The 2014 FIFA World Cup is finally underway.
The eyes of the world turned to Sao Paulo, as host nation Brazil kicked off the tournament with a 3-1 victory over Croatia.
The opening game and first day of the 2014 World Cup had all the things we’ve come to expect from the world’s biggest sporting event: colors, controversy and, of course, goals.
There are still 63 games to come, and we’re wondering aloud if history will remember Brazil 2014 as the best-ever World Cup or, as Brazil President Dilma Rousseff called it in January: “Copa das Copas (loosely translated as the “World Cup of World Cups”).
Brazil is soccer’s spiritual home, and one of the sport’s main nicknames — “The Beautiful Game” — was coined here.
It’s hard to determine objectively where a World Cup ranks against those in the past, but some stand out more than others. Superstar players and great teams shine, and the tournament always creates heroes and villains.