Universally most awaited 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in a few hours from now in Brazil! The opening ceremony is under 8 hours! It is at 11.30 p.m. today - 12th June!
After undoubtedly a very grand opening ceremony this night, the first match would be played between the host country Brazil and Croatia. And then this Feast of Football would continue to enthrall us for a month that is from tonight to 13th of July in Brazil (that is until early hours of 14th of July in India).
National Teams of 32 Countries have qualified to participate in this World Cup. A total of 64 matches will be played between them in 12 different cities of Brazil to decide the winner of the FIFA World Cup.
I have provided below two videos, one in celebration of the countdown to the World Cup and the other the official World Cup Song and below it the entire Match Schedule in Indian Standard Time. IST is (+) 8.30 hours ahead of Brazil Time. Today’s first Match between Brazil and Croatia is at 5.00 p.m. local time (12th June) which means it is at 1.30 a.m. IST (13th June). You will find that most of the matches are in the middle of the night, but for Indian football fans this once in four years bonanza is a must watch…certainly most of the matches, no matter what!