The home fans in Brazil are likely to catch the attention of the TV cameras. *AFP photo
The home fans in Brazil are likely to catch the attention of the TV cameras. *AFP photo

What more could we football fans want? A World Cup in Brazil — the spiritual home of the game — promises to be the ultimate.

A country whose people worship at the game’s altar and value its skills and showmanship arguably more than any other nation.

It helps, of course, that Brazil has such a rich football history and is the home of the likes of Garrincha, Zico, Tostão, Carlos Alberto, Romário, Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho... Oh, and there’s the small matter of Pele, arguably the greatest player of all time.

The backdrop to the tournament will be the parties and beaches of Rio, for example, while there are a few thrilling trips into the Amazon for some fans to look forward to.

Unwittingly, though, the World Cup is also likely to bring the country’s social and economic problems to the attention of the wider world: something that should not be ignored.

I hope the following supplement provides you with an enjoyable preview of the tournament. 

In particular, check out the team guides and the fill-in chart, in which you can plot the path of your favourite team. Enjoy.