Held every four years, the World Cup presents a great opportunity for MSU students and community members in Greater Lansing to come together and cheer on their favorite teams. The 2014 World Cup will be held in Brazil and features 32 top international teams vying for the prestigious FIFA World Cup Trophy.
What is the World Cup?
The World Cup is the most prestigious international soccer (or football, depending on where you're from) tournament on the planet. It is held every four years; this year is the 20th time the tournament has been held.
Thirty-two teams from across the globe are part of the tournament and each will compete in three round-robin group matches. The top two teams from each group will go on to the round of 16, where the games enter single-elimination format. The winner of the tournament is presented the FIFA World Cup Trophy.
World Cup Facts:
- The host country, Brazil, holds the record for most World Cup tournament wins, having captured the trophy on five separate occasions. They are also the only country to play in every one of the previous 19 World Cups.
- The current champion is Spain, which won the 2010 tournament in South Africa. An estimated 700 million viewers around the world are estimated to have watched the final match of the tournament between Spain and the Netherlands.
- Six out of the eight prior World Cup champions have won the tournament whilst being hosts.
When is the World Cup?
The opening game of the tournament will be on Thursday, June 12 (Brazil vs. Croatia). The final game of the tournament will be played on Sunday, July 13.
Where is the World Cup being held?
This year, the World Cup is being held in Brazil, one of the traditional homes of soccer. A total of 64 matches will be played across twelve venues throughout Brazil.
By July 2014, Brazil will have an estimated population of more than 202.6 million, making it the 5th most populous country in the world.
Sao Paolo is the most populous city in Brazil with an estimated 19.96 million people.
Portuguese is the official language of Brazil.
- Brazil's gross domestic product (GDP) was approximately $2.42 trillion in 2013, the 7th highest internationally.
The final game of the tournament will be played at this historic Estádio do Maracanã in Rio De Janeiro. The newly renovated stadium holds the record for the highest ever attendance at a World Cup Finals match (199,854 attendees for Uruguay vs. Brazil in 1950).
Learn more about the stadiums and the matches they are scheduled to host.
How do I watch the games?
Exclusive domestic television rights for the 2014 World Cup belong to the ESPN family of networks. Games will be shown on ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC.
View the ESPN broadcast schedule. Broadcast times begin 30 minutes before kickoff.
The MSU International Center will be screening all World Cup Games in the Crossroads Food Court. The following local restaurants/bars have indicated they will be showing the matches.
- Buffalo Wild Wings
Will broadcast all games at both Lansing-area locations.
Will broadcast all games.
Will broadcast U.S. games.
- Firehouse Subs
Will broadcast U.S. games. Free combo for anyone who mentions this website during the games.
- Peanut Barrel
Will broadcast at least all U.S. games.
Free Soccer Clinic for Adults & Kids
In honor of the FIFA World Cup, the MSU Office of International Students and Scholars has organized a free soccer clinic on Saturday, June 14. Join coaches from the MSU Men's Soccer Team and the new Lansing United Team for skill building and scrimmages. Afterwards, head over to the International Center to watch a FIFA World Cup game on the big screen in Crossroads Food Court. Learn more and register for Free Soccer Clinic.