The 2014 World Cup still has not even started but the clouds of controversies and doubts have been emerging from the moment that it was decided to cut off from the traditional system in which a country was divided into regions as this would cut down on travelling and make it less of a burden and trouble for Brazil’s airport that will have a lot of the teams moving from side of Brazil to the other one.
With the intentions of FIFA to ensure that the matches take place at a convenient hour for the European TV and taking into consideration the sheer size that Brazil has, some squads will have to play under extreme temperatures and conditions while others don’t have to face this burden.
Any of the already seeded teams will be more than happy to be drawn into Group H as they will have to play their matches in Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo all of which are in the same region which means that the temperature in which they will be playing are mostly the same without major differences.
But this is not the same for other squads that have to undergo travels of major distances which will happen for the 1st opponent that Brazil faces as they have to open the competition in Sao Paulo and then make a 2,500 mile travel to Manaus in the Amazon until finally making a return to close their group campaign in Recife.
And all of this will be decided solely by the draw, by which teams goes into which group and nothing more. From extreme heat to cold in a matter of days, that is what some players have to get through in a unique and never before seen World Cup.