Why we LOVE the World Cup

If you live in the United States you might not understand the significance of the world cup and it’s global importance but that’s not why we’re big fans of this month long tournament. For the rest of the world soccer (or football as it is commonly known everywhere else) is not just a sport...it’s a “religion”. It’s the easiest sports for anyone to participate in because it requires very little to no money to play. In remote villages kids make soccer balls out of paper or anything they can get their feet on.

We love the World Cup because it brings the entire world together. For 90 minutes, every 4 years there is peace in the world. The final match is the world’s most widely viewed sporting event. An estimated .75 billion (with a “B”) people will watch the final match in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã stadium. To give you some context, only 111 million watched the last super bowl.  I have attended 3 world cups to date including South Africa 2010.  In 1986 I went to Estadio Azteca in Mexico city to watch Argentina against Germany for the final match.  Approaching the stadium we witnessed the cup’s global reach.  People from all over the world dressed in their local garb and proudly waved their colors.  It was an incredible feeling to enter the stadium and stand there knowing how many eyes around the world were focused on the playing field.  I experienced a sense of oneness with all of humanity. I remember the end of that final match fondly. The final score was 2-1 Argentina, and the entire stadium chanted in unison, “Mexico, Argentina, America Latina…”

 

Preparing for the world Cup

With Brazil World Cup approaching in June, we put together a mini guide in preparation for your travels to Brazil. Since this year’s games will be held in 12 different states across Brazil, we wanted to give you tips in planning your World Cup itinerary. Kick-off starts June 12th!

Who's playing who? When and where?

World Cup groups a-c

groups d,e,f

groups g, h

Cities and Stadiums

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Tip: Brazil is a huge country, (almost as big as the U.S.!) so we recommend that you visit states that are near each other and explore the different cultures and landscapes. Each venue is located near attractions that shouldn't be missed, including beaches, nature reserves, historical centers in a wide-range natural surroundings.

Suggested Itineraries:
South
- Porto Alegre, Curitiba, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro
Northeast - Fortaleza, Natal, Recife, Salvador
Central - Cuiabá, Brasília, Belo Horizonte and maybe Rio or Salvador.
Manaus is the furthest of World Cup locations, but well worth it. Catch a direct flight from Miami or connect from Rio or São Paulo. Why we think it’s worth the trip? The must see crystal white sands of Praia da Lua Beach and the Rio Negro Cruise from Manaus to the Amazon.

For more suggestions visit Fifa.com’s  "destination" section that showcases the host cities' attractions and cultural aspects.

Tickets

Fifa.com is the official place to get tickets for the world cup. With plenty of counterfeit sites on the web we recommend purchasing directly from fifa.com. There are 5 sale phases:
1. Random Selection Draw: Aug 20 - Oct 10, 2013
2. First Come, First Serve:  Nov 11 - Nov 28, 2013
3. Random Selection Draw: Dec 8 - Jan 30, 2014
4. First Come, First Serve:  Mar 12 - April 1, 2014
5. Last minute Sales: April 15 - July 13, 2014
You can buy tickets for a specific match, a series of tickets for a specific venue, or series for a specific team.
For prices on tickets click here. If you need more info on tickets click here.
To buy tickets:
1. Go to fifa.com
2. Create and account within the 2014 Fifa World Cup ticketing section of website
3. Follow steps to make purchase or to apply to lottery
Have fun and let the games begin! If you are looking for any tips, advice or have some to share please email ou local HQ brazilian: fernanda@flight001.com