina (pen.)  0 (4)   Third place
      Argentina (aet)  1
    5 July – Brasília 12 July – Brasília
      Switzerland  0  
      Argentina  1   Brazil  0
    1 July – Salvador
        Belgium  0     Netherlands  3
      Belgium (aet)  2
      United States  1  

    Scores after extra time are indicated by (aet), and penalty shoot-outs are indicated by (pen.).

    Round of 16

    For the first time since the introduction of a round of 16 after the group stage in 1986, all the group winners advanced into the quarterfinals. They included four teams from UEFA, three from CONMEBOL, and one from CONCACAF. Of the eight matches, five required extra-time, and two of these required penalty shoot-outs; this was the first time penalty shoot-outs happened in more than one game in a round of 16. The goal average per game in the round of 16 was 2.25, a drop of 0.58 goals per game from the group stage. The eight teams to win in the round of 16 included four former champions (Brazil, Germany, Argentina and France), a three-time runner up (Netherlands), and two first-time quarterfinalists (Colombia and Costa Rica). Belgium reached their first quarterfinals since 1986.

    All times listed below are at local time (UTC−3)

    28 June 2014 13:00
    Brazil  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Chile Penalties 3–2
    David Luiz  18'' Report Sánchez  32''
    David Luiz Willian Marcelo Hulk Neymar Pinilla Sánchez Aránguiz Díaz Jara
    Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte Attendance: 57,714 Referee: Howard Webb (England)
    28 June 2014 17:00
    Colombia  2–0  Uruguay
    Rodríguez  28'', 50'' Report
    Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro Attendance: 73,804 Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
    29 June 2014 13:00
    Netherlands  2–1  Mexico
    Sneijder  88'' Huntelaar  90+4'' (pen.) Report Dos Santos  48''
    Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza Attendance: 58,817 Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)
    29 June 2014 17:00
    Costa Rica  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Greece Penalties 5–3
    Ruiz  52'' Report Papastathopoulos  90+1''
    Borges Ruiz González Campbell Umaña Mitroglou Christodoulopoulos Holebas Gekas
    Arena Pernambuco, Recife Attendance: 41,242 Referee: Ben Williams (Australia)
    30 June 2014 13:00
    France  2–0  Nigeria
    Pogba  79'' Yobo  90+2'' (o.g.) Report
    Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília Attendance: 67,882 Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
    30 June 2014 17:00
    Germany  2–1 (a.e.t.)  Algeria
    Schürrle  92'' Özil  120'' Report Djabou  120+1''
    Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre Attendance: 43,063 Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
    1 July 2014 13:00
    Argentina  1–0 (a.e.t.)  Switzerland
    Di María  118'' Report
    Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo Attendance: 63,255 Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
    1 July 2014 17:00
    Belgium  2–1 (a.e.t.)  United States
    De Bruyne  93'' Lukaku  105'' Report Green  107''
    Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador Attendance: 51,227 Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)

    With a 1–0 victory over France, Germany set a World Cup record with four consecutive semi-final appearances. Brazil beat Colombia 2–1, but Brazil''s Neymar was injured and missed the rest of the competition. Argentina reached the final four for the first time since 1990 after a 1–0 win over Belgium. The Netherlands reached the semi-finals for the second consecutive tournament, after overcoming Costa Rica in a penalty shoot-out following a 0–0 draw at the end of extra time.

    4 July 2014 13:00
    France  0–1  Germany
    Report Hummels  13''
    Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro Attendance: 74,240 Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
    4 July 2014 17:00
    Brazil  2–1  Colombia
    Thiago Silva  7'' David Luiz  69'' Report Rodríguez  80'' (pen.)
    Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza Attendance: 60,342 Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)
    5 July 2014 13:00
    Argentina  1–0  Belgium
    Higuaín  8'' Report
    Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília Attendance: 68,551 Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
    5 July 2014 17:00
    Netherlands  0–0 (a.e.t.)  Costa Rica Penalties 4–3
    Van Persie Robben Sneijder Kuyt Borges Ruiz González Bolaños Umaña
    Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador Attendance: 51,179 Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

    Germany qualified for the final for the eighth time with a 7–1 win over Brazil – the biggest defeat in Brazilian history since 1920. Miroslav Klose''s goal in this match was his 16th in all World Cups, breaking the record he had previously shared with Ronaldo. Klose set another record by becoming the first player to appear in four World Cup semi-finals. Argentina reached their first final since 1990, and the fifth overall after overcoming Netherlands in a penalty shoot-out following a 0–0 draw at the end of extra time.

    Main article: Brazil v Germany (2014 FIFA World Cup)
    8 July 2014 17:00
    Brazil  1–7  Germany
    Oscar  90'' Report Müller  11'' Klose  23'' Kroos  24'', 26'' Khedira  29'' Schürrle  69'', 79''
    Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte Attendance: 58,141 Referee: Marco Rodríguez (Mexico)
    9 July 2014 17:00
    Netherlands  0–0 (a.e.t.)  Argentina Penalties 2–4
    Vlaar Robben Sneijder Kuyt Messi Garay Agüero Rodríguez
    Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo Attendance: 63,267 Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
    Third place play-off

    The Netherlands defeated Brazil 3–0 to secure third place, the first for the Dutch team in their history. Overall, Brazil conceded 14 goals in the tournament; this was the most by a team at any single World Cup since 1986, and the most by a host nation in history. (But 1954 hosts Switzerland conceded more goals per match, 2.25 vs. 2.00; and many more teams conceded more than 2.00 goals per match after 1986.)

    12 July 2014 17:00
    Brazil  0–3  Netherlands
    Report Van Persie  3'' (pen.) Blind  17'' Wijnaldum  90+1''
    Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília Attendance: 68,034 Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)
    Final Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup Final

    The final featured Germany against Argentina for a record third time after 1986 and 1990.

    13 July 2014 16:00
    Germany  1–0 (a.e.t.)  Argentina
    Götze  113'' Report
    Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro Attendance: 74,738 Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

    Despite the early exit of reigning champions Spain and previous champions Italy in the group stage, this marked the first time that teams from the same continent had won three consecutive World Cups (following Italy in 2006 and Spain in 2010). It was also the first time that a European nation had won the World Cup in the Americas. On aggregate Europe now has 11 victories, compared to South America''s 9 victories.

    Statistics Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup statistics See also: FIFA World Cup records Goalscorers

    James Rodríguez was awarded the Golden Boot for scoring six goals, the first time that a Colombian player received the award. In total, 171 goals were scored by a record 121 different players, with five of them credited as own goals. Goals scored from penalty shoot-outs are not counted.

    6 goals5 goals4 goals3 goals2 goals1 goalOwn goals

    Source: FIFA


    Juan Cuadrado and Toni Kroos finished highest in the assists table with four assists each.

    4 assists3 assists2 assists1 assist

    Source: UEFA

    Discipline Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup disciplinary record

    The most notable disciplinary case was that of Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez, who was suspended for nine international matches and banned from taking part in any football-related activity (including entering any stadium) for four months, following a biting incident on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. He was also fined CHF100,000. After an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Suárez was later allowed to participate in training and friendly matches with new club Barcelona.

    Awards Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup awards

    The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament:

    Award Winner Other nominees
    Golden Ball

    1 ! Lionel Messi 2 ! Thomas Müller 3 ! Arjen Robben

    Ángel Di María James Rodríguez Javier Mascherano Mats Hummels Neymar Philipp Lahm Toni Kroos

    Golden Boot

    1 ! James Rodríguez (6 goals, 2 assists) 2 ! Thomas Müller (5 goals, 3 assists) 3 ! Neymar (4 goals, 1 assist)

    Golden Glove

    Manuel Neuer

    Keylor Navas Sergio Romero

    Best Young Player

    Paul Pogba

    Memphis Depay Raphaël Varane

    FIFA Fair Play Trophy


    Technical Study Group

    The members of the Technical Study Group, the committee that decided which players won the awards were led by FIFA''s head of the Technical Division Jean-Paul Brigger and featured:

    • Gérard Houllier
    • Raul Arias
    • Gabriel Calderón
    • Ricki Herbert
    • Abdel Moneim Hussein
    • Kwok Ka Ming
    • Ioan Lupescu
    • Ginés Meléndez
    • Tsuneyasu Miyamoto
    • Sunday Oliseh
    • Mixu Paatelainen
    • Jaime Rodríguez
    • Theodore Whitmore

    There were changes to the voting procedure for awards for the 2014 edition, accredited media were allowed to vote for the Golden Ball award in 2010, however in 2014, only the Technical Study Group could select the outcome.

    All-Star Team

    The Castrol Index that evaluated player performances through statistical data finished with the following players leading each position (Toni Kroos was the overall leader). Despite winning the Golden Ball, Lionel Messi was not included in the team.

    Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards

    Manuel Neuer (Germany)

    Marcos Rojo (Argentina) Mats Hummels (Germany) Thiago Silva (Brazil) Stefan de Vrij (Netherlands)

    Oscar (Brazil) Toni Kroos (Germany) Philipp Lahm (Germany) James Rodríguez (Colombia)

    Arjen Robben (Netherlands) Thomas Müller (Germany)

    Dream Team

    The Dream Team elected by users of fifa.com consisted of the following players.

    Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards Manager

    Manuel Neuer (Germany)

    Marcelo (Brazil) Mats Hummels (Germany) Thiago Silva (Brazil) David Luiz (Brazil)

    Ángel Di María (Argentina) Toni Kroos (Germany) James Rodríguez (Colombia)

    Neymar (Brazil) Lionel Messi (Argentina) Thomas Müller (Germany)

    Joachim Löw (Germany)

    Prize money

    The total prize money on offer for the tournament was confirmed by FIFA as US$576 million (including payments of $70 million to domestic clubs and $100 million as player insurances), a 37 percent increase from the amount allocated in the 2010 tournament. Before the tournament, each of the 32 entrants received $1.5 million for preparation costs. At the tournament, the prize money was distributed as follows:

    Tournament team rankings

    Note: As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

    Result of countries participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
      Champion   Runner-up   Third place   Fourth place   Quarter-finals   Round of 16   Group stage
    Pos. Team G Pld W D L Pts GF GA GD
    1  Germany G 7 6 1 0 19 18 4 +14
    2  Argentina F 7 5 1 1 16 8 4 +4
    3  Netherlands B 7 5 2 0 17 15 4 +11
    4  Brazil A 7 3 2 2 11 11 14 -3
    Eliminated in the quarter-finals
    5  Colombia C 5 4 0 1 12 12 4 +8
    6  Belgium H 5 4 0 1 12 6 3 +3
    7  France E 5 3 1 1 10 10 3 +7
    8  Costa Rica D 5 2 3 0 9 5 2 +3
    Eliminated in the round of 16
    9  Chile B 4 2 1 1 7 6 4 +2
    10  Mexico A 4 2 1 1 7 5 3 +2
    11  Switzerland E 4 2 0 2 6 7 7 0
    12  Uruguay D 4 2 0 2 6 4 6 -2
    13  Greece C 4 1 2 1 5 3 5 -2
    14  Algeria H 4 1 1 2 4 7 7 0
    15  United States G 4 1 1 2 4 5 6 -1
    16  Nigeria F 4 1 1 2 4 3 5 -2
    Eliminated in the group stage
    17  Ecuador E 3 1 1 1 4 3 3 0
    18  Portugal G 3 1 1 1 4 4 7 -3
    19  Croatia A 3 1 0 2 3 6 6 0
    20  Bosnia-Herzegovina F 3 1 0 2 3 4 4 0
    21  Ivory Coast C 3 1 0 2 3 4 5 -1
    22  Italy D 3 1 0 2 3 2 3 -1
    23  Spain B 3 1 0 2 3 4 7 -3
    24  Russia H 3 0 2 1 2 2 3 -1
    25  Ghana G 3 0 1 2 1 4 6 -2
    26  England D 3 0 1 2 1 2 4 -2
    27  South Korea H 3 0 1 2 1 3 6 -3
    28  Iran F 3 0 1 2 1 1 4 -3
    29  Japan C 3 0 1 2 1 2 6 -4
    30  Australia B 3 0 0 3 0 3 9 -6
    31  Honduras E 3 0 0 3 0 1 8 -7
    32  Cameroon A 3 0 0 3 0 1 9 -8
    Preparations and costs Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup preparations

    Forecasts on the eve of the tournament estimated that the cost to the Brazilian government would be US$14 billion, making it the most expensive World Cup to date. FIFA is expected to spend US$2 billion on staging the finals, with its greatest single expense being the US$576 million prize money pot.

    Although organisers originally estimated costs of US$1.1 billion, a reported US$3.6 billion was ultimately spent on stadium works. Five of the chosen host cities had brand new venues built specifically for the World Cup, while the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in the capital Brasília was demolished and rebuilt, with the remaining six being extensively renovated.

    An additional R$3 billion (US$1.3 billion, €960 million, £780 million at June 2014 rates) was earmarked by the Brazilian government for investment in infrastructure works and projects for use during the 2014 World Cup and beyond. However, the failed completion of many of the proposed works provoked discontent among some Brazilians.

    The Brazilian government pledged US$900 million to be invested into security forces and that the tournament would be "one of the most protected sports events in history."

    MarketingFuleco, the official mascot of the 2014 FIFA World CupMain article: 2014 FIFA World Cup marketing

    The marketing of the 2014 FIFA World Cup included sale of tickets, support from sponsors and promotion through events that utilise the symbols and songs of the tournament. Popular merchandise included items featuring the official mascot as well as an official video game that has been developed by EA Sports. The official song of the tournament was "We Are One (Ole Ola)" with vocals from Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte. As a partner of the German Football Association, the German airline Lufthansa renamed itself "Fanhansa" on some of its planes that flew the German national team, media representatives and football fans to Brazil.

    Media See also: 2014 FIFA World Cup broadcasting rights

    For a fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup Finals, the coverage was provided by HBS (Host Broadcast Services), a subsidiary of Infront Sports & Media. Sony was selected as the official equipment provider and built 12 bespoke high definition production 40-foot-long containers, one for each tournament venue, to house the extensive amount of equipment required. Each match utilised 37 standard camera plans, including Aerial and Cablecam, two Ultramotion cameras and dedicated cameras for interviews. The official tournament film, as well as three matches, will be filmed with ultra high definition technology (4K resolution), following a successful trial at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

    The broadcasting rights – covering television, radio, internet and mobile coverage – for the tournament were sold to media companies in each individual territory either directly by FIFA, or through licensed companies or organisations such as the European Broadcasting Union, Organización de Televisión Iberoamericana, International Media Content, Dentsu and RS International Broadcasting & Sports Management. The sale of these rights accounted for an estimated 60% of FIFA''s income from staging a World Cup. The International Broadcast Centre was situated at the Riocentro in the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro.

    Worldwide, several games qualified as the most-watched sporting events in their country in 2014, including 42.9 million people in Brazil for the opening game between Brazil and Croatia, the 34.1 million in Japan who saw their team play Ivory Coast, and 34.7 million in Germany who saw their national team win the World Cup against Argentina, while the 24.7 million viewers during the game between the USA and Portugal is joint with the 2010 final as the most-watched football game in the United States.

    Controversies Main article: List of 2014 FIFA World Cup controversies

    The 2014 FIFA World Cup generated various controversies, including demonstrations, some of which took place even before the tournament started. Most centred around officiating, with international referees including Yuichi Nishimura, Milorad Mažić, Enrique Osses, Peter O''Leary, Ravshan Irmatov, Howard Webb, Mark Geiger, Carlos Velasco Carballo, and assistant Humberto Clavijo coming under criticism for their performances. Furthermore, there were various issues with safety, including eight deaths of workers and a fire during construction, breaches into stadiums, an unstable makeshift staircase at the Maracanã Stadium, a monorail collapse, and the collapse of an unfinished overpass in Belo Horizonte. The most notable disciplinary case was that of Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez, who was disciplined after biting an Italian player during a game.

    ProtestsAnti-World Cup demonstration on the opening day.Further information: List of 2014 FIFA World Cup controversies § Protests

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