There will be 64 games played during Brazil 2014, with the Final taking place one month and one day after the opening match.

Contrast that to the considerably more modest inaugural FIFA World Cup™ in 1930, which lasted just 17 days and involved only 13 teams and 18 matches.

The participating nations on that occasion were divided across one group of four and three of three, with the section winners advancing directly to the semi-finals.