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The 2014 FIFA World Cup was held in Brazil between 12 June - 13 July, 2014. The matches were played in twelve stadia in twelve different cities. Spain emerged victorious for its second title and second consecutive championship, defeating Uruguay on penalty kicks in the final round.
The games became notorious for a controversial win by Brazil in the quarterfinals over Argentina, in which a judge allegedly was paid by a Brazilian drug lord to make sure Brazil won the game by two goals. While Brazil would be defeated by Spain in the semifinals, the controversy only further shed light on FIFA's fixing scandals from the previous year. Brazil would later place third, defeating Germany in the third-place game.