It has been a decade since the Fédération Internationale de Football Association made of public knowledge the decision of holding the 20th FIFA World Cup in the South-American continent. Following this announcement, the South-American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), presented Colombia, Argentina and Brazil as hosting aspirants. However, Brazil was chosen as the only candidate by March 2004.
The official confirmation of the Federative Republic of Brazil as host for the 2014 FIFA World Cup occurred on October 30th, 2007. Four years after this, on July 30th 2011, the qualification draw was taking place at the Marina da Glória in Rio de Janeiro with the purpose of selecting 31 of the 32 teams that will participate in the most important football competition in the world; one place was reserved for the hosting country.
Four of the 208 FIFA national teams, namely Brunei, Buthan, Mauritania and Guam didn’t enter the competition. Another national team that didn’t participate in the qualifications tournaments was South Sudan, as a result of joining the Federation after the qualification process had begun. The 820 matches were prearranged by the six FIFA confederations that administrate the football teams in each continent; as a matter of fact, 824 matches were originally scheduled to be played before the withdrawal of Mauritius and Bahamas, though.
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football organized the first qualification match which was played on June 15th, 2011 between Monserrat and Belize, two teams that ironically didn’t qualify for the World Cup. The qualifications came to an end on November 20th 2013, when the two times World Cup champions, Uruguay, defeated Jordan.