Playing safe during the World Cup

Australians visiting Brazil for the soccer need to know about the health risks the country poses.

The 2014 Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s (FIFA) World Cup is slated to run from 12 June until 13 July this year in Brazil.

The event is expected to attract 500,000 soccer fans from around the world, and there has been strong interest from Australians keen to attend the sport’s showpiece competition.

In the first phase of ticket sales, only Brazil and the US were ahead of Australia in terms of purchasers’ country of origin.  

The World Cup is being held in 12 cities across Brazil. Venues include stadiums in the major cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, as well as smaller centres, such as Manaus, which is located deep in the Amazon rainforest.

The Socceroos’ group stage matches will take place in the cities of Cuiaba (1500km west of Sao Paulo), Porto Alegre (1200km south of Sao Paulo) and Curitiba (340km from Sao Paulo), so considerable travel between venues will be involved