After no fewer than 820 qualifiers, 32 teams are left in the running for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. This coming Friday their names will all go into the hat at the Final Draw, which kicks off at 13:00 local time in Costa Do Sauipe and will be followed by a worldwide TV audience of millions.
To set the scene for what is a major event on the football calendar, FIFA.com reveals some of the fascinating statistics involved in its preparation.
- The number of people who will be working at the event in one capacity or another. In addition to the 2,000 people employed by subcontractors in tasks such as setting up the venue, cleaning and catering, 200 volunteers and 300 security staff will be on hand to ensure the event runs smoothly. Three hundred FIFA employees will also be on duty, along with 200 staff working for the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for Brazil 2014.
- The floor area in square metres of the auditorium where the Final Draw will take place, and which will accommodate 4,800 accredited guests and staff and the 30 radio stations (17 of them Brazilian) and 79 TV stations (seven of them local) covering the event. The Draw will be broadcast in nearly 200 countries.
- The weight in tonnes of the lighting equipment, which includes 11 kilometres of cables and 200 projectors and 308 reflectors for lighting the stage. As far as sound is concerned, some 30,000 metres of cables will be used, while the video equipment will weigh 20 tonnes, with a mere 3,500 metres of electrical cables and 2,000 metres of signal cables being laid, taking the total length of cabling to be used at the Final Draw to nearly 46 kilometres.
- The floor area in square metres of the stage on which Final Draw assistants Cafu (representing Brazil), Fernando Hierro (Spain), Zinedine Zidane (France), Fabio Cannavaro (Italy), Lothar Matthaus (Germany), Alcides Ghiggia (Uruguay), Geoff Hurst (England) and Mario Kempes (Argentina) will appear to decide the fate of the 32 teams. Made of steel, the stage weighs nearly four tonnes.
-** The number of coaches from the participating national teams who will be in Costa Do Sauipe on Friday. The only absentees will be Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez and his Mexican counterpart Miguel Herrera.