Here are 10 fun facts about the 2014 World Cup courtesy of the World Cup Brazil 2014 Guide:

  1. The mascot is a Brazilian three-banded armadillo named Fuleco.
  2. The official TV opening is an animation video.
  3. 2014 is the most expensive world cup ever, with costs so far at $14-16 BILLION US dollars.
  4. Brazil will use drones and US robots to monitor crowds for security purposes.
  5. This is the 1st World Cup with Goal-Line Technology!
  6. France demanded 2 types of soap in each hotel room (read about different country demands here)
  7. A Simpsons episode has been dedicated to the 2014 World Cup
  8. Coca-Cola World Cup Anthem is ‘The World is Ours’ 
  9. Vanishing Spray will be used to provide a temporary visual marker
  10. Germany built their own World Cup Hotel and training camp

For many more fun facts and for the schedule, World Cup History and teams click here.