Join the World Cup madness in Brazil

Sao Paulo (Creative Commons)

Sao Paulo (Creative Commons)

If you’re travelling this summer, there’s surely no place better to spend the month of June than in Brazil. The FIFA World Cup is returning to take place in Brazil for the first time since 1950 and the whole country will be party central for the duration.

Of course, you may not get to watch any of the matches in person – the tickets have probably all long been sold, but even if you can be in any of the 12 different locations where the matches are taking place, you’ll be able to soak up the atmosphere while you watch the games in one of the local bars. And if you visited to all 12 World Cup venue cities, you really would experience a true taste of Brazil.

The first match is in Sao Paulo, with Brazil facing Croatia on 12th June. During the group stage, the top two from each of the eight groups will go through to the knockout stages, and the final will be played in Rio de Janeiro on 13th July.

It would seem that there’s already something of a foregone conclusion on which nation will win the 2014 World Cup. If you check the odds on a site like Betfair, you’ll see that the host nation is favourite to win at 11/4, followed by Argentina, Germany and Spain. Brazil holds the record for number of times the country has won the world cup – five to date. Added to its impressive record in this competition, Brazil will have the home team advantage in every match that it plays.

If you’d rather pick a team that is a longer shot, but still has a chance, see for all the participating nations’ odds and other bets that can be placed – such as top goalscorer for the tournament or top European team or England’s stage of elimination.

And if going to Brazil is only a pipedream this summer, wherever you are still be able to watch the games, get behind your favourite team and perhaps plan a future trip to Brazil. After all, Brazil might not be hosting the World Cup when you go, but that just means you won’t have to share this beautiful country with as many tourists as this summer.

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