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World Cup Brazil 2014

The eyes of South Africa and the world will be on Brazil in 2014 as they prepare for the the 20th FIFA World Cup scheduled to kick-off on the 12th of June. South Africans will remember very well the ecstatic joys and festivities that the soccer world cup brings to a host nation. Brazil 2014 is set to be the biggest event of the decade with more than 1.1 million tickets already sold. Even though Bafana Bafana is not competing this year, thousands of South Africans are expected to travel to the South American country to have the "fiesta" of their lives. Read more about how much it is going to cost, and get a few tips on how to make the trip possible on a tight budget.

Match Tickets And Prices

Match fixtures for the soccer world cup have already been released and can be viewed on FIFA's website, where one can apply for tickets online. In the group stages category 4 (cheapest) tickets are only available to residents of Brazil, a category 3 ticket costs US$ 90 (approx. R 950), a category 2 ticket US$ 135 ( approx. R 1 400) and a category 1 ticket goes for US$ 175 ( approx. R 1 850). At the moment it seems that single ticket purchases are available for sale, but purchases of more than 1 ticket need to be applied for. A maximum of 4 tickets per person per match may be bought for a maximum of 7 matches. 

Cost Of Flights

Flights to Brazil will be most expensive in the world cup period between early June and mid July even if you book months in advance. Direct flights made far in advance for this period will cost upwards of R 17 000 per person from Cape Town, and R 16 000 + from Johannesburg. For the long-term traveller, pre-May return flights average around R13 000 +, if you book a month or two in advance. These prices are enough to break hearts, but luckily there are much cheaper options for those who are prepared to fly to Brazil via Europe or the Middle East. If booked a few months in advance the tickets for these long routes go for as little as R 10 500 during the peak world cup period (June - July).

Cost Of Living In Brazil And The Brazilian Currency

The cost of living in major Brazilian cities is higher than in South Africa, but lower than cities such as London, New York, Berlin etc. Eating out and buying imported goods are particularly expensive. Budget travellers can consider using a free accommodation network available in Brazil called Couch Surfing. Couch Surfing is a network in which the locals of a country offer a couch in their home to travellers so they may crash on it for free for a few nights. The network allows for previous "couch surfers" to write reviews about their hosts which adds an element of credibility to the system. The following are cost estimates of a few items which should give South Africans an idea of the cost of living in Brazil's major cities. Potential price increases for the world cup have not been taken into consideration.

Meal at an inexpensive restaurant: R 112.50
Combo meal at Mcdonalds: R 80
Night in a shared backpacker's dorm: R 200 - R 300
Night in a private room ( inexpensive B&B): R 450 - R 700
Local beer (0.5l): R 20
Bottle of wine (mid-range): R 100 - R 150
Bottle of water: R 10
Kg of potatoes: R 12 - R 16
1kg Tomatoes: R 16 - R 22
Loaf of bread: R 18 - R 25
1 min cellphone call (pre-paid): R 5

The cost of 1 Brazilian Real (Brazilian currency) was R4.45 on 2 January 2014. According to a simple technical analysis done by the author, the BRL/ZAR currency pair was in a downward trend, however there is expected to be a high demand for BRL during and around the world cup period which will drive the price of the BRL up relative to the ZAR. According to the author it is likely that the rand will hit a low of about R 4.20 per BRL in the months before the world cup and may shoot up toward R 5.00 in the world cup period. It would be a good idea to consider buying BRL well in advance of the world cup if the rand continues to strengthen against its Brazilian counter-part in the next few months to come.

Yerba Mate Feature: 2014 World Cup Footballers Who Love Maté

 

Martín Silva, Andrés Scotti, Álvaro González and Lugano (Uruguayans) having a mate after training

Martín Silva, Andrés Scotti, Álvaro González and Lugano (Uruguayans) having a mate after training

New Castle players Coloccini and Gutierrez (Argentinians) having a mate.

New Castle players Coloccini and Gutierrez (Argentinians) having a mate.

Barcelona team mates Leonel Messi (Argentina) and Jose Pinto (Spain) drinking mate on the plane.

Barcelona team mates Leonel Messi (Argentina) and Jose Pinto (Spain) drinking mate on the plane.

Barcelona hot shot Neymar Da Silva Santos (Brazil) drinking mate.

Barcelona hot shot Neymar Da Silva Santos (Brazil) drinking mate.

Liverpool start Luis Suarez (Uruguay) drinking mate.

Liverpool start Luis Suarez (Uruguay) drinking mate.   

 Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero (Argentina)

 Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero (Argentina)