The 2014 FIFA World Cup gets underway Thursday in Brazil. The month-long tournament will crown a champion in men's football—or soccer as it's stubbornly called in the U.S.
Some 32 countries are participating, including a U.S. contingent. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 cities across Brazil in new or refurbished stadiums. It's the second time Brazil is playing host, having done so in 1950.
Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to show up, traveling from all over, hoping to see their country win. Spain is the defending champion, having won it all in 2010.