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Global football intelligence since 1960
6 From the Editor
10 The View from Brazil Tim Vickery looks forward
to Brazil 2014 and back to Brazil 1950
14 Ofﬁcials A list of all the referees and assistant
referees ofﬁciating in Brazil
16 Contributors The global contributors behind
this special issue of World Soccer
18 The stadiums A guide to the 12 stadiums that
will host this year’s tournament
154 The games The 2014 World Cup schedule,
group by group, match by match
England hope...Wayne Rooney
World Soccer’s guide to the 32 ﬁnalists, with opinions and predictions from our
global network of correspondents, plus detailed squad lists and tactics.
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WORLD CUP 2014
FROM THE EDITOR
For all its problems, Brazil 2014 offers a stage
for the great players to leave a lasting legacy
HE BUILD-UP to the World Cup is always accompanied
by concerns over whether the hosts will be ready in time.
But preparations for Brazil 2014 have been particularly
fraught. After South Africa 2010, FIFA has convinced
itself and its sponsors that the World Cup can be held anywhere,
in any conditions, as long as the TV companies can provide an
exciting spectacle for their viewers.
In that respect Brazil 2014 will be like every other World Cup
of the modern era.
accommodation, travel and
We can only hope
infrastructure will be placed
on hold - and the football
that the players
will take centre stage.
can overcome their
I suspect that worries
over the climactic
fear of failure
conditions in Brazil,
– and earn a place
expressed by coaches,
mostly European, will turn
in World Cup
out to be less than valid.
Most of the potential stars
of this tournament –
Neymar, Lionel Messi, Luis
Suarez, Alexis Sanchez are non-European and will not be deterred by such
problems. It should be our overriding hope that the players can
provide a spectacle that will be remembered for years to come.
The coaches need to play their part, though, and
unfortunately there will be many who will be motivated by
caution. Success on the greatest stage of all has, if past ﬁ nals
are anything to go by, prompted cautious and often negative
tactics. We can only hope that the players can overcome that
fear of failure and earn a place in history.
We have endeavoured to provide you with all the essential
information you will need to follow the World Cup. We went to
press before the ofﬁ cial 23-man squads were announced. So
we will be providing an update in our next issue and, in an
exciting development, we will be providing a digital update on
the iPad for our digital subscribers. Enjoy the World Cup!
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