Backing the World Cup hosts? What do you really know about Brazil?

10 things you didn't know about Brazil

OK, so we’re not losing hope just yet, but let’s face it – England aren’t doing brilliantly!
The World Cup favourites are (unsurprisingly) the host nation Brazil who have got off to a flying start, beating Croatia 2-1 in the first match of this year’s football tournament… although their match against Mexico ended in a 0-0 draw, so who knows what will happen!
Plenty of people are secretly backing them to win and everyone who drew them in the sweepstakes is feeling pretty smug right now!
But how much do you actually know about the World Cup hosts?

We’ve done some research and found some facts about Brazil that you may not have known. So if you are rooting for Brazil, you can show off your knowledge.

10 things you might not know about Brazil

  1. The country is named after the brazilwood – a once plentiful tree along the country’s coast.
  2. Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest country in the world.
  3. Sugar Loaf Mountain is believed to be more than 60 million years old and is a result of the separation of South America and Africa.
  4. Sugar Loaf Mountain is one of Brazil's most famous tourist attractionsContrary to popular belief, its capital city is not Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo, but Brasília.
  5. Its most popular tourist destinations include Iguazu Falls, on the border with Argentina, and Sancho Bay – allegedly the most beautiful beach in the world.
  6. Brazil has won the World Cup five times and is the only country that has played in every single tournament.
  7. The national drink in Brazil is coffee and the national cocktail is Caipirinha.Brazil has more than 80 species of monkey - many in the Amazon Rainforest
  8. Brazil has more than 80 species of monkey – more than any other country in the world.
  9. Brazil is one of the founding members of the United Nations and the G20.
  10. The statue of Christ the Redeemer, which has stood on Rio de Janeiro’s Corcovado Mountain since 1931, is one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

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