world cup 2014

The 2014 FIFA World Cup was the twentieth FIFA World Cup and was held in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. It was the second FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Brazil. The tournament was won by Germany, claiming their fourth title, beating Argentina 1-0 after extra time in the final at Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro.

Host selection

FIFA announced that the 2014 FIFA World Cup would be held in South America for the first time since Argentina hosted the 1978 FIFA World Cup, in line with its policy of rotating the right to host the World Cup amongst the confederations.

Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia expressed an interest to host the tournament with CONMEBOL associations voting to accept Brazil as their favoured bid.

Argentina and Colombia withdrew their bids, making Brazil the only official candidate to host the event in 2014.

Two hundred and seven1 countries entered the qualifying competition.

Hosts, Brazil, qualified automatically whilst the remaining 31 places, were allocated with 13 to Europe (UEFA), four to South America (CONMEBOL), three to the North and Central American and Caribbean (CONCACAF), five to Africa (CAF) and four to Asia (AFC) whilst one qualifier from the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) would face one team from the CONCACAF qualifiers in an intercontinental play off and one qualifier from CONMEBOL would face a qualifier from AFC for the final two places.


Fifty three teams entered the European qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The teams were divided into nine groups; eight groups of six teams and one group of five teams. The group winners would qualify whilst the six best runners-up would advance to the UEFA play-offs.

Wales were placed in Pot 6 as the sixth seeds, and were drawn in Group A alongside Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Scotland and Macedonia. This would be Wales' first meeting with Macedonia.

Uefa qualifying Group A

no.datescorescorers (wales)venue 
 07/09/2012Croatia 1-0 Macedonia Stadion Maksimir, ZagrebWCQ
59607/09/2012Wales 0-2 Belgium Cardiff City Stadium, CardiffWCQ
 08/09/2012Scotland 0-0 Serbia Hampden Park, GlasgowWCQ
59711/09/2012Serbia 6-1 WalesBaleStadion Karađorđe, Novi SadWCQ
 11/09/2012Belgium 1-1 Croatia Stade Roi Baudouin, BrusselsWCQ
 11/09/2012Scotland 1-1 Macedonia Hampden Park, GlasgowWCQ
 12/10/2012Macedonia 1-2 Croatia Philip II Arena, SkopjeWCQ
 12/10/2012Serbia 0-3 Belgium Stadion Crvena Zvezda, BelgradeWCQ
59812/10/2012Wales 2-1 ScotlandBale (2)Cardiff City Stadium, CardiffWCQ
 16/10/2012Macedonia 1-0 Serbia Philip II Arena, SkopjeWCQ
 16/10/2012Belgium 2-0 Scotland Stade Roi Baudouin, BrusselsWCQ
59916/10/2012Croatia 2-0 Wales Stadion Gradski Vrt, OsijekWCQ
 22/03/2013Croatia 2-0 Serbia Stadion Maksimir, ZagrebWCQ
 22/03/2012Macedonia 0-2 Belgium Philip II Arena, SkopjeWCQ
60122/03/2013Scotland 1-2 WalesRamsey (pen), Robson-KanuHampden Park, GlasgowWCQ
 26/03/2013Serbia 2-0 Scotland Stadion Karađorđe, Novi SadWCQ
 26/03/2013Belgium 1-0 Macedonia Stade Roi Baudouin, BrusselsWCQ
60226/03/2013Wales 1-2 CroatiaBale (pen)Liberty Stadium, SwanseaWCQ
 07/06/2013Croatia 0-1 Scotland Stadion Maksimir, ZagrebWCQ
 07/06/2013Belgium 2-1 Serbia Stade Roi Baudouin, BrusselsWCQ
60406/09/2013FYR Macedonia 2-1 WalesRamsey (pen)Philip II Arena, SkopjeWCQ
 06/09/2013Serbia 1-1 Croatia Stadion Crvena Zvezda, BelgradeWCQ
 06/09/2013Scotland 0-2 Belgium Hampden Park, GlasgowWCQ
 10/09/2013Macedonia 1-2 Scotland Philip II Arena, SkopjeWCQ
60510/09/2013Wales 0-3 Serbia Cardiff City Stadium, CardiffWCQ
 11/10/2013Croatia 1-2 Belgium Stadion Maksimir, ZagrebWCQ
60611/10/2013Wales 1-0 FYR MacedoniaChurchCardiff City Stadium, CardiffWCQ
 15/10/2013Serbia 5-1 Macedonia Stadion Jagodina, JagodinaWCQ
60715/10/2013Belgium 1-1 WalesRamseyStade Roi Baudouin, BrusselsWCQ
 15/10/2013Scotland 2-0 Croatia Hampden Park, GlasgowWCQ

Head to head
BEL 1-11-02-02-11-1
CRO1-2 1-00-12-02-0
MAC0-21-2 1-21-02-1
SCO0-22-01-1 0-01-2
SER0-31-15-12-0 6-1

Group standings

Wales and the 2014 World Cup

Having slipped to 112th in the FIFA World Rankings, Wales were placed in Pot 6 as the sixth seeds, and were drawn in Group A alongside Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Scotland and Macedonia. This would be Wales' first meeting with Macedonia.

Wales' plans for the qualifying campaign were rendered almost irrelevant when, a few months after the draw, manager Gary Speed died by suicide in November 2011.

Speed's close friend and former international team-mate, Chris Coleman, took charge of Wales but a 0-2 defeat in Belgium and a 1-6 thrashing in Novi Sad, Serbia saw Coleman suffer four defeats in his first four matches as manager.

Despite also losing to Croatia, two wins over Scotland, the first of which saw Ben Davies make his debut for Wales, and the second, a debut for Jonathan Williams, ensured Wales reached the half way stage in the group in third place.

However being seven points adrift of joint leaders Belgium and Croatia any hopes of qualification were further dashed by a home defeat to Croatia.

Having joined Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee of €100m five days previously, an injured Gareth Bale, sat on the bench as Wales were defeated in Skopje in the first ever meeting with Macedonia.

Declan John made his debut in the home victory over Macedonia, a game which saw Wayne Hennessey return in goal after an almost two year international absence because of injury.

Wales earned a well deserved point in the final game of the qualifying campaign which saw Belgium secure top spot and qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but the game was an historic occasion for Wales too as Harry Wilson became the youngest player ever to represent Wales, coming on as a second half substitute at the age of 16 years 207 days.

James Wilson also won his first cap at the Stade Roi Baudouin whilst Chris Gunter won his 50th cap and Craig Bellamy his 78th and final cap.

Players used during qualifying

Wales used a total of 33 players during the qualifying campaign with Chris Gunter the only player to have played every minute of every game.

Ben Davies, Declan John, Jonathan Williams, Harry Wilson and James Wilson made their debuts during the campaign.

Chris Gunter won his 50th cap in the final game against Belgium whilst Craig Bellamy won his 78th and final cap in the same game.

James Collins became the 16th player to be sent off whilst playing for Wales following his red card in the opening game against Belgium.

Joe Allen 719090      
Gareth Bale909090904590 32  
Craig Bellamy    909090909090
Darcy Blake90909090      
Simon Church7290 2916  8970
James Collins26 red    90  9057
Jack Collison    58 79   
Andrew Crofts      2858  
Ben Davies  909090909090  
Craig Davies  23       
Jermaine Easter        1 
David Edwards8045        
Danny Gabbidon       90  
Chris Gunter90909090909090909090
Wayne Hennessey        9090
Declan John        90 
Andy King1019 723284 589090
Joe Ledley  728289909075  
Adam Matthews9045    2190  
Boaz Myhill9090  90909090  
Steve Morison72906661      
Lewis Price  9090      
Aaron Ramsey909090   90909090
Ashley Richards     26   90
Sam Ricketts 45  90 90   
Hal Robson-Kanu18 1889064 159087
Neil Taylor        9090
David Vaughan 459090  85329090
Sam Vokes18  28  590 20
Ashley Williams90909090909090   
Jonathan Williams    459062   
Harry Wilson         3
James Wilson         33


1Of the 207 countries who entered, Bahamas and Mauritius withdrew without playing a single match.