With the World Cup kicking off in Sao Paulo this evening, we take a closer look at the host nation, Brazil.
It is estimated that there are just shy of 200 million people in Brazil, making it the world's fifth largest country by population behind China, India, the United States and Indonesia.
Although Brazil's women's team are now among the best in the world, there was a time when they would not have been allowed to play competitively at all.
From 1941 until 1979 women were banned from competing in most sports, including football.
The average Brazilian monthly wage is around £545, although this masks huge differences between those at the very top and their low-paid compatriots.
The minimum wage is just 724 Reais per month, equivalent to £192. By comparison, the UK rate for a 40-hour working week is just short of £1,240 a month - over six times higher.
Historically speaking, though, Brazilian are richer than ever - one of the factors that has led to rising obesity.
For Brazil, rising prosperity has coincided with broadening waistlines and the World Health Organisation says over 50% of the population is now overweight.
Such is the problem that World Cup organisers have had to kit out stadiums with plenty of extra-wide seats to accommodate more substantial spectators.
As in the rest of the developed world, a combination of sedentary lifestyles and fat-laden processed foods has been blamed for what is rapidly becoming a public health crisis.
Despite what many might view as a superb climate, Brazilians like little better than staying in to watch the telly.
A 2013 study from Motorola Mobility found that Brazilians watch an average of 20 hours a week of TV, just behind Americans, who rack up 23 hours a week in front of the box.
Top channel TV Globo notches up a staggering 91 million viewers a day on average, a figure most American networks can only dream of.
Much like its football team, Brazilian soap operas, known as telenovelas, attract a cultish following, with millions tuning in six times a week for the latest instalments.
As well as eating too much sugar, many Brazilians opt to run their cars on it.
Approximately a quarter of motorists run their cars on ethanol, a fuel produced by fermenting sugar cane and molasses.
Producing ethanol does have its own problems, however, including increasing food prices by reducing the amount of land available for farming.
Dozens of different communities have contributed to Brazil becoming one of the world's most diverse, multi-cultural countries.
For instance, Brazil has the world's largest Japanese community outside Japan, numbering roughly 2 million people, most of whom live in Sao Paulo.
The reverse is also true - there are over 300,000 Brazilians living and working in Japan, the largest non-Asian immigrant group in the country.
There is also a very substantial Lebanese community - in fact, there are more people of Lebanese descent in Brazil (7 million) than in Lebanon itself (4.5 million).