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

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World Cup 2014 Cities Map: Locations, Venues, Fixture Info for FIFA Tournament
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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
City Stadium Matches
Rio de Janeiro Estadio do Maracana Group, Knockout & Final
Brasilia Estadio Nacional Group, Knockout & Third
Belo Horizonte Estadio Mineirao Group & Knockout
Sao Paulo Arena de Sao Paulo Group & Knockout
Salvador Arena Fonte Nova Group & Knockout
Fortaleza Estadio Castelao Group & Knockout
Porto Alegre Estadio Beira-Rio Group & Knockout
Recife Arena Pernambuco Group & Knockout
Cuiaba Arena Pantanal Group
Manaus Arena da Amazonia Group
Natal Arena das Dunas Group
Curitiba Arena da Baixada Group

Tournament Fixtures

2014 World Cup - Tournament Schedule
Date Time (ET) Group Match TV
June 12 4 p.m. A Brazil vs. Croatia ESPN
June 13 12 p.m. A Mexico vs. Cameroon ESPN2
June 13 3 p.m. B Spain vs. Netherlands ESPN
June 13 6 p.m. B Chile vs. Australia ESPN2
June 14 12 p.m. C Colombia vs. Greece ABC
June 14 3 p.m. D Uruguay vs. Costa Rica ABC
June 14 6 p.m. D England vs. Italy ESPN
June 14 9 p.m. C Ivory Coast vs. Japan ESPN
June 15 12 p.m. E Switzerland vs. Ecuador ABC
June 15 3 p.m. E France vs. Honduras ABC
June 15 6 p.m. F Argentina vs. Bosnia-H. ESPN
June 16 12 p.m. G Germany vs. Portugal ESPN
June 16 3 p.m. F Iran vs. Nigeria ESPN
June 16 6 p.m. G Ghana vs. USA ESPN
June 17 12 p.m. H Belgium vs. Algeria ESPN
June 17 3 p.m. A Brazil vs. Mexico ESPN
June 17 6 p.m. H Russia vs. South Korea ESPN
June 18 12 p.m. B Australia vs. Netherlands ESPN
June 18 3 p.m. B Spain vs. Chile ESPN
June 18 6 p.m. A Cameroon vs. Croatia ESPN
June 19 12 p.m. C Colombia vs. Ivory Coast ESPN
June 19 3 p.m. D Uruguay vs. England ESPN
June 19 6 p.m. C Japan vs. Greece ESPN
June 20 12 p.m. D Italy vs. Costa Rica ESPN
June 20 3 p.m. E Switzerland vs. France ESPN
June 20 6 p.m. E Honduras vs. Ecuador ESPN
June 21 12 p.m. F Argentina vs. Iran ESPN
June 21 3 p.m. G Germany vs. Ghana ESPN
June 21 6 p.m. F Nigeria vs. Bosnia-H. ESPN
June 22 12 p.m. H Belgium vs. Russia ABC
June 22 3 p.m. H South Korea vs. Algeria ABC
June 22 6 p.m. G USA vs. Portugal ESPN
June 23 12 p.m. B Netherlands vs. Chile ESPN
June 23 12 p.m. B Australia vs. Spain ESPN2
June 23 4 p.m. A Croatia vs. Mexico ESPN
June 23 4 p.m. A Cameroon vs. Brazil ESPN2
June 24 12 p.m. D Italy vs. Uruguay ESPN
June 24 12 p.m. D Costa Rica vs. England ESPN2
June 24 4 p.m. C Japan vs. Colombia ESPN
June 24 4 p.m. C Greece vs. Ivory Coast ESPN2
June 25 12 p.m. F Nigeria vs. Argentina ESPN
June 25 12 p.m. F Bosnia-H. vs. Iran ESPN2
June 25 4 p.m. E Ecuador vs. France ESPN
June 25 4 p.m. E Honduras vs. Switzerland ESPN2
June 26 12 p.m. G United States vs. Germany ESPN
June 26 12 p.m. G Portugal vs. Ghana ESPN2
June 26 4 p.m. H South Korea vs. Belgium ESPN
June 26 4 p.m. H Algeria vs. Russia ESPN2
June 28 12 p.m. R of 16 1A vs. 2B (Match 49) ABC
June 28 4 p.m. R of 16 1C vs. 2D (Match 50) ABC
June 29 12 p.m. R of 16 1B vs. 2A (Match 51) ESPN
June 29 4 p.m. R of 16 1D vs. 2C (Match 52) ESPN
June 30 12 p.m. R of 16 1E vs. 2F (Match 53) ESPN
June 30 4 p.m. R of 16 1G vs. 2H (Match 54) ESPN
July 1 12 p.m. R of 16 1F vs. 2E (Match 55) ESPN
July 1 4 p.m. R of 16 1H vs. 2G (Match 56) ESPN
July 4 12 p.m. Quarter W53 vs. W54 (Match 57) ESPN2
July 4 4 p.m. Quarter W49 VS. W50 (Match 58) ESPN
July 5 12 p.m. Quarter W55 vs. W56 (Match 59) ABC
July 5 4 p.m. Quarter W51 vs. W52 (Match 60) ESPN
July 8 4 p.m. Semis W57 vs. W58 (Match 61) ESPN
July 9 4 p.m. Semis W59 vs. W60 (Match 62) ESPN
July 12 4 p.m. 3rd L61 vs. L62 ESPN
July 13 3 p.m. Title W61 vs. W62 ABC and

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 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.

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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.

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