World Cup 2014 was the 20th FIFA world cup. The hosting honor rewarded to Brazil and the tournament took place from 12 June to 13 July 2014. It was the second time for Brazil to host the world cup, first one was in 1950. Also it was the fifth time for South America to gather the world with this tournament in one of its countries.
Brazil in addition to thirty one national teams competed for the world cup 2014 title in 64 matches that held in 12 different stadiums in most of the Brazilian cities. FIFA started to use the goal-line technology in this contest for the first time. They also used the vanishing foam for free kicks. Brazil received around 1 million visitors from more than tow hundreds countries to support their national teams participating in Brazil world cup.
All the title winners since 1930 (Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Uruguay) were qualified to play in Brazil and compete for the world cup 2014 competitions. Each one of those teams (except Germany, Argentina) was eliminated among the path of the tournament. Spain ,world cup 2010 champion, was eliminated in group stage with England and Italy. Brazil the hosting country lost in the semi finals against Germany with a surprising result 7-1.
Final Match Between Big Teams
The final match put each of Germany and Argentina face to face to compete for the title. The match ended 1-0 for Germany which make Germany achieved its fourth title. Germany was the first European team which was able to win a world cup in the Americas. It was also the first time that one Continent could win the world cup title for three times in a row (Italy 2006, Spain 2010, Germany 2014).
The world cup 2014 witnesses the return of Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador and Iran after missing world cup 2010. Bosnia and Herzegovina made their World Cup debut.