The 2014 FIFA World Cup and traveling to Brazil

(Photo: Flickr / Alastair Rae)The Brazil squad line up before a friendly game against Portugal who won 2-0.

The FIFA World Cup is an international men's soccer - or football - tournament held every four years. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the tournament, and is scheduled in its host country of Brazil between June 12 to July 13, 2014.

This is Brazil's second time hosting the competition. They first hosted the competition back in 1950s.

Avid soccer fans around the world currently start planning their travel to Brazil, for the most awaited soccer event in four years. The championship will take place in 12 cities across Brazil, so fans should really look carefully into their trips to get themselves prepared for the games.

Many travelers crisscross the country during the world cup in order to follow their national team. There are groups that organize sports trips that will take you where the games are happening. It lessen the stress of travelling and consuming additional time for the planning.

Travel agencies offer a pre-set packages for the World Cup. The offer includes World Cup accommodation and airline tickets. This deal will give a better discount than getting everything on your own.

Some tourists opt to just watch parts of the tournament. There are some who prefer to pick a city or a particular part of the country to visit, and just watch a few games, rather than to go to all the games.

Brazil offers 147 new hotels during the World Cup championship. 64 matches will be played in twelve cities across Brazil, in either new or redeveloped stadiums, so it's best to plan your Brazil travel right away.

Brazil was elected unchallenged as host nation in 2007, after the International Federation of Association Football, FIFA, decreed that the tournament would be staged in South America for the first time since 1978 in Argentina, and the fifth time overall.

Brazil changes the game as, for the first time at any World Cup finals, the matches will use goal-line technology. Brazil, along with all world champion teams such as Uruguay, Italy, Germany, England, Argentina, France and Spain, have qualified for the 20th FIFA World Cup.

Spain is the defending champion, who defeated the Netherlands 1–0 in the 2010 World Cup final to win its first World Cup title.

The first World Cup championship took place in 1930.

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