England's World Cup 2014 draw revealed

The draw for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil was made on Friday, with England facing tough opponents in challenging locations.

Rio's Maracana Stadium, venue for Fifa Brazil World Cup 2014 final
Rio's Maracana Stadium, venue for Fifa Brazil World Cup 2014 final

England will face Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in football's showpiece event next year, following Friday's draw in Brazil. Roy Hodgson's team will travel into the Amazon region for the first game, before visiting Brazil's largest city Sao Paulo and finishing in burgeoning C&I hub Belo Horizonte.

Brazil 2014 has been besieged with setbacks, including new venue delays, soaring hotel mark-ups, football hooliganism (video), protests, crime threat and November's cancellation of the Rio Soccerex conference.

The dates and venues for England's group matches are as follows (times British Summer Time):

England v Italy: Saturday 14 June, 11pm, Arena Amazonia, Manaus

England v Uruguay: Thursday 19 June, 8pm, Arena de Sau Paulo, Sao Paulo

England v Costa Rica: Tuesday 14 June, 5pm, Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte

The quarter finals will take place on 4 (Fortaleza, Rio) & 5 (Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte) July; the semi-finals on 8 (Belo Horizonte) & 9 (Sao Paulo) July; and the final on 13 July in the Maracana stadium in Rio.

Speaking about how the locations for England's matches could affect visitors, FA general secretary Alex Horne said: "Now the draw is out, I hope people start looking at it really seriously and making plans. I think it will be a great place to be – I just think people will have to work out how much they want to travel around. I don't think that will easy."

Are you planning to take a corporate group to Brazil or host a World Cup-related corporate event in the UK? Has Friday's draw affected your plans? Contact C&IT on cit@haymarket.com or tweet us @CITmagazine to let us know.

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