The most important of all national football tournaments is rapidly approaching. Brazil 2014 kicks off in June and every England fan dreams of making it over to support the three lions. With a run of recent good form and a top manager in Roy Hodgson, England has every chance of a good showing.
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England have a chequered history in the World Cup. Winners in 1966, they came heart-breakingly close in the Italy hosted semi-finals in 1990, as well as a string of quarter-final appearances over the years. The tournaments of ’74, ’78 and ’94 are best forgotten as the England boys failed to qualify. With a fine squad mixing youth and experience they have every chance of improving on 2010′s disappointing second round defeat at the hands of Germany. The team’s most important players are undoubtedly team captain Steven Gerrard, star forward Wayne Rooney, experienced defender Ashley Cole and goalkeeper Joe Hart. Added to these famous names are the exciting young talents of Jack Wilshere, Ross Barkley and Raheem Stirling.
This year’s World Cup in Brazil takes place in the summer months of June and July. The fixtures are being held in stadiums across the wide expanse of the country, with locations ranging from the jungle temperatures of Amazonian state capital of Manaus to the heavily populated cities of Rio and Sau Paulo.
England’s first match is a late kick off on June 14 against the might of four-times winners Italy in the humidity of Arena Amazonia, Manaus. The team then travels to Sao Paulo on June 19 to take on the famously unpredictable Uruguay, the team of Arsenal star striker Luis Suarez. England’s final game on June 24 pits them against the underdogs of Group D, Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte. Fans can follow England all the way with hotels near Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro offering a fantastic base of operations. Hotels near Arena Corinthians, São Paulo can also present a great football holiday. The final game of the group stage can be supported by a stay at hotels near Mineirão, Belo Horizonte.
The final is due to take place on July 13 at the impressive Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Football fans of all nations can experience this once in a lifetime show of footballing strength by booking into one of the superb hotels near Maracana Stadium. Here fans can take in the splendid Brazilian footballing welcome in all its finery.
So could this be the year when England fulfil their fans convictions? The group is certainly tough, and the humidity in Brazil do not always help the northern European teams, but with the confident backing of die hard supporters and a keen tactical awareness from the coaching staff, anything is possible. And who knows, they might, just might go and win the thing!