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2014 World Cup City Travel Guides

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by Ella Moss for World Football Commentaries

Publisher's Note

With the World Cup on the horizon (12 June 2014) from Brazil, please enjoy this helpful article about guides to all of the host cities.

Thirty-two nations of the world expect; none of them more so than Brazil. England, not so much, but hope is building among many countries and not just the favourites; Brazil, Germany, Holland, Argentina, Italy and France, but also Colombia (if Radamel Falcao recovers) and Chile, respectively.

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Not since Roberto Baggio’s skyward penalty kick in 1994 has a World Cup been spread so far and wide. The 64 matches of Brazil 2014 will be distributed over 12 host cities (presuming Curitiba remains). That logistical reality means that following your nation is going to involve thousands of kilometres/miles of travel as well as a lot of money.

All world cups are expensive propositions, which is why it is good to read guides to World Cup locales in Brazilian cities. Filled with tips about saving money in general in Brazil – such as finding affordable places to stay, how to navigate the vast country from Amazonian Manaus to southern Belo Horizonte, there are unique guides for each host city. 

It will be invaluable if you wish to follow your home nation as each group game will be in a different place. But it is just as useful for the neutral fan hoping to pitch up in one place and watch the games there.


Brazilian Portuguese Footballing Terminology Guide by Street Smart Brazil.

Links to Guides for Each Host City

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Discoverbrazil.com
This map shows each venue for World Cup 2014 and provides
us with a look at the travel distances.Cuiaba and Manaus are UTC -4.
All other venues are UTC -3.






















The 12 FIFA Host Cities for Brazil 2014:
  • Belo Horizonte
  • Brasilia
  • Cuiaba
  • Curitiba
  • Fortaleza
  • Manaus
  • Natal
  • Porto Alegre
  • Recife
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Salvador
  • Sao Paulo
About the Author

Ella Moss is from the UK. She studied literature at college, and went on to do a degree in sport finance. Rather than finding work in that sector, she moved into tourism and hospitality. It was a way to see the world. In her mid-20s, she settled down and fell back in love with writing and began with small jobs for local businesses, little websites and so on building up her writing career. Now she is able to work full-time as a writer and has ghost written a wide range of sport, travel and business articles for sites and companies across the world.


The 2014 World Cup Group Round Phase

Brazil National Team photo BrazilNationalTeam.jpg
Photo credit: AndhikaMPPP.














Group A

Brazil
Croatia
Cameroon
Mexico

Group B

Spain
The Netherlands
Chile
Australia

Group C

Colombia
Cote d'Ivoire
Japan
Greece

Group D

Italy
England
Uruguay
Costa Rica

Group E

France
Switzerland
Ecuador
Honduras

Group F

Argentina
Bosnia
Nigeria
Iran

Group G

Germany
Portugal
Ghana
USA

Group H

Belgium
Russia
Algeria
Korea Republic
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
28 June – Belo Horizonte
 Winner Group A
4 July – Fortaleza
 Runner-up Group B
 Winner Match 49
28 June – Rio de Janeiro
 Winner Match 50
 Winner Group C
8 July – Belo Horizonte
 Runner-up Group D
 Winner Match 57
30 June – Brasília
 Winner Match 58
 Winner Group E
4 July – Rio de Janeiro
 Runner-up Group F
 Winner Match 53
30 June – Porto Alegre
 Winner Match 54
 Winner Group G
13 July – Rio de Janeiro
 Runner-up Group H
 Winner Match 61
29 June – Fortaleza
 Winner Match 62
 Winner Group B
5 July – Salvador
 Runner-up Group A
 Winner Match 51
29 June – Recife
 Winner Match 52
 Winner Group D
9 July – São Paulo
 Runner-up Group C
 Winner Match 59
1 July – São Paulo
 Winner Match 60Third place
 Winner Group F
5 July – Brasília12 July – Brasília
 Runner-up Group E
 Winner Match 55 Loser Match 61
1 July – Salvador
 Winner Match 56 Loser Match 62
 Winner Group H
 Runner-up Group G

Graphic credit: Wikipedia.

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