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The 2014 FIFA World Cup was the 18th FIFA World Cup, a tournament for the men's football world championship, that took place in Brazil.

It began on 12 June, with a group stage, and concluded on 13 July with the final match. It is the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the first being in 1950. Brazil was elected unchallenged as host nation in 2007 after the international football federation, FIFA, decreed that the tournament would be staged in South America for the first time since 1978 in Argentina, and the fifth time overall.

The national teams of 31 countries advanced through qualification competitions that began in June 2011 to participate with the host nation Brazil in the final tournament. A total of 64 matches were played in 12 cities across Brazil in either new or redeveloped stadiums. For the first time at a World Cup finals, match officials used goal-line technology, as well as vanishing foam for free kicks.

All former champions since 1930 qualified for the competition. Of these, only Germany, Argentina, South Africa, and Brazil made it to the semifinals. Germany's victory made it the nation's fourth victory, making Germany the team with the second most titles.

Host selection

In March 2003, FIFA announced that the tournament would be held in South America, as a result of the new policy of rotating host right between the different confederations. Brazil and Colombia were the only nations to formally confirm their candidacy, but Colombia withdrew during the selection process, resulting in Brazil being elected as the host nation.

FIFA also decided that hosting right for the tournament would no longer be confined to specific confederations after 2007.

Qualification

Champion in bold.

Groups

Key to colours in group tables
Team advanced to the Round of 16

Matches

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