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If you are anything like us, you will be glued to your television screen from today until July 13th watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The 20th World cup will be taking place this year in Brazil.

A total of 64 matches will be played across beautiful cities and venues including Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo.

Here at Face for Business we believe that communication is key, and with so many countries coming together to compete in one place we are interested in how people will communicate with one another. Football fans from around the world will be flocking to Brazil to support their teams, out how many of them will know or speak the official language of Brazil?

With this in mind we have carried out a survey in order to find out whether people in the UK and USA know the language of Brazil. We asked 1,000 people in Britain and America what the official language of Brazil is.  The results reveal that the UK actually knows more about Brazil than the States do.

58% of British respondents correctly answered Portuguese, whereas only 52% of American respondents got the question right. There was an almost equal amount of British and American respondents that Brazil’s official language was Spanish.

26% of people in the UK answered with Spanish, compared to 25% in the USA.

The first game kicking off the 2014 World Cup will see the host country’s team playing against Croatia tonight. If spectators are heading out to watch the match, we hope they cheer Brazil on in Portuguese rather than Spanish!

The last World Cup in 2010 was won by Spain who defeated the Netherlands by scoring 1–0. No matter what country you are supporting, the cheer when your team scores a winning goal is the same in all languages.

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