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The A-Z of the 2014 World Cup

Jul 12 2014, 15:22 IST
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SummaryThe A-Z of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The A-Z of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

A - Abysmal Asia.

The continent's four teams failed to grab a win in Brazil, the first time Asia has gone without a victory at a World Cup since 1990 when United Arab Emirates and South Korea each lost all three group games. Australia, Korea, Japan and Iran managed only three draws between them and all finished bottom of their respective groups.

B - Bite.

Uruguay forward Luis Suarez was slapped with a World Cup record four month ban from football and suspended for nine international matches after sinking his teeth into the shoulder of Italy's Giorgio Chiellini. Suarez initially denied the bite, before backtracking and apologising after FIFA's punishment.

The fallout made it one of the most talked about incidents in Brazil, with everyone from pundits to presidents offering their opinion.

C - Cash.

Ghana's players wanted their appearance fees for playing in the World Cup right away so President John Mahama flew millions of dollars to Brasilia in order to appease the squad hours before their make-or-break clash with Portugal. Pictured kissing the stacks of cash upon its arrival, Ghana's players lost to the Portuguese and exited at the group stage.

D - Dilma.

The on-field action in Brazil was amongst the best ever but the problems surrounding the organisation of the tournament were not forgotten. Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, along with FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, were routinely booed when shown in the crowd at matches, with many Brazilians angered by their government's extravagant World Cup spending of more than $11 billion at a time when the country's economy is sagging and public services are in dire need of investment.

E - Embarrassment.

A World Cup record defeat, a first loss in a competitive home match in 39 years, it was not meant to end like this for pre-tournament favourites Brazil. The 7-1 semi-final mauling suffered in Belo Horizonte at the hands of Germany plunged a nation into mourning and quickly led to calls for an overhaul of the domestic game.

F - Fans.

The empty stadiums of the South African World Cup four years ago were never going to be repeated with fans flocking from all over the world to watch the action in Brazil.

The majority seemed to come from Argentina, Chile and Colombia. Brazilians also turned out en masse to grab a glimpse of any of the 32 competitors making the 2014 tournament the second most popular in history based

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