World Cup 2014 Cities Map: Locations, Venues, Fixture Info for FIFA Tournament

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2014

FILE- This March 13, 2014, file photo released by Portal da Copa shows an aerial view of the Castelao stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil. Castelao will host matches during the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament. (AP Photo/Fabio Lima, Portal da Copa, File) - SEE FURTHER WORLD CUP CONTENT AT APIMAGES.COM
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Brazil will be the focus of the sports world quite a bit over the next few years. In 2016, Rio de Janeiro will serve as the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics. But first, cities around the nation will welcome fans from around the globe for the 2014 World Cup.

A total of 12 different venues are slated to host matches during the month-long event. Given the size of Brazil, some cities like Manaus are quite a distance away from the other sites, which will lead to some intense travel for certain national teams.

With that in mind, let's check out all of the important stadium details. Those are followed by a complete schedule for the marquee international event and a deeper dive into the host nation's chances of raising the World Cup trophy on home soil.

 

Venue Information

Cities Map via FIFA

Stadium Schedule via FIFA

2014 World Cup - Stadium Locations
CityStadiumMatches
Rio de JaneiroEstadio do MaracanaGroup, Knockout & Final
BrasiliaEstadio NacionalGroup, Knockout & Third
Belo HorizonteEstadio MineiraoGroup & Knockout
Sao PauloArena de Sao PauloGroup & Knockout
SalvadorArena Fonte NovaGroup & Knockout
FortalezaEstadio CastelaoGroup & Knockout
Porto AlegreEstadio Beira-RioGroup & Knockout
RecifeArena PernambucoGroup & Knockout
CuiabaArena PantanalGroup
ManausArena da AmazoniaGroup
NatalArena das DunasGroup
CuritibaArena da BaixadaGroup
FIFA.com

 

Tournament Fixtures

2014 World Cup - Tournament Schedule
DateTime (ET)GroupMatchTV
June 124 p.m.ABrazil vs. CroatiaESPN
June 1312 p.m.AMexico vs. CameroonESPN2
June 133 p.m.BSpain vs. NetherlandsESPN
June 136 p.m.BChile vs. AustraliaESPN2
June 1412 p.m.CColombia vs. GreeceABC
June 143 p.m.DUruguay vs. Costa RicaABC
June 146 p.m.DEngland vs. ItalyESPN
June 149 p.m.CIvory Coast vs. JapanESPN
June 1512 p.m.ESwitzerland vs. EcuadorABC
June 153 p.m.EFrance vs. HondurasABC
June 156 p.m.FArgentina vs. Bosnia-H.ESPN
June 1612 p.m.GGermany vs. PortugalESPN
June 163 p.m.FIran vs. NigeriaESPN
June 166 p.m.GGhana vs. USAESPN
June 1712 p.m.HBelgium vs. AlgeriaESPN
June 173 p.m.ABrazil vs. MexicoESPN
June 176 p.m.HRussia vs. South KoreaESPN
June 1812 p.m.BAustralia vs. NetherlandsESPN
June 183 p.m.BSpain vs. Chile ESPN
June 186 p.m.ACameroon vs. CroatiaESPN
June 1912 p.m.CColombia vs. Ivory CoastESPN
June 193 p.m.DUruguay vs. EnglandESPN
June 196 p.m.CJapan vs. GreeceESPN
June 2012 p.m.DItaly vs. Costa RicaESPN
June 203 p.m.ESwitzerland vs. FranceESPN
June 206 p.m.EHonduras vs. EcuadorESPN
June 2112 p.m.FArgentina vs. IranESPN
June 213 p.m.GGermany vs. GhanaESPN
June 216 p.m.FNigeria vs. Bosnia-H.ESPN
June 2212 p.m.HBelgium vs. RussiaABC
June 223 p.m.HSouth Korea vs. AlgeriaABC
June 226 p.m.GUSA vs. PortugalESPN
June 2312 p.m.BNetherlands vs. ChileESPN
June 2312 p.m.BAustralia vs. SpainESPN2
June 234 p.m.ACroatia vs. MexicoESPN
June 234 p.m.ACameroon vs. BrazilESPN2
June 2412 p.m.DItaly vs. UruguayESPN
June 2412 p.m.DCosta Rica vs. EnglandESPN2
June 244 p.m.CJapan vs. ColombiaESPN
June 244 p.m.CGreece vs. Ivory CoastESPN2
June 2512 p.m.FNigeria vs. ArgentinaESPN
June 2512 p.m.FBosnia-H. vs. IranESPN2
June 254 p.m.EEcuador vs. FranceESPN
June 254 p.m.EHonduras vs. SwitzerlandESPN2
June 2612 p.m.GUnited States vs. GermanyESPN
June 2612 p.m.GPortugal vs. GhanaESPN2
June 264 p.m.HSouth Korea vs. BelgiumESPN
June 264 p.m.HAlgeria vs. RussiaESPN2
June 2812 p.m.R of 161A vs. 2B (Match 49)ABC
June 284 p.m.R of 161C vs. 2D (Match 50)ABC
June 2912 p.m.R of 161B vs. 2A (Match 51)ESPN
June 294 p.m.R of 161D vs. 2C (Match 52)ESPN
June 3012 p.m.R of 161E vs. 2F (Match 53)ESPN
June 304 p.m.R of 161G vs. 2H (Match 54)ESPN
July 112 p.m.R of 161F vs. 2E (Match 55)ESPN
July 14 p.m.R of 161H vs. 2G (Match 56)ESPN
July 412 p.m.QuarterW53 vs. W54 (Match 57)ESPN2
July 44 p.m.QuarterW49 VS. W50 (Match 58)ESPN
July 512 p.m.QuarterW55 vs. W56 (Match 59)ABC
July 54 p.m.QuarterW51 vs. W52 (Match 60)ESPN
July 84 p.m.SemisW57 vs. W58 (Match 61)ESPN
July 94 p.m.SemisW59 vs. W60 (Match 62)ESPN
July 124 p.m.3rdL61 vs. L62ESPN
July 133 p.m.TitleW61 vs. W62ABC
FIFA.com and ESPNMediaZone.com

 

Outlook for Host Nation

Brazil enters the tournament as one of four top contenders. Argentina, Germany and the defending champions from Spain make up the rest of that top-tier group. It would be an upset if one of those sides didn't win the title, even with a strong cast of secondary championship hopefuls.

As always, serving as the host nation can be either a positive or a negative. The amazing amount of crowd support can serve as a huge advantage. But a team must understand how to overcome the added pressure that comes along with that support.

The Selecao handled the situation perfectly one year ago in the Confederations Cup, which is basically a test run for the World Cup. They won the tournament with some truly outstanding performances, including a 3-0 win over Spain in the final.

Now they are expected to replicate the result on a much grander stage.

Vaishali Bhardwaj of Goal.com passed along comments manager Luiz Felipe Scolari made in the Times of India. He said it's up to them to turn the entire World Cup experience into a positive one for the country:

When Brazil play in the World Cup, people expect them to win it. That's not extra pressure, but that's normal for a Brazilian fan, as well as for a Brazilian footballer. If you realize this, the job will be easier.

I know there are issues [with how the tournament has been organized]. People are not happy. We have a duty to make them happy by winning the cup for them.

At the outset, it looks like Brazil has a great chance to do exactly that. The squad features everything you look for in a championship side.

The Selecao feature experience at the back, highlighted by Thiago Silva and Dani Alves, strength in the midfield thanks to Oscar and Paulinho and an attacking superstar capable of turning an entire match around on his own in Neymar.

Add in the home-field advantage and it's not hard to see why Bloomberg's simulations picked Brazil to raise the World Cup trophy, as noted by the outlet's David Stringer:

The journey won't be easy, of course. Group A could be trickier than it looks on paper with an underrated Croatia side and Mexico, which could bounce back on the big stage after a lackluster qualifying campaign. Cameroon also has some star power led by Samuel Eto'o.

 

Then the Round of 16 would feature a matchup against a side from Group B, which features Spain, Chile, the Netherlands and Australia. The first three of those teams are all dangerous.

Yet, despite the numerous hurdles that lie ahead, it's nothing Brazil can't handle. As long as it displays form on the same level or higher than the Confederations Cup, a deep run should be in the cards. And anything can happen once the tournament reaches the semifinals.

A lot will depend on the success of Neymar, who was the best player in last summer's tournament but went through some dry spells with Barcelona at the club level. If he gets back into top form, Brazil should prove itself as the team to beat.

And with a raucous crowd behind them, the Selecao will be an incredibly tough out.