Sao Paulo, June 11, 2014 (GSN) - It's almost time. The day Brazilians have been anxiously waiting for is finally arriving. From June 12 to July 13, 2014, Brazil will host the 64 matches of the FIFA World Cup 2014. Straight through the championship match in the fully refurbished Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilians all across the country, along with the 600,000 international visitors expected to make the journey for the event, will cheer, chant, and do whatever it takes to spur their national teams to victory.
Brazil plays Croatia on Thursday to get the home World Cup underway, beginning its quest for a sixth world title almost seven years after the nation was picked as host.
Meanwhile, the African champion touched down for the World Cup as scheduled in Sao Paulo on Tuesday night from its pre-tournament camp in the United States.
A year ago, Nigeria arrived three days late for the Confederations Cup in Brazil and in disarray after a player strike over bonuses caused delays and threatened to throw the World Cup warm-up tournament into chaos.
Late Tuesday, the Nigerians were transferring through Brazil's huge commercial hub to their World Cup base in the city of Campinas, around 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Sao Paulo. Super Eagles, which has been training in Jacksonville, Florida, USA is expected to continue its preparation for the tournament.
The 2013 African Cup of Nations winner will play Iran in its opening game in Group F in Curitiba on Monday, giving it five full days to prepare - luxurious compared to the 36 hours the team had in Brazil before playing its first match at the Confederations Cup last year.
Stephen Keshi's continental champions have arrived in Brazil off an unimpressive buildup. The Nigerians drew with Scotland and Greece and lost to the United States in warm-up games in Europe and the United States.
Along with Iran, the Super Eagles will also play Bosnia and Argentina in the group stage of the World Cup and are aiming to make the second round for the first time since 1998.
Belgium also flew in to Sao Paulo on Tuesday leaving three teams still to arrive for the World Cup: Ghana, South Korea and Cristiano Ronaldo's