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The World Cup is Coming!

2014 World Cup!
2014 World Cup!

The FIFA World Cup, often simply the World Cup, is coming! Do you know where you'll be watching it? The World Cup being held every four years usually allows a few nations to experience the event for the first time, through the natural cycle of improvement and decline of different countries. While Americans have been slow to fully embrace the sport, the World Cup is among the world's most widely viewed sporting events; an estimated 715.1 million people watched the final match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup held in Germany.

The biggest question in DC being asked, "Where is the best place to catch the action?" The overall favorite looks to be Redline, who will be offering a number of great specials! These include $3 domestic drafts, $5 Coronas, $5 Fireball shots, and 20% off appetizers!

They will also have nationally themed drink specials depending on the game, and a red, white, and blue shot for team USA. As an added bonus, they will welcome the Swiss embassy, who will be attending for the Switzerland vs. France game!

Here's what you need to know about the event itself. Who's taking part in the tournament? The full list of 32 nations:

Hosts: Brazil

South America: Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and Uruguay

North/Central America and Caribbean: United States, Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico

Asia: Japan, Australia, Iran and South Korea

Africa: Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Ghana and Algeria

Europe: Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, England, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Croatia and France.

The entirety of the tournament will see the 32 nations take part in a total of 64 matches: 48 group stage games and 15 further knock-out stage games. It will take precisely one month and one day for the entire World Cup to take place; 32 days of football festivities with only eight days in that period with no game scheduled. Most days during the group stages will have three or four fixtures, with two knock-out matches played per day up until the semi-final stage.

Also, you should now that the kick-off times on the FIFA website are in local timezones. Group games generally kick off at 1 PM, 4 PM, or 5 PM, but there is plenty of variation along the way. Knock-out ties are at 1 PM and 5 PM, with the final kicking off at 4 PM. The 2014 World Cup officially gets underway on Thursday, 12 June, at 5 PM local time. Brazil, as hosts, will open the World Cup against one of their group opponents, as is customary. The match will take place in Sao Paolo so make sure you plan accordingly.

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