Brazil to host 2014 FIFA World Cup

Updated: 31 October 2007 14:35 IST

Its the first time since 1950 that the privilege has been bestowed on the country that calls itself "the land of the football boot."

Zurich:

Brazil was awarded the 2014 World Cup on Tuesday, the first time since 1950 that the privilege has been bestowed on the country that calls itself "the land of the football boot."

Brazil, which was the only candidate, has won the World Cup a record five times.

"The executive committee has decided unanimously to give the responsibility, not only the right, but the responsibility to organize FIFA's World Cup 2014 to the country Brazil," FIFA president Sepp Blatter said.

Blatter then handed the World Cup trophy to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who flew in for the event.

"Soccer is not only a sport for us. It's more than that," Silva said. "Soccer for us is a passion, a national passion."

He promised that Brazil "will now with great pride do its homework."

"If everything works out well, we will win once again a World Cup," Silva added.

Topics : Football Bayern Munchen
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