Brazil FIFA World Cup Facts

Brazilians love soccer, and the world loves seeing Brazil playing soccer, thus making the FIFA World Cup one of the most important sporting events to Brazil. In 2014 Brazil will proudly be hosting the World Cup, and we can barely contain our excitement about this. In the spirit of this, we thought we’d look back at some important events in Brazil’s World Cup history.

#1 Brazil has won the World Cup a record 5 times.

#2 Brazil’s Pele has been involved in the winning of 3 World Cups, 1958, 1962, and 1970, and is the only player to hold this title.

#3 Ronaldo scored 15 goals in the 1998, 2002, and 2006 tournaments.

#4 Pele was only 17 when he made a record goal in the 1958 game against Sweden. He was standing in the penalty area facing away from the goal when he trapped the ball with his chest and kicked the ball over his head while fending off a defender and into the goal past goalkeeper Karl Svensson.

#5 Mario Zagallo was not only a player in the winning 1958 World Cup, he was also a coach. A first in World Cup history.

#6 In 1962, there was actually a tie between 6 players, including Brazil’s Garrincha.

#7 Brazil has participated in 92 World Cup tournaments.



2014 World Cup Packages


The 20th FIFA World Cup is set to be hosted in 2014 in Brazil. Matches will be held in: Rio de Jainero, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Salvador, and Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo will be hosting the opening match to kick off the games on June 12, 2014.

The World Cup is notoriously difficult and expensive to attend, but it’s not out of reach if you plan carefully and keep an eye out for deals in airfare and hotels. Starting in December 2013, FIFA will begin selling tickets; around the same time travel agencies will start to offer their World Cup travel packages. Bundling your hotels, eating, traveling, and tickets into one are the best way to save in this scenario.

Between now and opening day, we’ll be posting any and all deals, tips, tricks, gossip, discounts, and news that can help ensure you’re there in Brazil watching your favorite footballers come 2014 and experience the trip of your lifetime.

Today we’re giving a heads up on the travel companies to watch for Brazil FIFA World Cup 2014 packages coming your way. The packages aren’t available yet, but we’ll keep you posted as soon as they are.









Controversial World Cup Alcohol Law Approved

In 2003, when Brazil was chosen to host the 2014 World Cup, it promised to sell alcohol despite the alcohol ban that was instituted that same year in an attempt to reduce violence at the soccer matches. The promise was made after football‘s world governing body insisted alcohol be allowed because Budweiser is to be a sponsor.

The new legislation does not specifically authorize alcohol sales inside stadium walls, however it will allow Brazil to fulfill their promise to Fifa. Now the bill just needs to be signed into law by President Dilma Rousseff.

When the ban was put into place in 2003 it was expected to lower the game time violence that was becoming a big problem. Senator Lindbergh Farias has stated that the ban has successfully done so. In reference to the new World Cup law, he went on to say “They will only be able to sell them during World Cup; we’re not going to allow it in general.”

Some senators do not share Farias optimism, however. ” Fifa’s demand doesn’t make sense because the most important thing is that alcoholic advertisement is freely available.” said Senator Humberto Costa. He went on to say “To liberalize the use of alcohol, imagining that 10,000 to 20,000 beers sold in a match would change a company’s economic situation is absurd.”

Reduced price tickets has also been another disagreement surrounding the World Cup. Traditionally in Brazil, students and pensioners are given half priced tickets as a courtesy, however Fifa does not want this to apply to World Cup tickets due to the impact it may have on revenue. Instead, 300,000 tickets have been set aside for students, pensioners, and minority groups.