<p dir="ltr"><strong>The first FIFA World Cup tournament, hosted by Uruguay in 1930, featured four teams playing in one unfinished stadium. Now, 84 years later, 32 countries compete in 12 new or redeveloped stadiums, and World Cup fever reaches the far corners of the globe. </strong></p><p dir="ltr">Here, two Brazilian boys in Varjao on the outskirts of Brasilia watch the match between their home team and Mexico on June 17, 2014. Brazil, which holds five World Cup titles, is currently ranked third in the tournament.</p>

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The first FIFA World Cup tournament, hosted by Uruguay in 1930, featured four teams playing in one unfinished stadium. Now, 84 years later, 32 countries compete in 12 new or redeveloped stadiums, and World Cup fever reaches the far corners of the globe.

Here, two Brazilian boys in Varjao on the outskirts of Brasilia watch the match between their home team and Mexico on June 17, 2014. Brazil, which holds five World Cup titles, is currently ranked third in the tournament.

PHOTOGRAPH BY UESLEI MARCELINO, REUTERS

Pictures: World Cup's Global Grip

World Cup fever reaches the far corners of the Earth.

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