Brazil, Uruguay or Argentina
Chile, Ecuador or Colombia
Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico or the United States
Portugal or Spain
Italy or France
Belgium, the Netherlands or Switzerland
Germany, Croatia or England
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece or Russia
Algeria, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria or Cameroon
Iran, Australia, Japan or the Republic of Korea
Olá! Bem-vindo ao Brasil.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup is an international men's soccer event that that is taking place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13.
32 teams from 5 continental soccer confederations will be competing in this tournament.
CONMEBOL (South America) Brazil (host), Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay CONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) The USA, Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico UEFA (Europe) Belgium, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, England, Spain, Portugal, France, Greece and Croatia CAF (Africa) Cote d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Algeria AFC (Asia) Iran, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Australia
12 cities in Brazil were selected to host the matches
States Cities Time Southeast São Paulo (SP) São Paulo EDT+1 Rio de Janeiro (RJ) Rio de Janeiro EDT+1 Minas Gerais (MG) Belo Horizonte EDT+1 Northeast Bahia (BA) Salvador EDT+1 Pernambuco (PE) Recife EDT+1 Ceará (CE) Fortaleza EDT+1 Rio Grande do Norte (RN) Natal EDT+1 South Rio Grande do Sul (RS) Porto Alegre EDT+1 Paraná (PR) Curitiba EDT+1 Central-West Mato Grosso (MT) Cuiabá EDT Federal District (DF) (not a state) Brasília EDT+1 North Amazonas (AM) Manaus EDT
32 teams are divided into 8 groups. The two best teams of each group will advance to the second round
Group A Brazil, Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon Group B Spain, the Netherlands, Chile and Australia Group C Colombia, Greece, Cote d'Ivoire and Japan Group D Uruguay, Costa Rica, England and Italy Group E Switzerland, Ecuador, France and Honduras Group F Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria Group G Germany, Portugal, Ghana and the United States Group H Belgium, Algeria, Russia and the Republic of Korea
Can't wait for your predictions. Which team will win the tournament?
The opening match between Brazil and Croatia takes place in São Paulo, SP at 4pm EDT.
I predict that it will be a draw
Since this is in BRAZIL, I pick Brazil.
Well... first match in there's already controversial penalty decision. Actually... not controversial, it was totally not a penalty at all.
Oh well, what's World Cup without silly refereeing decisions eh?
I guess they will never introduce video technology to help make decisions like this. How else could people do match-fixing and have referees make bias decisions in the future?
Australia will need a massive miracle to progress in their group lol
Brazil 3-1 Croatia.
I didn't predict well. There are 3 matches next day.
Mexico - Cameroon in Natal, RN noon EDT Spain - the Netherlands in Salvador, BA 3pm EDT Chile - Australia in Cuiabá, MT 6 pm EDT
I predict that Mexico and Chile will win and the defending champion Spain will have a draw
Mexico 1-0 Cameroon
Group A standings after the first 2 matches
Played Wins Draws Losses Goals for Goals against Goals difference Points 1 Brazil 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 3 2 Mexico 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 3 Cameroon 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0 4 Croatia 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0
Spain 1-5 the Netherlands
Chile 3-1 Australia
Group B standings after the first 2 matches
Played Wins Draws Losses Goals for Goals against Goals difference Points 1 The Netherlands 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 3 2 Chile 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 3 3 Australia 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0 4 Spain 1 0 0 1 1 5 -4 0
4 matches on the third day
Colombia - Greece in Belo Horizonte, MG 12 pm EDT Uruguay - Costa Rica in Fortaleza, CE 3 pm EDT England - Italy in Manaus, AM 6 pm EDT Cote d'Ivoire - Japan in Recife, PE 9 pm EDT
4 matches were played and I predicted 2 correctly. I predict that Colombia, Uruguay, Italy and Cote d'Ivoire will win
Lots of surprises over the first few days.
Just a little bit of drama in the US/Ghana game.
That USA game was awesome! I admit I don't always follow the World Cup as USA never does very well. Lol but this year it is really interesting to me for some reason.
Memo to FIFA, when a guy is knocked out cold you might want to have a rule that says he can't go back into the game two minutes after he wakes up.