Sao Paulo, June 12, 2014: The world’s most popular sporting event kicks off on June 12 night with host Brazil taking on Croatia at Sao Paulo. Brazil, traditional power house of soccer and five-time winner of the once-in-four-year event, is said to be one of the favourites in this edition of the world’s most ‘beautiful game’.
The game returns to this football crazy country after a gap of 64 years.
The tournament has its share of controversy, the soccer celebration is in danger by external issues as a growing row surrounding FIFA over alleged vote-buying for the 2022 World Cup and anger over domestic political corruption throughout Brazil.
The gloom has increased from what was seen when Brazil was selected as host nation in 2007. If at all any country is capable to of a feat of spiritual transformation through football it is Brazil. Billions of people around the world will tune in as eagerly as ever once the action begins. The hosts are favourites to clinch a record sixth World Cup crown on July 13 final at Rio’s Maracana stadium.
A festival of football would be a testament to the power of soccer if the sport shrugs off the unseemly hype covering the tournament. Brazil will be confident of providing the perfect fillip when they open the World Cup with a Group A clash against an equally brilliant Croatia in Sao Paulo. The reputed Germans have their minds set to make history for themselves. Sports buffs be set for a months super spell.