The 2014 World Cup is to take place in Brazil, returning to the country for the first time since 1950. The tournament will be played in 12 host cities across Brazil starting on the 12th June 2014, culminating in the world cup final in the legendary Maracana stadium in Rio De Janeiro on the 13th July.
The 2014 World Cup will be the second held in Brazil and the qualifying tournament is already underway in some parts of the world, with a total of 888 games to be played from the beginning of the qualifiers to the final. Brazil are favourites at this early stage, but have the form to justify such a tag, having won the tournament no less than 5 times in the past, making them the most successful nation in World Cup history.
Conditions in Brazil are likely to give the home side another edge. The average temperature is expected to swing roughly 25 degrees from north to south and whilst FIFA are locating 2014 World Cup group matches to minimise the impact, the experience of playing in Brazil's wildly varying climate will go a long way for the hosts.
England's 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign begins in September 2012, and they find themselves in Qualifying Group H along with Montenegro, Ukraine, Poland, Moldova and San Marino. The first task for any new England boss should Fabio Capello's planned departure after Euro 2012 go ahead will be the potentially tricky visit of Ukraine.
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