Brazil has approved 54 cities to host national teams during the 2014 World Cup.
It’s a preliminary list that should rise to closer to 100 by the end of the year.
The cities must have at least one FIFA-standard hotel and at least one FIFA-standard football pitch. Teams will base themselves there for the group stages of the tournament, and from there fly or drive to games.
That’s why 30 of the 54 are close to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, each of which will host at least six matches.
Japan, England, Australia, Holland and the United States are among those nations who have sent representatives to scope out potential bases.