The Final Competition Phase of the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament – the largest single-event sporting competition in the world – will begin with group stage games on Thursday, June 12th.
The competition, comprised of senior men's national association football teams, has been played every four years since 1930 with the exception of 1942 and 1946, when it was suspended as a result of the Second World War.
The preliminary competition for the 2014 games saw a total of 204 entries across 6 continents, all competing for 31 available group spots over the course of the last 3 years. Players from the 31 qualifying countries, along with those from the host country of Brazil, will spend one month of this summer competing for the World Cup title and on Sunday, July 13th, one nation will raise the World Cup trophy – an honor currently shared by only eight different national teams.
In accordance with this globally celebrated event, a soccer display has been set up on the right side of Cooper Library's New Books Shelf. The display, comprised of books as well as DVDs, covers a range of content: from world cup history to hooliganism in Europe, and from the rise of the MLS to marketing the sport across the globe. The display is accompanied by tournament brackets including the date, time, location, and nations playing in each World Cup match, and the brackets will be updated to reflect the ongoing progress of the games.
The display will be up throughout both June and July; so stop by the library, find out who won the latest match, and check out a book on the beautiful game.
More information about the World Cup tournament can be found at the following link: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/index.html.
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