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The Quarter-finals: The Great Brawl of the Last Eight

The Quarter-finals: The Great Brawl of the Last Eight

The 2014 FIFA World Cup’s quarter-finals will be contested by the eight teams who emerged winners in the Round of 16. The list includes France, Germany, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Costa Rica—all were leaders in their respective groups in the first round. In this stage of the tournament, all qualified sides will vie for a place in the semi-final, which is the penultimate round before the grand showdown at the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro on July 13th.


Of the eight aforementioned squads, Colombia and Costa Rica—this year’s best surprise achievers and well, dark horses—are the only ones making a debut appearance in the quarter-finals. All the other teams have at least reached this particular stage of the competition and even advanced as far as the finale. Brazil, Argentina, Germany, and France were all winners of the title in the past editions while the Netherlands were runners up in 1974, 1978, and 2010. Belgium, meanwhile, placed fourth in 1986.


The quarter-finals will be held in four stadiums in four cities: Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro for the France-Germany fixture, Estádio Castelão in Fortaleza for the Brazil-Colombia brawl, Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in Brasília for the Argentina-Belgium face-off, and the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador for the Netherlands-Costa Rica meeting.


The Netherlands top the rankings when it comes to the total number of goals scored (12) while Germany lead the number of passes (2560) produced.  In terms of discipline, Costa Rica received the most number of fouls (81). However, Brazil were awarded yellow cards the most frequent (8).


(Featured Image: Estádio Castelão | Source: Wikipedia)

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