Host Country Brazil
The world will be looking to Brazil in June and July 2014 for the ultimate celebration of soccer and national pride: the FIFA World Cup. Played out in twelve venues over a month's time, the World Cup is a must-attend event for fans of the world's game. The U.S. Men's National Team grabbed a place in the tournament with a win over Mexico in September and tickets to the matches are on sale now. An estimated 3.3 million fans will attend the World Cup in Brazil.
It makes perfect sense that this Portuguese-speaking country was chosen to host the 2014 World Cup tournament. With more than 8.5 million kilometres of rainforests, mountains and beaches, there is plenty to explore even when you are aren't cheering for your country at a match.
Note: All above information was correct as of January 15th 2014.
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We have seen the interest in the World Cup increase every four years and are excited to see the large number of tickets purchased for the games in Brazil,
U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said in a statement.
There were more ticket requests than available tickets for all three of our first round matches by a large margin, and we are once again expecting incredible fan support for the team during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
American Soccer Supporters Club members who applied for the specific U.S. matches in Germany, Portugal and Ghana will soon learn if they've been chosen for the lottery.
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Need to Know Before Traveling to Brazil
Crime isn't out of the ordinary in some parts of Brazil, especially the major cities. Always be aware of your surroundings and keep your valubles safe, just as you would on any vacation.
This is undoubtedly the country's biggest event each year, which celebrates Brazilian heritage with colourful costumes, parades, dancing and drinking until the wee hours. If you aren't here for the World Cup, this is the second-biggest event to see in Brazil in 2014.
There are several immunizations you may need to visit Brazil, so make sure to check with your doctor before your trip.
A Budget Friendly World Cup?
While it will certainly be the worth the holiday for lovers of the sport, it can get costly with tickets, food, lodging and other accommodations. While hefty price tags can add up to an expensive trip, there are ways to save some money.
The host cities participating in the World Cup are excellent travel destinations, even without the matches taking place. Around 80 percent of Brazilians live in cities. Here are a few of the most popular:
Rio de Janeiro
Rio is considered the crowning jewel of Brazil. With vibrant colors, dramatic mountain landscapes and the breathtaking views with the Christ the Redeemer statue overhead, it's no wonder they call Rio the "Magnificent City."
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