FIFA World Cup 2014 from June 12

By: Rashid Ali Siddiqui, Karachi – Pakistan, June 03, 2014: FIFA World Cup 2014 will start from June 12 through July 13 with action-packed matches thrilling the spectators. Brazil and Croatia will participate in the opening match at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo on 12 June.

Germany will become the first team to reach 100 World Cup matches when they face Portugal five days later. Final will be played in Rio de Janeiro on 13 July to mark the month-long extravaganza.

Titles winners are Brazil 5 times, Italy 4 times, Germany, Argentina & Uruguay 2, 2 times, France, England & Spain 1-1 time each.

Following are groups:

Group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon
Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia
Group C: Colombia, Greece, Côte d’Ivoire, Japan
Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy
Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
Group F: Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria
Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA
Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, Korea Republic.
Winners of World Cup since its inception in 1930:

S. No Year Hosts Winners Finals
1 2010 South Africa Spain Spain 1-0 Netherlands
2 2006 Germany Italy Italy 1-1 (5-3) France
3 2002 Japan / S. Korea Brazil Brazil 2-0 Germany
4 1998 France France France 3-0 Brazil
5 1994 US Brazil Brazil 3-2 Italy
6 1990 Italy Germany Germany 1-0 Argentina
7 1986 Mexico Argentina Argentina 3-2 Germany
8 1982 Spain Italy Italy 3-1 Germany
9 1978 Argentina Argentina Argentina 3-1 Holland
10 1974 Germany Germany Germany 2-1 Holland
11 1970 Mexico Brazil Brazil 4-1 Italy
12 1966 England England England 4-2 Germany
13 1962 Chile Brazil Brazil 3-1 Czechoslovakia
14 1958 Sweden Brazil Brazil 5-2 Sweden
15 1954 Switzerland Germany Germany 3-2 Hungary
16 1950 Brazil Uruguay Uruguay 2-1 Brazil
17 1946 not held
18 1942 not held
19 1938 France Italy Italy 4-2 Hungary
20 1934 Italy Italy Italy 2-1 Czechoslovakia
21 1930 Uruguay Uruguay Uruguay 4-2 Argentina
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