The 2014 FIFA World Cup games will be held in Brazil, which is the second time that Brazil has been chosen for the honor of hosting the games. In 1950, Brazil was honored to host the World Cup for which they built the “world’s largest football stadium” only to be beat by Uruguay. Now hosting for the second time, Brazil will host the 20th World Cup games 12 June 2014 and they hope to bring home a win for their country this time.

2014 FIFA World Cup

2014 FIFA World Cup

Many World Cup fans will be traveling to Brazil for the games and will be choosing which cities in Brazil to visit during the stay. With 12 host cities to choose from, every fan is sure to find some of the Brazilian beauty in the cities they will visit.

Belo Horizonte, or Beagá as it is known, is the sixth most populous city in Brazil and is home to one of the most historic Brazilian football venues – Estadio Mineirao. Estadio Mineirao, or simply Mineirao to most, is considered the home to Atletico Mineiro and Cruzeiro. The stadium is being renovated for the 2014 World Cup games.

Brasilia is located in the center of Brazil and home to many federal and political offices. Considered the most modern city in Brazil, the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia (National Stadium of Brasilia) is the second largest Brazilian venue for the 2014 games. Due to be completed by the end of 2012, the Estadio Nacional is slated to host the Opening Match of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and will be the location of seven 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil games to include the quarter-final tie game. This environmentally-friendly building is completely accessible via public transportation and is a depiction of Brasilia’s status as a world leader in sustainable urban planning. The Estadio Nacional will be utilized for concerts and cultural events after the games.

Cuiaba is the precise geographic center of South America, making it an interesting location to visit. The Arena Pantanal will occupy the location where the well-known Estadio Jose Fragelli arena once stood. The new stadium, being built specifically for the Brazil 2014 World Cup games, will have an adaptable structure that will be enlarged for the games and reduced in size after the games. The Arena Pantanal will be a mixed entertainment and business venue upon conclusion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The city of Curitiba is home to what is considered one of the best stadiums in the country – the Atletico Paranaense. With such a strong hold on football in Curitiba, it is not surprise that Atletico Paranaense was chosen to host four matches in the Brazil 2014 games. However, prior to the games, the arena is undergoing a renovation and expansion for the games that is slated to be complete in 2012.

One of the primarily tourist attractions in Brazil, Fortaleza is known for its beaches – and its football. The home to two major football stadiums, Fortzleza’s Castelao stadium is being remodeled and will host Selacao’s second group match at Brazil 2014.

Manaus is an attraction all its own. As the home of some of the Amazon’s most amazing sites, Manaus is known for its rainforest, beauty and football rivalries. Sure to be an attraction during the 2014 World Cup games, Manaus’s Arena Amazonia will host four group phase matches during the Brazil 2014 games as well as concerts and cultural events once the games have concluded.

Natal is home to one of the most notable landmarks in Brazil – the Three Kings’ Fort. Affectionately called “The Sun City” due to its tropical climate attracts international tourists all year long. Though its iconic Machadao stadium has been the venue for many famous football matches, the stadiums condition required that a new stadium be built in order to accommodate the 2014 games. The Estadio das Dunas stadium will be one of the most impression natural attractions in Natal.

Porto Alegre’s famous Estadio Beira-Rio will be hosting five of the 2014 FIFA World Cup games, including a Round-of-16 tie game. Known as being the largest football ground in southern Brazil, the stadium is nicknamed “Gigante do Beira-Rio” (The Giant of Beira-Rio). A major renovation includes an innovative metal roof to cover the stands.

Recife is the center of the country’s fourth-largest metropolitan area in Brazil and the hosting city of five matches at Brazil 2014. A previous host of one match in the 1950 FIFA World Cup games, Recife is receiving a new arena in time for the 2014 games. Arena Pernambuco is part of a public expansion and renovation project to help boost the city’s economy.

Salvador was the first urban area to be settled in Brazil. Salvador will host six games at Brazil 2014 and is building a new arena for the occasion. Built on the grounds of the Fonte Nova, the Arena Fonte Nova will host a Round-of-16 match and a quarter-final tie at the 2014 games.

Sao Paulo is the biggest city in Brazil and is the financial and business hub of the country. The Arena de Sao Paulo will host the Opening Match of Brazil 2014 as well as five other matches including on semifinal match.

Rio de Janeiro is the center of tourist attractions in Brazil and one of the prominent hosting cities of the 2014 games. The Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho, better known as the Maracana, was built for the 1950 FIFA World Cup games and was once the largest stadium in the world. The second largest tourist attractions in Rio, the Maracana is under renovation for Brazil 2014. A glass tower for viewing of the renovations has been constructed. Maracana will host seven games during the 2014 World Cup including the Finals on 13 July 2014.

With so many wonderful hosts for the 2014 FIFA World Cup games, it will be impossible to choose just one destination. Public viewing venues will be available in all hosting cities during the games and Ladbrokes Sports will be available 24/7 online or by telephone for wagering on this historic event.