12 June - 13 July - How will Brazil's weather impact the world's football teams as they compete to win the 2014 World Cup?
The World Cup will start with a lavish opening ceremony at the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo on Thursday 12 June at 15.15. Immediately after, Croatia will take on the host nation Brazil as the opening game kicks off at 21.00 BST.
There will then be 64 matches in Brazil, with 32 different countries competing for the coveted FIFA World Cup Trophy.
The final will be played at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday 13 July. For complete group listings download our World Cup 2014 Wall Chart (PDF, 223 kB) and keep track of all the scores.
The fifth largest country in the world, Brazil sees large variation in climatic conditions and is the only country in the world that lies on both the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn.
The country is split into four distinct climatic regions:
He is correct in that it is the interior and not the coast which would be more prone to frosts but the whole of Brazil is mostly subtropical so really only inland areas in the far south would be prone to occasional frosts.
The 12 host stadiums are spread from the Amazon Basin in the north, all the way down to the southern states as shown below.
Brazil's World Cup stadiums
With concern over how extreme levels of humidity and high temperatures may impact players, especially in the Arena Amazonia in Manaus, FIFA has agreed that extra water breaks and cold towels will be provided when necessary. This will be decided on a case by case basis before each game by a team of medical health professionals. It is believed that these breaks will be for three or four minutes for every half an hour of football played when they are in place.
Last updated: 27 June 2014