Despite Brazil’s obsession with football not all the population is keen for the World Cup to be a success.
Fans heading to Brazil for the World Cup should expect unforgettable atmospheres but also heavily inflated prices and long-distance travel.
Brazil’s military police are the protectors of the law, a relic of the 20 years of dictatorship and are still organised into battalions.
Violent clashes between Brazilian football fans stopped a football match for more than an hour. The violence erupted 17 minutes into the first half after the home team Atletico Paranaense opened the scoreboard 1-0 against opponent and Rio de Janeiro team Vasco.
According to authorities, four fans were injured in the fighting, three of whom were taken to the hospital. One injured fan had to be taken away by helicopter. Fighting also reportedly broke out outside the stadium on Sunday but the majority of the violence occurred in the stadium.
The game, which eventually resumed, ended in a 1-0 for Atletico Paranaense. The result drops Vasco from the first to second division.
England's opening World Cup match against Italy has been brought forward by three hours.
The match had been scheduled for 02:00 BST on June 15, but it will now kick-off at 23:00 BST on the 14 June.
Fifa agreed to reschedule the clash following an appeal by British broadcasters over the late kick-off.
For an hour the football mad country of Brazil came to a complete standstill. All eyes were on the draw to see who was playing who - and ex-pat England fans were nervous.
With six months to go it felt like the party had already started. But for fans travelling out from England, the logistics and costs may dampen the euphoria.
FA chairman Greg Dyke has been seen jokingly making a throat-splitting gesture at the draw for the 2014 World Cup to suggest England face a "group of death" in Brazil.
A grinning-Dyke, filmed sitting alongside coach Roy Hodgson at the ceremony in Costa do Sauipe, was seen bemoaning the Group D draw.
The Three Lions have been pitted against four-time winners Italy, South American champions Uruguay and Costa Rica in one of the tournament's toughest groups.
England manager Roy Hodgson has stressed the positives after his team were drawn to face Italy in a tropical climate before tests against South American opponents Uruguay and Costa Rica at World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
Speaking to ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott, Hodgson accepted progressing from Group D was a tough task, but was glad that his preparations for the tournament would be unaffected.
Real Madrid star Gareth Bale and Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany have reacted to England's difficult Group D drawing with Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.
Tough looking group for England but some exciting games to look forward to... Portugal-Germany and Spain-Holland in particular
Bale will sit out the tournament in Brazil after Wales failed to qualify, while Kompany will be part of the Belgium team hotly tipped to go far in the competition next summer.
Several players familiar to English fans for their star turns in the Premier League will be out to beat the Three Lions in Brazil next summer.
England face Italy on 15 June in Manaus and Uruguay on 19 June in Sao Paulo before the final Group D fixture against Costa Rica on 24 June in Belo Horizonte.
England will kick off their World Cup against Italy in Manaus on 14 June 2014 at 02:00 BST.
England midfielder Jack Wilshere has played down the threat of playing Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in the Group Stage of the 2014 World Cup.
Tough group...but so what? If we want to win it we will have to play the best teams anyway!!