2014 World Cup Venues and Dates Announced
Friday, 2nd December 2011 at 08:28am
As the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil draws ever closer excitement is already building in the country that gave the world the "beautiful game" as the venues and dates for matches were announced.
Despite the build up to the tournament suffering delays and complications, officials in Brazil insist the country will be ready to host the global football extravaganza and this week invited former Brazil star Ronaldo to join the organizing committee.
Ronaldo, a two-time World Cup winner and the competition's all-time leading goal scorer, will follow in the footsteps of Michel Platini of France and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer as former players who helped their country host the finals.
A total of 12 stadiums in 12 different cities will host the 2014 finals' 64 matches and Fifa recently announced the dates and venues for all the matches from the opening game at Sao Paolo's Arena de Sao Paolo through until the final at the world famous Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Listed below are the venues and the dates on which they will host matches:
Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte: 14/06/14 - C1 v C2; 17/06/14 - H1 v H2; 21/06/14 - F1 v F3; 24/06/14 - D2 v D3; 28/06/14 - 1A v 2B; 08/07/14 - W57 v W58
Estadio Nacional, Brasilia: 15/06/14 - E1 v E2; 19/06/14 - C1 v C3; 23/06/14 - A1 v A4; 26/06/14 - G2 v G3; 30/06/14 - 1E v 2F; 05/07/14 - W55 v W56, 12/07/14 - L61 v L62
Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba: 13/06/14 - B3 v B4; 17/06/14 - H3 v H4; 21/06/14 - F2 v F4; 24/06/14 - C1 v C4;
Arena de Baixada, Curitiba: 16/06/14 - F3 v F4; 20/06/14 - E2 v E4; 23/06/14 - B1 v B4; 26/06/14 - H2 v H3
Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza: 14/06/14 - D1 v D2; 17/06/14 - A1 v A3; 21/06/14 - G1 v G3; 24/06/14 - G1 v G4; 29/06/14 - 1B v 2A; 04/07/14 - W49 v W50
Arena Amazonia, Manaus: 14/06/14 - D3 v D4; 18/06/14 - A2 v A4; 22/06/14 - G2 v G4; 25/06/14 - E1 v E4
Estadio das Dunas, Natal: 13/06/14 - A3 v A4; 16/06/14 - G3 v G4; 19/06/14 - C2 v C4; 24/06/14 - D1 v D4
Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre: 15/06/14 - E3 v E4; 18/06/14 - B2 v B4; 22/06/14 - H2 v H4; 25/06/14 - F1 v F4; 30/06/14 - 1G v 2H
Arena Pernambuco, Recife: 15/06/14 - C3 v C4; 20/06/14 - D2 v D4; 23/06/14 - A2 v A3; 26/06/14 - G1 v G4; 29/06/14 - 1D v 2C
Estadio de Maracana, Rio de Janeiro: 16/06/14 - F1 v F2; 19/06/14 - B1 v B3; 22/06/14 - H1 v H3, 25/06/14 - E2 v E3; 28/06/14 - 1C v 2D; 04/07/14 - W53 v W54; 13/06/14 - W61 v W62
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador: 13/06/14 - B1 v B2; 16/06/14 - G1 v G2; 20/06/14 - E1 v E3; 25/06/14 - F2 v F3; 01/07/14 - 1H v 2G; 05/07/14 W51 v W52
Arena de Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo: 12/06/14 - A1 v A2; 19/06/14 - D1 v D3; 23/06/14 - B2 v B3; 26/06/14 - H1 v H4; 01/07/14 - 1F v 2E; 09/07/14 - W59 v W60