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World Cup: stage is set
December 19 , 2013

The 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa came with the thrills, the ecstatic fans, the dance, the jaw-dropping dribbles, the memories and above all the honey-beebuzzing and deafening sound of the Vuvuzela. The Vuvuzela became a kind of monument at that particular competition and the whole world could not but notice how rich Africa is with culture, color and glamour. All that is now in the past as the attention of the whole world is being directed to the South American-continent-country, Brazil—host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The fans were offered a glimpse during the 2013 FIFA Confederation Cup and also during the final round of qualifiers. With the high expectation, fabulous form of players and the adequate preparation being put in place for the showdown, the stage is almost set for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Though it’s still six months away, preparations are already in top gear within the ranks of the teams that qualified for the competition. The various Football Associations, the Administrators and the players are not leaving any stone unturned in a desire to write their names in the annals of history when the competition officially flags off in 2014.

Following the round of qualifiers and play-offs, in which 200 countries battled each other for slots available at the global tournament, only 32 teams were successful in their quest to hoist their flag in Brazil. The round of qualifiers ended when Uruguay picked the last slot out of the six slots allotted to South America by defeating Jordan in a two-legged playoff showdown on September 20, 2013. At the end of it all, 32 teams were ably represented; from Europe came 13 countries, 6 nations were victorious from the continent of South America including the host Brazil, 5 teams are coming from the continent that hosted the last World cup, Africa; Asian Nations presented 4 teams and 4 also came from the North American nations.

Here’s the list of countries that made it to the 2014 FIFA World Cup: from Africa we have Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria. Teams from Asia are Australia, Iran, Japan and Korea Republic. The giants from Europe are Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain and Switzerland. 

North and Central America presented the following teams; Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and USA. And the host continent South America has Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Uruguay. 

For all football fans globally, June 12, 2014 will be the most expected day, as it’s the day the world’s most prestigious and biggest tournament, the World Cup, will kick-start. As the fans countdown, watch and analyze the chances of the 32 teams for the trophy, it does not matter the team that carry the cup, we just want to enjoy the best of football in the land of the Samba boys. See you in Rio.

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