• The reported cost of hosting the World Cup in Brazil is upward of $11 billion.

• The U.S. has a FIFA ranking of No. 13, but according to Goldman Sachs, the Americans have only a 0.5 percent chance of winning the Cup.

• Technology will be used to determine whether a ball crosses the goal line at this year’s Cup for the first time. Cameras mounted on the roof can capture the position of the ball. When it passes the goal line, a vibration and optical signal is sent to a watch worn by the referee, indicating a goal should be awarded.

Sources:, AP