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Road to Maracana…

Foot ball returns to its home in Brazil after a long sabbatical of 64 years. Its last visit to this samba nation in 1950 resulted in Maracanazo (The Maracana blow). Who would’ve thought that the expeditious Brazil team would lose to the underdogs Uruguay? Since then the Selecaos went on to win this most coveted cup of the football world for five times! But things have changed. Brazil no longer enjoys the hegemony in football and we have entered an era of European dominance. The Brazilian team coached by Luis Felipe Scolari and with the likes of players like Neymar Jr, Hulk, Oscar and Dani Alves looks unperturbed of all these exigent issues and is expected to fare well in the competition. This big event has provided a lot of entertainment for the viewers in its entire previous edition. Right from the ‘The Hand of God’ goal by Maradona to the headbutt from the World’s best play maker at that point of time,Zidane to Marco Materazzi, the World Cup has succeeded in continuously providing a lot of exhilarating experience for the audience.

Around 32 countries are participating in this football extravaganza which will commence on 12 June 2014 and will extend for a month.  Brazil, Germany and Netherlands are expected to be the main contenders to lure the cup, which now resides in Spain. Around 12 cities in Brazil are selected as the venues for the world cup, with the finals coming again to the Maracana stadium at Rio De Janeiro. The Brazilian government forecasts that the 2014 Soccer World Cup will generate around 62.1 billion reais ($27.7 billion) in revenues. Around 3.6 million tourists are expected to commute to the nation during the competition. Around 50,000 jobs will be created in the tourism sector to cater to the large base of tourists. Most of these jobs are to be concentrated in Sao Paulo and Rio, where the opening and closing matches are scheduled. Even though this edition of World Cup will miss the likes of Ronaldinho, Kaka, Tevez and Nasri, it is clearly offset by the entry of young bloods like Adnan Januzaj, Luke Shaw, Eden Hazard, Tony Kroos and many more. This road which leads to Marcana will never be easy as players will literally fight to book a berth on 13 July. That particular day, the world will come still; media houses will go frenzy; people will be glued to their TV sets, but only one nation will eventually emerge as the champions of the world. I personally hope that the host will find back its lost legacy and there won’t be another Maracanazo mishap.


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