On Monday (28 January) there are only 500 days to go before the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ begins at 17.00 local time in Sao Paulo on 12 June, *FIFA.com *created a statistical rundown of fascinating facts totalling 500!
is the number of FIFA World Cup tournaments staged in South America including the 2014 edition. The competition has already been organised in Uruguay (1930), Brazil (1950), Chile (1962) and Argentina (1978).
December 2013, is the day of the Final Draw for Brazil 2014 which will take place in Salvador de Bahia.
is the number of cities hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Six of which staged matches during the 1950 edition, namely Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
Fuleco the armadillo is the 13th mascot in the history of the FIFA World Cup. The first was World Cup Willie the lion at England 1966, whereas the last was Zakumi the leopard at South Africa 2010.
goals scored in the FIFA World Cup finals by Ronaldo, the event’s all-time leading goalscorer. The Brazilian surpassed Gerd Mueller’s record with his strike against Ghana in the Round of 16 in 2006. Mueller shares second place in the rankings with fellow German striker Miroslav Klose, who could yet add to his tally before he retires.
is the number of FIFA World Cup final participations for Brazil, the only country to have played in every tournament.
Brazil will be hosting the 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup. The event first took place in Uruguay in 1930 and has been played every four years since, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was cancelled due to the Second World War.
months is the duration of the preliminary competition for Brazil 2014, which began on 15 June 2011 and will end on 19 November 2013 with the last of the play-off matches.
is the number of teams that must qualify for the 2014 finals, with Brazil’s participation as hosts already confirmed.
years that will have elapsed since the last edition was staged on Brazilian soil back in 1950. Brazil will become the fifth country to host the FIFA World Cup finals twice, after Mexico, Italy, France and Germany.
is the number of national teams that have taken part in at least one edition of the FIFA World Cup. Of the eight teams that have won the trophy, Brazil are the most successful with five titles, followed by Italy with four wins; Germany with three; Argentina and Uruguay with two; and England, France and Spain with one title each.
is the number of goals netted in the FIFA World Cup by Brazil, the tournament’s all-time top scoring team. Other nations to have crossed the century mark are Germany with 206, Italy with 126 and Argentina with 123.
All of those big numbers when added together make 500 – the number of days to go from Monday before the kick-off of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil!