In 2003 FIFA announced that the World Cup will be held in South America, under its new rotation system (which begins in Africa in 2010). Brazil is the only country on the continent which has said it wants to hold the event. In 2003, the football federations of the other nine South America countries voted at a meeting in Asuncion to back Brazil as its only candidate.
BRAZIL's president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, promised to back the country's bid to host the 2014 World Cup.
Speaking after a meeting with Ricardo Teixeira (Brazilian Football Confederation president) in Brasilia, he said "After 64 years, Brazil meet all the criteria to organise the World Cup and the country deserve it...Football is the greatest passion in the country and it deserves to host the World Cup...I will give all the backing necessary to Ricardo Teixeira so that, 64 years on, we can hold the World Cup in Brazil....It's unbelievable that a country which has won the World Cup five times and which, during decades, has had the best team in the world, has not brought another World Cup here."
Brazil have won the Fifa World Cup five times (in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002) and have hosted the competition once, in 1950 (they lost 2-1 to Uruguay).
Brazil's stadiums, date mostly from the 1950s and 1960s and are in a general state of disrepair. Brazil's domestic football suffers from severe financial difficulties, somewhat chaotic administration and crowd violence.