Countdown to the fi­nal: Your guide to the Foot­ball World Cup ac­tion.

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Un­like many top-level sports which are dom­i­nated by just a few coun­tries, the Foot­ball World Cup is a wide-open event. At least 10 na­tions could win the Cup with­out caus­ing too much of a stir. And mil­lions of view­ers around the world will be ea­gerly de­vour­ing cov­er­age of this year’s tour­na­ment.

The Fifa Foot­ball World Cup is widely con­sid­ered to be the big­gest in­ter­na­tional sport­ing event.

Most coun­tries in the world play “the beau­ti­ful game” and most of them strive to reach the big four-yearly event. (New Zealand has qual­i­fied just twice – in 1982 and 2010.)

Ac­cord­ing to global TV view­ing fig­ures, the Fifa World Cup has an au­di­ence of 3.5 bil­lion peo­ple across the en­tire tour­na­ment.

The 2014 fi­nal alone, be­tween Ger­many and Ar­gentina, drew in more than one bil­lion view­ers. It is the undis­puted cham­pion in the world of TV sports.

The sum­mer Olympic Games are gen­er­ally con­sid­ered to be next with an au­di­ence of two bil­lion. How­ever, some statis­ti­cians claim that the Tour De France reaches out to 2.6 bil­lion view­ers around the globe.

Other top con­tenders in­clude the Uefa Cham­pi­ons League (1.7 bil­lion view­ers), the Fifa Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup (1 bil­lion), the Asian Games (986 mil­lion), the Rugby World Cup (789 mil­lion) and the Win­ter Olympics (478 mil­lion).

The Cricket World Cup at­tracts around 400 mil­lion view­ers over­all.

As the global reach of TV ex­pands, it would be lit­tle sur­prise to see this year’s Foot­ball World Cup tour­na­ment set new view­ing fig­ures.

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