by Meghna Kumar
Beginning on June 13 and ending on July 13, 2014, Brazil will hold the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The World Cup will kick off with a match between Brazil and Croatia in the Arena de Sao Paolo, also known as the Arena Corinthians. Thirty-two teams from all around the world compete in the games, but only one will win the 18 carat gold trophy for their team and their country.
With over 11 million occupants, the host city Sao Paulo is one of the most populous in the world. It has undergone numerous renovations in order to be able to host this event. A bonus for soccer fans visiting Brazil for the World Cup is the electrifying Parintins Folklore Festival, which is held every June and reveres an ancient legend about an ox. Highlights of this festival are the floats and vibrant costumes. Beaches stretch across Brazil’s eastern coastline, providing more entertainment opportunities for tourists.
Because the FIFA World Cup attracts a plethora of spectators, Brazil has put forth efforts to encourage environmental sustainability. They have equipped the stadiums with solar panels and provided more opportunities for recycling. The FIFA organization also holds a strong policy against discrimination and is taking a stance against racism by dedicating competitions to FIFA’s Anti-Discrimination Days. The FIFA security division will aid in ensuring that everyone at the World Cup is safe.
Tickets to the 2014 FIFA World Cup are available online at the official FIFA website, or by mailing or faxing a ticket application form. Brazil will also be hosting the next Summer Olympics, which are to be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.