Football is deeply ingrained in everyday life and culture in Brazil, where the FIFA World Cup™ will head for the second time in 2014. Indeed, 'The Beautiful Game' is not only a passion but a fixation in cities across this vast land of enchanting beauty and individuality.

Seventeen of these are competing to become Host Cities for the 20th edition of the biggest event in sport. With the decision on the successful 12 to be made at the end of May, is here to acquaint you with Belem, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Campo Grande, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Florianopolis, Fortaleza, Goiania, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife-Olinda, Rio Branco, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Sao Paulo.

Click on the links to the right to read about the history of the Candidate Cities, their grand attractions and football within their borders, and a profile of the Host Country.

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