Wednesday, October 31, 2007
From the left, Paulo Coelho, Dunga, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Romario and Ricardo Teixeira celebrate Fifa's decision.
Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
Really? Nope.. Not yet Brazil. The South American nations, the fifth most populous country in the globe, fifth most largest country in the world and also the five time Fifa World Cup holders has been awarded the right to host the Fifa World Cup 2014 since 1950. On that occasion Brazil lost the final round robin match 2 -1 to Uruguay (this was the only tournament not decided by a one-match final) the eventual champions in Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro in front of almost 200,000 spectators. Uruguay's victory over Brazil is regarded as one of the biggest upsets in sports history, commonly known as the Maracanazo.
Sepp Blatter, the Fifa President announce the decision earlier today in Zurich. Brazil were the only country bidding to host the finals, but their delegation went through the formality of making a 30-minute presentation to the world governing body's executive committee in Zurich, before being officially awarded the finals.
Blatter said "There was an extraordinary presentation by the delegation and we witnessed that this World Cup will have such a big social and cultural impact in Brazil". Correct indeed! In Brazil football is considered as religion besides having the largest Roman Catholics believers in the world. Hope the Brazilian people will rejoice by the decision to host the World Cup 2014. I'm not a big fan of Brazil in terms of football, but really favors the South American brand football more than Europe. For all the Brazil fans out there.. Good Luck!!
P/s : I hope Argentina wins the 2014 World Cup and also coming 2010 World Cup in South Africa too!