Despite Brazil’s obsession with football not all the population is keen for the World Cup to be a success.
England's second test against Australia in Alice Springs could be a heated affair if the in Brisbane is anything to go by.
Two men have been charged in connection with alleged match-fixing in English football, the National Crime Agency said today.
England will face Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in the Group Stage of the 2014 World Cup.
The Group D match-ups were confirmed at the official 2014 Draw in Costa do Sauipe, northeast Brazil, ahead of next summer's tournament.
The start of the FIFA 2014 World Cup Draw is due to begin shortly in Costa do Sauipe, northeast Brazil, after minor delays at the ceremony.
Roy Hodgson is among 32 international football coaches in Salvador, northeast Brazil, eagerly awaiting the outcome of the FIFA 2014 World Cup Draw.
The FIFA 2014 World Cup Draw ceremony has kicked off with a tribute to Nelson Mandela.
Former South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar recalled the moment he met Nelson Mandela before the team won the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Pienaar said he was shocked to see Mandela wearing the Springboks jersey, adding, "He turned around and my number was on his back.
"That was me. I would run through walls [for Mandela], I would play until I can't play."
The Springboks have uploaded a video "showing what massive impact former President Nelson Mandela had on the world, South Africa and rugby in particular."
In 1995, he presented the Webb Ellis trophy to captain Francois Pienaar after his side won the Rugby World Cup.
The Foreign Office and the Football Supporters Federation have issued some travel tips for England supporters going to Brazil for the World Cup:
- Be aware of the long travel distances between games
- Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Brazil
- Be aware there are additional requirements for all children under 18 entering or travelling through Brazil without a legal guardian or with one parent alone
- Ensure you have travel insurance and that it covers you for all activities you want to take part in
- Fans should avoid all protests and demonstrations - they should monitor local media and follow guidance from the local authorities
- Be aware that Brazil has a high road accident rate and crime levels are also high
England are to discover this afternoon who they are to face in the group stage of the World Cup in Brazil.
There are four pots:
- Pot 1: Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Colombia, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay
- Pot 2: Algeria, Cameroon, Chile, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Ghana, Nigeria
- Pot 3: Australia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Mexico, USA
- Pot 4: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia
One side from Pot 4 will be drawn as a Pot 2 side.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has admitted that the stadium due to host the opening match of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will not be ready until mid-April.
Two construction workers were killed last month after a crane collapsed onto the stadium.
The opening match of the tournament is due to take place on June 12 which leaves little room for error in the bid to finish construction.
Speaking at a news conference in Salvador, Blatter admitted there was "no plan B":
"It will be ready in mid-April, it is a question of trust that it will be done.
"God and Allah willing no more accidents shall arise and the reconstruction can restart as soon as possible. For the time being there's no plan B."