Countdown to 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Written by Reuters | Updated: May 6 2014, 11:48am hrs
Brazil, the only nation to win the World Cup five times, is hosting the tournament for the first time since 1950 this summer. Preparations for the sporting event have been marred by delays, cost overruns, construction accidents and protests, but the focus is now starting to shift to football with the opening game between hosts Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo set for June 12.

Rio will host the final on July 13.