2014 World Cup Brazil: Overview of group matches & previous winnersUpdated: 2014-06-12 20:02:00 (KST)
In 5 hours, the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil will kick off in Sao Paulo -- with the opening ceremony and the first match of the event.
There have been protests and concerns about the completion of the venues -- but one thing is for sure: these games will be held in a country with some of the most passionate football fans on the planet.
Our Song Ji-sun joins us in the studio. It's the opening day. Are you excited?
Yes, I am
The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil kicks off at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, local time, with the opening ceremony followed by the opening game between host country Brazil and Croatia at 5 a.m., Friday morning here in Seoul.
The match will mark the beginning of the month-long football celebration, with the group stage going on for two weeks.
The home crowd will of course be rooting for Brazil to win another World Cup -- after bringing home the World Cup trophy five times.
In the two most recent World Cups, European nations have picked up the trophy -- so South American footballers are eager to bring it back to their continent.
Reporter : firstname.lastname@example.org