It's finally here. The World Cup 2014 kicks off today and sees the host nation Brazil take on Croatia in the opening match of the tournament. No host team has ever been beaten in their opening match and being the favourites to lift the trophy and an approximate 200 Million Brazil fans watching the opening match we can see the boys in Yellow coasting through the opening match. Here is the lowdown on the tournament with the host nation that will be competing for that illustrious trophy.
Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari
Best performances in a FIFA competition: FIFA World Cup Sweden 1958, Chile 1962, Mexico 1970, USA 1994, Korea/Japan 2002 (Winners), FIFA U-20 World Cup Mexico 1983, USSR 1985, Australia 1993, UAE 2003 (Winners), FIFA U-17 World Cup Egypt 1997, New Zealand 1999, Finland 2003 (Winners), FIFA Confederations Cup Saudi Arabia 1997, Germany 2005, South Africa 2009 (Winners)
Ones To Watch: All the talk from the Brazil team is about Neymar Jr. The 22 Year old Wonder Kid who is currently playing for Bracelona has the spotlift firmly fixed on him and he is hoping to impress in front of his home crowd. There is also the youngster’s former Santos team-mate Robinho, while Barcelona’s Dani Alves is a lung-bursting presence on the flank. Between the sticks, veteran goalkeeper Julio Cesar exudes confidence and security to the rest of the backline.
19 Appearances at the world Cup
5 World Cup Titles
3rd FIFA ranking position (Spain 1st, Germany 2nd)
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