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The twentieth FIFA World Cup Finals were awarded to Brazil on 30 October 2007.

 On 7 March 2003, FIFA announced that the tournament would be held in South America, in line with the policy of rotating the tournament amongst different confederations. On 3 June 2003, CONMEBOL announced that Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia each expressed interest to host the tournament. On 17 March 2004, the individual associations had voted unanimously to back Brazil.

Brazil formally declared its bid in December 2006, however, Colombia also declared a bid a few days later only to withdraw its bid on 11 April 2007, hosting the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup instead. Brazil won the right to host the event on 30 October 2007 unopposed.

The Draw

The final draw for the 2014 World Cup was held at Costa do Sauípe Resort, Mata de São João in Bahia on 6 December 2013.

Pot 1 (seeded) Pot 2 (Africa/Americas) Pot 3
Pot 4 (Europe)
Brazil Côte d'Ivoire Japan Bosnia & Herzegovina
Spain Ghana Iran Croatia
Argentina Algeria Korea Republic England
Belgium Nigeria Australia Greece
Colombia Cameroon United States Italy
Germany Chile Mexico Netherlands
Switzerland Ecuador Costa Rica Portugal
Uruguay   Honduras Russia

Prior to the main draw, one of the European teams from Pot 4 was drawn into Pot 2.


The Build-Up

1 June: England flew from Luton to their pre-tournament base in Miami. Two members of the standby list (John Stones and Jon Flanagan) travelled with the 23-man squad.

2 June: The squad's first training session, at Barry University, had to be cancelled because the ground was waterlogged. All of the outfield players had a light indoor session, instead, whilst the goalkeepers trained outside.

3 June: England trained at the Sun Life Stadium, where they would play Ecuador and Honduras in warm-up games.

4 June: Raheem Sterling was sent off in England's 2-2 draw with Ecuador for a dangerous challenge that provoked a violent reaction from Manchester United's Antonio Valencia, who also received the red card. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain went off with an injury in the second half.

"...an enjoyable afternoon in the heat and humidity of Miami...
Ross Barkley earned a decidedly mixed review from Roy Hodgson for a performance that showcased his raw talent...saying that Barkley "lost the ball an awful lot of times as well." - The Times

5 June: A scan revealed that Oxlade-Chamberlain had strained his medial knee ligament and he now faced an anxious few days to see if he would have to withdraw from the squad.

6 June: Raheem Sterling gave an inspired performance in training at Barry University, to redeem himself following his red card against Ecuador.

"...Hodgson maintained...that the Liverpool winger is in his thoughts for a starting role against Italy.
"His reaction to the red card has been excellent. He was unstoppable at times in training. Some of the things he did out there were breathtaking...
" - The Times

7 June: England's goalless draw with Honduras included a 43-minute hold-up due to a thunderstorm and featured some ferocious tackling from the Central Americans.

"That's something which we probably have learnt," Hodgson said. "The whole idea of playing Peru, Ecuador and Honduras was to show us something very different...I was very pleased with the way the players kept their discipline, kept their shape." - The Times

8 June: The squad flew to Rio de Janeiro, their base for the tournament, with Oxlade-Chamberlain, but without Stones and Flanagan.

9 June: England held their first training session at Forte de Urca and appeared to be preparing well for the hot and humid conditions that they would encounter in their opening game in Manaus.

10 June: Danny Welbeck picked up a thigh injury and missed half of the training session which ended with penalty practice where players had to aim for one of five holes in netting that covered the goal.

11 June: Welbeck missed training, as a precaution, whilst Oxlade-Chamberlain continued his rehabilitation in private, expecting to miss, at least, the first two games.

12 June: The squad flew to Manaus.

13 June: Roy Hodgson implied that he would not be naming Sterling and Barkley in the starting eleven against Italy:

"These are the players who don't have the baggage to carry with them, they are exciting talents with fantastic potential, but you have to be careful that we don't throw them into the lions' den too early and we have to be aware that the World Cup is a little bit special." [Sterling played for the full ninety minutes] - The Times


First Phase Table
Group G
Team P W D L F A GD Pts
Costa Rica 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7
Uruguay 3 2 0 1 4 4 =0 6
Italy 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 3
England 3 0 1 2 2 4 -2 1
14 June 2014
4.00pm BRT - Uruguay 1 Costa Rica 3 [1-0]
Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo, Fortaleza (58,679)
Cavani (pen)
Campbell, Duerte, Ureña
6.00pm AMT - England 1 Italy 2 [1-1]
Arena da Amazônia, Manaus (39,800) 236ft
Marchisio, Balotelli

"Pirlo's success was in controlling and dictating the rhythm of a game in which Italy were understandably concerned by the pace and movement of England's attack.
"...an unusually encouraging defeat...
"England's display was heartening primarily because it made such a change to see them going toe to toe with strong opposition." - The Times, 16 June 2014

"In many ways it was such a disappointing start for England, but in other ways it was one of the best performances from an England team for a very long time. They deserved a draw, without a doubt, but that clinical killer touch wasn't quite there. When these young lads learn that skill, this England team will go places, that is for certain." - Mike Payne, EnglandFootballOnline.com

19 June 2014 - 4:00pm BRT
Uruguay 2 England 1 [1-0]
Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo (62,575) 2,598ft
Suárez (2)
20 June 2014 - 1:00pm BRT
Italy 0 Costa Rica 1 [0-1]
Estádio Governador Carlos Wilson Campos, São Lourenço da Mata (40,285)

...this heightened sense of adventure has only succeeded, in the short term, in turning a functional team into a fragile one.
"...England have gone from being not good enough with the ball to not good enough without it.
"...lacked their opponents' resilience and assurance." - The Times, 20 June 2014

"The Uruguay striker's instincts, as much as his fitness, saw him move into the perfect position on each occasion, but the space he was afforded by an England side once more unnerved too easily was dreadful and dispiriting." - The Daily Express, 20 June 2014

"Maybe we should have been more experienced and gone for the draw." - Steven Gerrard

"It had to be him didn't it! The man we feared before this tournament began punished us with two clinical world class finishes from his only two chances." - Mike Payne, EnglandFootballOnline.com

24 June 2014 - both 1:00pm BRT
Italy 0 Uruguay 1 [0-0]
Complexo Arenas Das Dunas, Natal (39,706) 148ft
Costa Rica 0 England 0 [0-0]
Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, Minas Gerais (57,823) 2,624ft

"...England were the more assured team...
"On another day, Daniel Sturridge might have had a hat-trick.
"...Costa Rica allowed their levels to drop farther after half-time, apparently conserving their energies for the challenges that lie ahead..." - The Times, 25 June 2014

"A tortuous, tormented and terrible campaign slumped to the canvas in Belo Horizonte and refused to haul itself up..." - Daily Express, 25 June 2014

"...the match was as flat as the rest of the tournament had been for them." - Mike Payne, EnglandFootballOnline.com

"I think there is an interesting group of players here to work with...
"We will all sit down together before we start our next campaign to ask what did we learn from the World Cup, what did we learn about our players, what did we learn about the way we want to play?
"...if we made any glaring mistakes then what can we do to make sure we don't make them again?"
- Roy Hodgson

The Second Phase

28 June 2014 - all BRT
1:00pm - Brazil 1 Chile 1 [1-1]
AET [1-1] Penalties [3-2]

Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, Belo Horizonte (57,714)
Vargas OG
Alexis Sánchez
Penalty Shoot-out:- David Luiz 1-0, Pinilla saved, Willian missed, Alexis Sánchez saved, Marcelo 2-0, Aránguiz 2-1, Hulk saved, Díaz 2-2, Neymar 3-2, Jara post.
5:00pm - Colombia 2 Uruguay 0 [1-0]
Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Rio de Janeiro (73,804)
Rodríguez (2)
29 June 2014
1:00pm - Netherlands 2 Mexico 1 [0-0]
Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo, Fortaleza (58,817)
Sneijder, Huntelaar (pen)
dos Santos
5:00pm - Costa Rica 1 Greece 1 [0-0]
AET [1-1] Penalties
Estádio Governador Carlos Wilson Campos, São Lourenço da Mata (41,242)
Penalty Shoot-out:- Borges 1-0, Mitroglou 1-1, Ruiz 2-1, Christodoulopoulos 2-2, González 3-2, Holebas 3-3, Campbell 4-3, Gekas saved, Umaña 5-3.
30 June 2014
1:00pm - France 2 Nigeria 0 [0-0]
Estadio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília (67,882) 3,845ft
Pogba, Yobo OG
5:00pm - Germany 2 Algeria 1 [0-0] AET
Estádio José Pinheiro Borda, Porto Alegre (43,063)
 Schürrle, Özil
1 July 2014
1:00pm - Argentina 1 Switzerland 0 [0-0] AET
Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo (63,255)
Di María
5:00pm - Belgium 2 United States 1 [0-0] AET
Complexo Esportivo Cultural Professor Octávio Mangabeira, Nazaré (51,227)
De Brutne, Lukaku
Round of sixteen

Quarter Finals

4 July 2014 - all BRT
1:00pm - France 0 Germany 1 [0-1]
Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Rio de Janeiro (74,240)
5:00pm - Colombia 1 Brazil 2 [0-1]
Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo, Fortaleza (60,342)
Rodríguez (pen)
Thiago Silva, David Luiz
5 July 2014
1:00pm - Argentina 1 Belgium 0 [1-0]
Estadio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília (68,551)
5:00pm - Netherlands 0 Costa Rica 0 [0-0]
AET [0-0] Penalties [4-3]
Complexo Esportivo Cultural Professor Octávio Mangabeira, Nazaré (51,179)
Penalty Shoot-out:- Borges 0-1, van Persie 1-1, Ruiz saved, Robben 2-1, González 2-2, Sneijder 3-2, Bolaños 3-3, Kuijt 4-3, Umaña saved.

Semi Finals

8 July 2014 - both 5:00pm BRT
Brazil 1 Germany 7 [0-5]
Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, Belo Horizonte (58,141)
Müller, Klose, Krros, Khedira, Schürrle (2)
9 July 2014
Netherlands 0 Argentina 0 [0-0]
AET [0-0] Penalties
Arena de São Paulo, Itaquera (63,267)
Penalty Shoot-out:- Vlaar saved, Messi 0-1, Robben 1-1, Garay 1-2, Sneijder saved, Agüero 1-3, Kuijt 2-3, Rodríguez 2-4.


Third Place Play-off

12 July 2014 - 5:00pm BRT
Brazil 0 Netherlands 3 [0-2]
Estadio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília (68,034)
Van Persie (pen), Blind, Wijnaldum


The 2014 Final

13 July 2014 - 4:00pm BRT
Germany 1 Argentina 0 [0-0] AET [0-0]
Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Rio de Janeiro (74,738)