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World Cup 2014 in Brazil is 500 days away!

Jan 25, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

World Cup 2014

Question: When is it too early to begin getting into a frothy lather about a World Cup?

Obvious answer: What, are you kidding? Never!

The numbers crunchers at FIFA remind us this morning that the world is but 500 days away from its next World Cup. It makes me want a really ginormous advent-type calendar to begin plucking, marking the days.

FIFA.com has crunched some other numbers for us to celebrate the 500-days-out milepost. Among the more interesting ones:

64 … the number of years that have elapsed since the last World Cup in soccer-mad Brazil, back in 1950.

31 … Teams that will join host Brazil. (Remember, it wasn’t so long ago that just 24 teams competed at the World Cup finals. The last 24-team field: World Cup USA in 1994.)

19 … The number of World Cup finals in which Brazil has participated, also known as “all of them.” Brazil is the only nation to have done so.

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