2014 FIFA World Cup

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2014 FIFA World Cup
Copa do Mundo da FIFA
Brasil 2014 [nb 1]
2014 FIFA World Cup.svg
2014 FIFA World Cup official logo
Juntos num só ritmo
(Together in one rhythm)
Tournament details
Host countryBrazil
Dates12 June – 13 July
Teams32 (from 5 confederations)
Venue(s)12 (in 12 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Germany.svg  Germany (4th title)
Runners-upFlag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Third placeFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Fourth placeFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Tournament statistics
Matches played64
Goals scored171 (2.67 per match)
Attendance3,429,873 (53,592 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Colombia.svg James Rodríguez
(6 goals) [1]
Best player(s) Flag of Argentina.svg Lionel Messi [2]
Best young player Flag of France.svg Paul Pogba [3]
Best goalkeeper Flag of Germany.svg Manuel Neuer [4]
Fair play awardFlag of Colombia.svg  Colombia [5]

The 2014 FIFA World Cup was the 20th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men's national football teams organised by FIFA. It took place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014, after the country was awarded the hosting rights in 2007. It was the second time that Brazil staged the competition, the first being in 1950, and the fifth time that it was held in South America.

FIFA World Cup association football competition for mens national teams

The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champion is France, which won its second title at the 2018 tournament in Russia.

Association football team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.

Brazil Federal republic in South America

Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers and with over 208 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the fifth most populous. Brazil borders every South American country except Chile and Ecuador. Its capital is Brasília, and its most populated city is São Paulo. The federation is composed of the union of the 26 states, the Federal District, and the 5,570 municipalities. It is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language and the only one in the Americas; it is also one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations, due to over a century of mass immigration from around the world.


Thirty-one national teams advanced through qualification competitions to join the host nation in the final tournament (with Bosnia and Herzegovina as only debutant). A total of 64 matches were played in 12 venues located in as many host cities across Brazil. For the first time at a World Cup finals, match officials used goal-line technology, as well as vanishing spray for free kicks. [6] FIFA Fan Fests in each host city gathered a total of 5 million people, and the country received 1 million visitors from 202 countries. [7] Every World Cup-winning team since the first tournament in 1930Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Uruguay – qualified for this tournament. Spain, the title holders, were eliminated at the group stage, along with England and Italy. Uruguay were eliminated in the round of 16, and France exited in the quarter-finals. Host nation Brazil, who had won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, lost to Germany 7–1 in the semi-finals and eventually finished in fourth place.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification was a series of tournaments organised by the six FIFA confederations. The 2014 FIFA World Cup featured 32 teams, with one place reserved for the host nation, Brazil. The remaining 31 places were determined by a qualification process, in which the other 207 teams, from the six FIFA confederations, competed. Most of the successful teams were determined within these confederations, with a limited number of inter-confederation play-offs occurring at the end of the process.

Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team mens national association football team representing Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team represents Bosnia and Herzegovina in association football and is governed by the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Until 1992, Bosnian footballers played for Yugoslavia.

Goal-line technology electronic aid to determine if a goal has been scored or not

In association football, goal-line technology is the use of electronic aid to determine if a goal has been scored or not. In detail, it is a method used to determine when the ball has completely crossed the goal line in between the goal-posts and underneath the crossbar with the assistance of electronic devices and at the same time assisting the referee in awarding a goal or not. The objective of goal-line technology (GLT) is not to replace the role of the officials, but rather to support them in their decision-making. The GLT must provide a clear indication as to whether the ball has fully crossed the line, and this information will serve to assist the referee in making his final decision.

In the final, Germany defeated Argentina 1–0 to win the tournament and secure the country's fourth world title, the first after the German reunification in 1990, when as West Germany they also beat Argentina in the World Cup final. Germany became the first European team to win a World Cup staged in the Americas, [8] and this result marked the third consecutive title won by a European team, after Italy in 2006 and Spain in 2010. [9] [10]

2014 FIFA World Cup Final final game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Final was a football match that took place on 13 July 2014 at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to determine the 2014 FIFA World Cup champion. Germany defeated Argentina 1–0 in extra time, with the only goal being scored by Mario Götze, who collected André Schürrle's cross from the left on his chest before volleying a high left-footed shot into the net. The match was the third final between the two countries, a World Cup record, after their 1986 and 1990 matches, and billed as the world's best player versus the world's best team (Germany).

German reunification process in 1990 in which East and West Germany once again became one country

The German reunification was the process in 1990 in which the German Democratic Republic became part of the Federal Republic of Germany to form the reunited nation of Germany, and when Berlin reunited into a single city, as provided by its then Grundgesetz (constitution) Article 23. The end of the unification process is officially referred to as German unity, celebrated on 3 October. Following German reunification, Berlin was once again designated as the capital of united Germany.

1990 FIFA World Cup Final

The 1990 FIFA World Cup Final was a football match played between West Germany and Argentina to determine the winner of the 1990 FIFA World Cup. The game took place on 8 July 1990 at the Stadio Olimpico in Italy's capital and largest city, Rome, and was won 1–0 by West Germany, with a late penalty kick taken by Andreas Brehme being the game's only goal.

Host selection

Announcing of Brazil as hosts, 2007 Joseph Blatter - World Cup 2014.jpg
Announcing of Brazil as hosts, 2007

In March 2003, FIFA announced that the tournament would be held in South America for the first time since 1978, in line with its then-active policy of rotating the right to host the World Cup among different confederations. [11] [12] With the 2010 FIFA World Cup hosted in South Africa, it would be the second consecutive World Cup outside Europe, which was a first for the tournament. It was also second in the Southern Hemisphere. [13] Only Brazil and Colombia formally declared their candidacy but, after the withdrawal of the latter from the process, [14] Brazil was officially elected as host nation unopposed on 30 October 2007. [15]

1978 FIFA World Cup 1978 edition of the FIFA World Cup

The 1978 FIFA World Cup, the 11th staging of the FIFA World Cup, quadrennial international football world championship tournament, was held in Argentina between 1 and 25 June.

2010 FIFA World Cup 19th FIFA World Cup, held in South Africa in 2010

The 2010 FIFA World Cup was the 19th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. The bidding process for hosting the tournament finals was open only to African nations. In 2004, the international football federation, FIFA, selected South Africa over Egypt and Morocco to become the first African nation to host the finals.

Participating teams and officials


Following qualification matches played between June 2011 and November 2013, the following 32 teams – shown with their last pre-tournament FIFA world ranking [16] – qualified for the final tournament. Twenty-four of these teams were returning participants from the 2010 World Cup. Bosnia and Herzegovina were the only team with no previous appearance at the World Cup finals. [nb 2] [17] Colombia qualified for the World Cup after 16 years of absence, while the 2018 World Cup hosts Russia and Belgium returned after 12 years. Paraguay failed to qualify for the first time since 1994. This was also the first World Cup for 32 years that did not feature a representative from the Nordic countries. The highest ranked team not to qualify was Ukraine (ranked 16th), while the lowest ranked team that did qualify was Australia (ranked 62nd). [16]

FIFA World Rankings world ranking list

The FIFA World Ranking is a ranking system for men's national teams in association football, currently led by Belgium. The teams of the member nations of FIFA, football's world governing body, are ranked based on their game results with the most successful teams being ranked highest. The rankings were introduced in December 1992, and eight teams have held the top position, of which Brazil have spent the longest ranked first.

Colombia national football team mens national football team representing Colombia

The Colombia national football team represents Colombia in international football competitions and is overseen by the Colombian Football Federation. It is a member of the CONMEBOL and is currently ranked 12th in the FIFA World Rankings. The team are nicknamed Los Cafeteros due to the coffee production in their country.

1998 FIFA World Cup 16th FIFA World Cup, held in France in 1998

The 1998 FIFA World Cup was the 16th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. It was held in France from 10 June to 12 July 1998. The country was chosen as the host nation by FIFA for the second time in the history of the tournament, defeating Morocco in the bidding process. It was the second time that France staged the competition and the ninth time that it was held in Europe.

Final draw

The 32 participating teams were drawn into eight groups. In preparation for this, the teams were organised into four pots with the seven highest-ranked teams joining host nation Brazil in the seeded pot. [18] As with the previous tournaments, FIFA aimed to create groups which maximised geographic separation and therefore the unseeded teams were arranged into pots based on geographic considerations. [19] [20] The draw took place on 6 December 2013 at the Costa do Sauípe resort in Bahia, during which the teams were drawn by various past World Cup-winning players. [21] [22] Under the draw procedure, one randomly drawn team – Italy – was firstly relocated from Pot 4 to Pot 2 to create four equal pots of eight teams. [19]


In March 2013, FIFA published a list of 52 prospective referees, each paired, on the basis of nationality, with two assistant referees, from all six football confederations for the tournament. On 14 January 2014, the FIFA Referees Committee appointed 25 referee trios and eight support duos representing 43 countries for the tournament. [23] [24] Yuichi Nishimura from Japan acted as referee in the opening match whereas Nicola Rizzoli from Italy acted as referee in the final. [25] [26]


As with the 2010 tournament, each team's squad consists of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers). Each participating national association had to confirm their final 23-player squad no later than 10 days before the start of the tournament. [27] Teams were permitted to make late replacements in the event of serious injury, at any time up to 24 hours before their first game. [27] During a match, all remaining squad members not named in the starting team are available to be one of the three permitted substitutions (provided the player is not serving a suspension). [27]


12 venues (seven new and five renovated) in twelve cities were selected for the tournament. The venues covered all the main regions of Brazil and created more evenly distributed hosting than the 1950 finals in Brazil. [28] Consequently, the tournament required long-distance travel for teams. [29] During the World Cup, Brazilian cities were also home to the participating teams at 32 separate base camps, [30] as well as staging official fan fests where supporters could view the games. [31]

The most used stadiums were the Maracana and Brasilia, which hosted seven matches each. The least-used venues were in Cuiaba, Manaus, Natal and Curitiba, which hosted four matches each; as the four smallest stadiums in use at the tournament, they did not host any knockout round matches. [32]

Rio de Janeiro Brasília São Paulo Fortaleza
Estádio do Maracanã Estádio Nacional Arena de São Paulo Estádio Castelão
Capacity: 74,738 [32] Capacity: 69,432 [32] Capacity: 63,321 [32] Capacity: 60,348 [32]
Maracana 2014 e.jpg Brasilia Stadium - June 2013.jpg ARENA CORINTHIANS.jpg Fortaleza Arena on March 2014..jpg
Belo Horizonte Salvador
Estádio Mineirão Arena Fonte Nova
Capacity: 58,259 [32] Capacity: 51,708 [32]
Mineirao Aerea.jpg Aerea Fontenova.jpg
Porto Alegre Recife [nb 3]
Estádio Beira-Rio Arena Pernambuco
Capacity: 43,394 [32] Capacity: 42,583 [32]
Vista Aerea Beira-Rio.jpg Recife aerea arenapernambuco.jpg
Cuiabá Manaus Natal Curitiba
Arena Pantanal Arena da Amazônia Arena das Dunas Arena da Baixada
Capacity: 41,112 [32] Capacity: 40,549 [32] Capacity: 39,971 [32] Capacity: 39,631 [32]
Cuiaba Arena.jpg Arena da Amazonia (Aerial View).jpg Natal, Brazil - Arena das Dunas.jpg Arenadabaixada2.jpg

Team base camps

Base camps were used by the 32 national squads to stay and train before and during the World Cup tournament. On 31 January 2014, FIFA announced the base camps for each participating team, [30] having earlier circulated a brochure of 84 prospective locations. [33] Most teams opted to stay in the Southeast Region of Brazil, with only eight teams choosing other regions; five teams (Croatia, Germany, Ghana, Greece and Switzerland) opted to stay in the Northeast Region and three teams (Ecuador, South Korea and Spain) opted to stay in the South Region. None opted to stay in the North Region or the Central-West Region. [34]

Brazilian football fans at the FIFA Fan Fest in Brasilia. Fan fest Brasilia.jpg
Brazilian football fans at the FIFA Fan Fest in Brasília.

FIFA Fan Fests

For a third consecutive World Cup tournament, FIFA staged FIFA Fan Fests in each of the 12 host cities throughout the competition. Prominent examples were the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, which already held a Fan Fest in 2010, and São Paulo's Vale do Anhangabaú. [35] [36] The first official event took place on Iracema Beach, in Fortaleza, on 8 June 2014. [37]



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Adidas Brazuca

To avoid ghost goals the 2014 World Cup introduced goal-line technology following successful trials at among others 2013 Confederations Cup. The chosen Goal Control system featured 14 high speed cameras, 7 directed to each of the goals. Data were sent to the central image-processing centre, where a virtual representation of the ball was output on a widescreen to confirm the goal. The referee was equipped with a watch which vibrated and displayed a signal upon a goal. [38] [39] [40] France's second goal in their group game against Honduras was the first time goal-line technology was needed to confirm that a goal should be given. [41]

Following successful trials, [nb 4] FIFA approved the use of vanishing spray by the referees for the first time at a World Cup Finals. The water-based spray, which disappears within minutes of application, can be used to mark a ten-yard line for the defending team during a free kick and also to draw where the ball is to be placed for a free kick. [42]

The Adidas Brazuca was the official match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup [43] [44] [45] [46] and was supplied by Forward Sports of Sialkot, Pakistan. [43] Adidas created a new design of ball after criticisms of the Adidas Jabulani used in the previous World Cup. The number of panels was reduced to six, with the panels being thermally bonded. This created a ball with increased consistency and aerodynamics compared to its predecessor. Furthermore, Adidas underwent an extensive testing process lasting more than two years to produce a ball that would meet the approval of football professionals.

Cooling breaks

Because of the relatively high ambient temperatures in Brazil, particularly at the northern venues, cooling breaks for the players were introduced. [47] Breaks could take place at the referee's discretion after the 30th minute of each half if the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature exceeded 32 °C (90 °F).

The first cooling break in World Cup play took place during the 32nd minute of the match between the Netherlands and Mexico in the round of 16. [48] [49] [50] [51] At the start of the match, FIFA listed the temperature at 32 °C (90 °F) with 68% humidity. [52]


The biological passport was introduced in the FIFA World Cup starting in 2014. Blood and urine samples from all players before the competition, and from two players per team per match, are analysed by the Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses. [53] FIFA reported that 91.5% of the players taking part in the tournament were tested before the start of the competition and none tested positive. [54] However, FIFA was criticised for how it conducted doping tests. [55] [56]


The first round, or group stage, was a competition between the 32 teams divided among eight groups of four, where each group engaged in a round-robin tournament within itself. The two highest ranked teams in each group advanced to the knockout stage. [27] Teams were awarded three points for a win and one for a draw. When comparing teams in a group over-all result came before head-to-head.

In the knockout stage there were four rounds (round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final), with each eliminating the losers. The two semi-final losers competed in a third place play-off. For any match in the knockout stage, a draw after 90 minutes of regulation time was followed by two 15 minute periods of extra time to determine a winner. If the teams were still tied, a penalty shoot-out was held to determine a winner. [27]

The match schedule was announced on 20 October 2011 [57] with the kick-off times being confirmed on 27 September 2012; [58] after the final draw, the kick-off times of seven matches were adjusted by FIFA. [59] The competition was organised so that teams that played each other in the group stage could not meet again during the knockout phase until the final (or the 3rd place match). [27] The group stage began on 12 June, with the host nation competing in the opening game as has been the format since the 2006 tournament. The opening game was preceded by an opening ceremony that began at 15:15 local time. [60]

Opening ceremony

From left to right: Claudia Leitte, Pitbull, and Jennifer Lopez performing at the opening ceremony at the Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo. The opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 2014 10.jpg
From left to right: Claudia Leitte, Pitbull, and Jennifer Lopez performing at the opening ceremony at the Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo.

On 12 June 2014, the 20th addition of the FIFA World Cup got underway with the opening ceremony at Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. The event saw 660 dancers take to the stadium and perform in a ceremony which celebrated the nature of the country and its love of football. Following the dancers native singer Claudia Leitte emerged on cetre stage to perform to the crowd. She was later joined by Cuban, American rapper Pitbull, and American singer Jennifer Lopez to perform the tournament's official song "We Are One (Ole Ola)" which saw official single release on 8 April 2014. Following the ceremony the opening match was played which saw the hosts come from behind to beat Croatia 3-1. [61] [62] [63]

Group stage

The group stage of the cup took place in Brazil from 12 June 2014 to 26 June 2014: each team played three games. The group stage was notable for a scarcity of draws and a large number of goals. The first drawn (and goalless) match did not occur until the 13th match of the tournament, between Iran and Nigeria: a drought longer than any World Cup since 1930. [64] The group stage produced a total of 136 goals (an average of 2.83 goals per match), nine fewer than were scored during the entire 2010 tournament. [65] This is the largest number of goals in the group stage since the 32-team system was implemented in 1998 [66] and the largest average in a group stage since 1958. [67] World Cup holders Spain were eliminated after only two games, the quickest exit for the defending champions since Italy's from the 1950 tournament. [68] Spain also became the fourth nation to be eliminated in the first round while holding the World Cup crown, the first one being Italy in 1950 (and again in 2010), the second Brazil in 1966, and the third France in 2002. [69]

Group A

1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil (H)321072+57Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 321041+37
3Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 31026603
4Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 30031980
Source: FIFA
(H) Host.
Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg3–1Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia
Attendance: 62,103
Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svg1–0Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon
Attendance: 39,216

Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg0–0Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
Attendance: 60,342
Cameroon  Flag of Cameroon.svg0–4Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia
Attendance: 39,982

Cameroon  Flag of Cameroon.svg1–4Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Croatia  Flag of Croatia.svg1–3Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico

Group B

1Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 3300103+79Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 320153+26
3Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 31024733
4Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 30033960
Source: FIFA
Spain  Flag of Spain.svg1–5Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Chile  Flag of Chile.svg3–1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Attendance: 40,275

Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg2–3Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Spain  Flag of Spain.svg0–2Flag of Chile.svg  Chile

Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg0–3Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Attendance: 39,375
Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg2–0Flag of Chile.svg  Chile
Attendance: 62,996

Group C

1Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 330092+79Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 31112424
3Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast 31024513
4Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 30122641
Source: FIFA
Colombia  Flag of Colombia.svg3–0Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
Ivory Coast  Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg2–1Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Attendance: 40,267

Colombia  Flag of Colombia.svg2–1Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast
Japan  Flag of Japan.svg0–0Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
Attendance: 39,485

Japan  Flag of Japan.svg1–4Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia
Attendance: 40,340
Greece  Flag of Greece.svg2–1Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast
Attendance: 59,095
Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)

Group D

1Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 321041+37Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 32014406
3Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 31022313
4Flag of England.svg  England 30122421
Source: FIFA
Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svg1–3Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica
Attendance: 58,679
England  Flag of England.svg1–2Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Attendance: 39,800

Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svg2–1Flag of England.svg  England
Italy  Flag of Italy.svg0–1Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica
Attendance: 40,285
Referee: Enrique Osses (Chile)

Italy  Flag of Italy.svg0–1Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay
Attendance: 39,706
Costa Rica  Flag of Costa Rica.svg0–0Flag of England.svg  England

Group E

1Flag of France.svg  France 321082+67Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 320176+16
3Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador 31113304
4Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras 30031870
Source: FIFA
Switzerland   Flag of Switzerland.svg2–1Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador
France  Flag of France.svg3–0Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras
Attendance: 43,012

Switzerland   Flag of Switzerland.svg2–5Flag of France.svg  France
Honduras  Flag of Honduras.svg1–2Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador
Attendance: 39,224

Honduras  Flag of Honduras.svg0–3Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
Attendance: 40,322
Ecuador  Flag of Ecuador.svg0–0Flag of France.svg  France

Group F

1Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 330063+39Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 31113304
3Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 31024403
4Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 30121431
Source: FIFA
Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg2–1Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Iran  Flag of Iran.svg0–0Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria
Attendance: 39,081
Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)

Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg1–0Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
Nigeria  Flag of Nigeria.svg1–0Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Attendance: 40,499

Nigeria  Flag of Nigeria.svg2–3Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Attendance: 43,285
Bosnia and Herzegovina  Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg3–1Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
Džeko Soccerball shade.svg 23'
Pjanić Soccerball shade.svg 59'
Vršajević Soccerball shade.svg 83'
Report Ghoochannejhad Soccerball shade.svg 82'

Group G

1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 321072+57Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of the United States.svg  United States 31114404
3Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 31114734
4Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 30124621
Source: FIFA
Germany  Flag of Germany.svg4–0Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
Ghana  Flag of Ghana.svg1–2Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Attendance: 39,760

Germany  Flag of Germany.svg2–2Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana
Attendance: 59,621
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
United States  Flag of the United States.svg2–2Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
Attendance: 40,123

United States  Flag of the United States.svg0–1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Portugal  Flag of Portugal.svg2–1Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana

Group H

1Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 330041+39Advance to knockout stage
2Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 311165+14
3Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 30212312
4Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 30123631
Source: FIFA
Belgium  Flag of Belgium (civil).svg2–1Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria
Russia  Flag of Russia.svg1–1Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
Attendance: 37,603

Belgium  Flag of Belgium (civil).svg1–0Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
South Korea  Flag of South Korea.svg2–4Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria

South Korea  Flag of South Korea.svg0–1Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Attendance: 61,397
Algeria  Flag of Algeria.svg1–1Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Attendance: 39,311

Knockout stage

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
28 June – Belo Horizonte
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil (pen.) 1 (3)
4 July – Fortaleza
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 1 (2)
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2
28 June – Rio de Janeiro
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 1
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 2
8 JulyBelo Horizonte
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 0
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1
30 June – Brasília
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 7
Flag of France.svg  France 2
4 July – Rio de Janeiro
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 0
Flag of France.svg  France 0
30 June – Porto Alegre
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany (a.e.t.)2
13 JulyRio de Janeiro
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 1
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany (a.e.t.)1
29 June – Fortaleza
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 0
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 2
5 July – Salvador
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 1
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands (pen.)0 (4)
29 June – Recife
Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 0 (3)
Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica (pen.)1 (5)
9 July – São Paulo
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 1 (3)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 0 (2)
1 July – São Paulo
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina (pen.)0 (4) Third place
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina (a.e.t.)1
5 July – Brasília 12 July – Brasília
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 0
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 0
1 July – Salvador
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 0 Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 3
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium (a.e.t.)2
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1

Scores after extra time are indicated by (aet), and penalty shoot-outs are indicated by (pen.).

Round of 16

For the first time since the introduction of a round of 16 after the group stage in 1986, all the group winners advanced into the quarter-finals. [75] They included four teams from UEFA, three from CONMEBOL, and one from CONCACAF. Of the eight matches, five required extra-time, and two of these required penalty shoot-outs; this was the first time penalty shoot-outs occurred in more than one game in a round of 16. [nb 5] The goal average per game in the round of 16 was 2.25, a drop of 0.58 goals per game from the group stage. [76] The eight teams to win in the round of 16 included four former champions (Brazil, Germany, Argentina and France), a three-time runner-up (Netherlands), and two first-time quarter-finalists (Colombia and Costa Rica). [77] [78] Belgium reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 1986. [79]

All times listed below are at local time (UTC−3)

Colombia  Flag of Colombia.svg2–0Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay

Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg2–1Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
Attendance: 58,817

France  Flag of France.svg2–0Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria

Germany  Flag of Germany.svg2–1 (a.e.t.)Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria
Attendance: 43,063
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)

Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg1–0 (a.e.t.)Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
Attendance: 63,255

Belgium  Flag of Belgium (civil).svg2–1 (a.e.t.)Flag of the United States.svg  United States


With a 1–0 victory over France, Germany set a World Cup record with four consecutive semi-final appearances. Brazil beat Colombia 2–1, but Brazil's Neymar was injured and missed the rest of the competition. Argentina reached the final four for the first time since 1990 after a 1–0 win over Belgium. The Netherlands reached the semi-finals for the second consecutive tournament, after overcoming Costa Rica in a penalty shoot-out following a 0–0 draw at the end of extra time.

France  Flag of France.svg0–1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany

Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg2–1Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia

Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg1–0Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium


Germany qualified for the final for the eighth time with a historic 7–1 win over Brazil – the biggest defeat in Brazilian football since 1920. Miroslav Klose's goal in this match was his 16th throughout all World Cups, breaking the record he had previously shared with Ronaldo. [80] Klose set another record by becoming the first player to appear in four World Cup semi-finals. [81] Argentina reached their first final since 1990, and the fifth overall after overcoming the Netherlands in a penalty shoot-out following a 0–0 draw at the end of extra time.

Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg1–7Flag of Germany.svg  Germany

Third place play-off

The Netherlands defeated Brazil 3–0 to secure third place, the first for the Dutch team in their history. Overall, Brazil conceded 14 goals in the tournament; this was the most by a team at any single World Cup since 1986, and the most by a host nation in history, although their fourth-place finish still represented Brazil's best result in a World Cup since their last win in 2002. [82]

Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg0–3Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands


The final featured Germany against Argentina for a record third time after 1986 and 1990.

Germany  Flag of Germany.svg1–0 (a.e.t.)Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina

This marked the first time that teams from the same continent had won three consecutive World Cups (following Italy in 2006 and Spain in 2010). It was also the first time that a European nation had won the World Cup in the Americas. On aggregate Europe then had 11 victories, compared to South America's 9 victories.



In total, 171 goals were scored by a record 121 players, with five credited as own goals. Goals scored from penalty shoot-outs are not counted. James Rodríguez was awarded the Golden Boot for scoring six goals, the first time that a Colombian player received the award.

6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

Source: FIFA [83]


The most notable disciplinary case was that of Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez, who was suspended for nine international matches and banned from taking part in any football-related activity (including entering any stadium) for four months, following a biting incident on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. He was also fined CHF100,000. [84] [85] [86] After an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Suárez was later allowed to participate in training and friendly matches with new club Barcelona. [87]


The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament: [88] [89]

AwardWinnerOther nominees
Golden Ball

Gold medal icon.svg Flag of Argentina.svg Lionel Messi
Silver medal icon.svg Flag of Germany.svg Thomas Müller
Bronze medal icon.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Arjen Robben

Flag of Argentina.svg Ángel Di María
Flag of Colombia.svg James Rodríguez
Flag of Argentina.svg Javier Mascherano
Flag of Germany.svg Mats Hummels
Flag of Brazil.svg Neymar
Flag of Germany.svg Philipp Lahm
Flag of Germany.svg Toni Kroos [90]

Golden Boot

Gold medal icon.svg Flag of Colombia.svg James Rodríguez (6 goals, 2 assists)
Silver medal icon.svg Flag of Germany.svg Thomas Müller (5 goals, 3 assists)
Bronze medal icon.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Neymar (4 goals, 1 assist) [91]

Golden Glove

Flag of Germany.svg Manuel Neuer

Flag of Costa Rica.svg Keylor Navas
Flag of Argentina.svg Sergio Romero [92]

Best Young Player

Flag of France.svg Paul Pogba

Flag of the Netherlands.svg Memphis Depay
Flag of France.svg Raphaël Varane [93]

FIFA Fair Play Trophy

Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia

Technical Study Group

The members of the Technical Study Group, the committee that decided which players won the awards, were led by FIFA's head of the Technical Division Jean-Paul Brigger and featured: [94]

There were changes to the voting procedure for awards for the 2014 edition: while in 2010 accredited media were allowed to vote for the Golden Ball award, [95] in 2014 only the Technical Study Group could select the outcome. [96]

Dream Team

As was the case during the 2010 edition, FIFA did not release an official All-Star Team, but instead invited users of FIFA.com to elect their Dream Team. [97] [98]


Flag of Germany.svg Manuel Neuer (Germany)

Flag of Brazil.svg Marcelo (Brazil)
Flag of Germany.svg Mats Hummels (Germany)
Flag of Brazil.svg Thiago Silva (Brazil)
Flag of Brazil.svg David Luiz (Brazil)

Flag of Argentina.svg Ángel Di María (Argentina)
Flag of Germany.svg Toni Kroos (Germany)
Flag of Colombia.svg James Rodríguez (Colombia)

Flag of Brazil.svg Neymar (Brazil)
Flag of Argentina.svg Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Flag of Germany.svg Thomas Müller (Germany)

Flag of Germany.svg Joachim Löw (Germany)

Castrol, the official sponsor of the tournament, released a team of the tournament based on their Castrol Performance Index, which evaluates player performances through statistical data. The team consisted of the players leading each position, with midfielder Toni Kroos ranked as the overall leader. [99] Lionel Messi, the Golden Ball recipient, finished fifth among forwards and was thus not included in the team. [100]


Flag of Germany.svg Manuel Neuer (Germany)

Flag of Argentina.svg Marcos Rojo (Argentina)
Flag of Germany.svg Mats Hummels (Germany)
Flag of Brazil.svg Thiago Silva (Brazil)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Stefan de Vrij (Netherlands)

Flag of Brazil.svg Oscar (Brazil)
Flag of Germany.svg Toni Kroos (Germany)
Flag of Germany.svg Philipp Lahm (Germany)
Flag of Colombia.svg James Rodríguez (Colombia)

Flag of the Netherlands.svg Arjen Robben (Netherlands)
Flag of Germany.svg Thomas Müller (Germany)

Prize money

The total prize money on offer for the tournament was confirmed by FIFA as US$576 million (including payments of $70 million to domestic clubs and $100 million as player insurances), a 37 percent increase from the amount allocated in the 2010 tournament. Before the tournament, each of the 32 entrants received $1.5 million for preparation costs. At the tournament, the prize money was distributed as follows: [101]

Final standings

Per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws. [102]

Result of countries participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Third place
Fourth place
Round of 16
Group stage 2014 FIFA World Cup Map.svg
Result of countries participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany G 761019184+14
2Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina F 75111684+4
3Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands B 752017154+11
4Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil A 7322111114-3
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia C 540112124+8
6Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium H 54011263+3
7Flag of France.svg  France E 531110103+7
8Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica D 5230952+3
Eliminated in the round of 16
9Flag of Chile.svg  Chile B 4211764+2
10Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico A 4211753+2
11Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland E 42026770
12Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay D 4202646-2
13Flag of Greece.svg  Greece C 4121535-2
14Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria H 41124770
15Flag of the United States.svg  United States G 4112456-1
16Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria F 4112435-2
Eliminated in the group stage
17Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador E 31114330
18Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal G 3111447-3
19Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia A 31023660
20Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina F 31023440
21Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast C 3102345-1
22Flag of Italy.svg  Italy D 3102323-1
23Flag of Spain.svg  Spain B 3102347-3
24Flag of Russia.svg  Russia H 3021223-1
25Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana G 3012146-2
26Flag of England.svg  England D 3012124-2
27Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea H 3012136-3
28Flag of Iran.svg  Iran F 3012114-3
29Flag of Japan.svg  Japan C 3012126-4
30Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia B 3003039-6
31Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras E 3003018-7
32Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon A 3003019-8

Preparations and costs

Costs of the tournament totalled $11.6 billion, [103] making it the most expensive World Cup to date, [104] until surpassed by 2018 FIFA World Cup which cost an estimated $14.2 billion. [105] FIFA was expected to spend US$2 billion on staging the finals, [106] with its greatest single expense being the US$576 million prize money pot. [101]

Although organisers originally estimated costs of US$1.1 billion, [107] a reported US$3.6 billion was ultimately spent on stadium works. [108] [109] Five of the chosen host cities had brand new venues built specifically for the World Cup, while the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in the capital Brasília was demolished and rebuilt, with the remaining six being extensively renovated. [110]

An additional R$3 billion (US$1.3 billion, €960 million, £780 million at June 2014 rates) was earmarked by the Brazilian government for investment in infrastructure works and projects for use during the 2014 World Cup and beyond. [111] However, the failed completion of many of the proposed works provoked discontent among some Brazilians. [112] [113] [114]

The Brazilian government pledged US$900 million to be invested into security forces and that the tournament would be "one of the most protected sports events in history." [115]


Fuleco, the official mascot of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Fuleco.png
Fuleco, the official mascot of the 2014 FIFA World Cup

The marketing of the 2014 FIFA World Cup included sale of tickets, support from sponsors and promotion through events that utilise the symbols and songs of the tournament. Popular merchandise included items featuring the official mascot as well as an official video game that has been developed by EA Sports. [116] The official song of the tournament was "We Are One (Ole Ola)" with vocals from Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte. [117] As a partner of the German Football Association, the German airline Lufthansa renamed itself "Fanhansa" on some of its planes that flew the German national team, media representatives and football fans to Brazil. [118]


The sponsors of the 2014 World Cup are divided into three categories: FIFA Partners, FIFA World Cup Sponsors and National Supporters. [119]

FIFA partnersFIFA World Cup sponsorsNational supporters


For a fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup Finals, the coverage was provided by HBS (Host Broadcast Services), a subsidiary of Infront Sports & Media. [120] Sony was selected as the official equipment provider and built 12 bespoke high definition production 40-foot-long containers, one for each tournament venue, to house the extensive amount of equipment required. [121] [122] Each match utilised 37 standard camera plans, including Aerial and Cablecam, two Ultramotion cameras and dedicated cameras for interviews. [122] The official tournament film, as well as three matches, [nb 6] will be filmed with ultra high definition technology (4K resolution), following a successful trial at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. [123]

The broadcasting rights – covering television, radio, internet and mobile coverage – for the tournament were sold to media companies in each individual territory either directly by FIFA, or through licensed companies or organisations such as the European Broadcasting Union, Organización de Televisión Iberoamericana, International Media Content, Dentsu and RS International Broadcasting & Sports Management. [124] The sale of these rights accounted for an estimated 60% of FIFA's income from staging a World Cup. [125] The International Broadcast Centre was situated at the Riocentro in the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro. [126] [127]

Worldwide, several games qualified as the most-watched sporting events in their country in 2014, including 42.9 million people in Brazil for the opening game between Brazil and Croatia, the 34.1 million in Japan who saw their team play Ivory Coast, and 34.7 million in Germany who saw their national team win the World Cup against Argentina, [128] while the 24.7 million viewers during the game between the USA and Portugal is joint with the 2010 final as the most-watched football game in the United States. [129] According to FIFA, over one billion people tuned in worldwide to watch the final between Germany and Argentina. [130]


The 2014 FIFA World Cup generated various controversies, including demonstrations, some of which took place even before the tournament started. Furthermore, there were various issues with safety, including eight deaths of workers and a fire during construction, breaches into stadiums, an unstable makeshift staircase at the Maracanã Stadium, a monorail collapse, and the collapse of an unfinished overpass in Belo Horizonte.