The tournament will return to South America for the first time since Argentina played host in 1978.
While England may be the birthplace of the sport, Brazil is its beating heart.
The country has won the World Cup five times, more than any other nation, and the Selecao are many fans' second team.
"Are Africa and Brazil really so different?" asked Fifa president Sepp Blatter.
"Perhaps the drums beat to a slightly different rhythm but the essence is the same: joie de vivre."
Brazil 2014 organiser, Ricardo Teixeira, added: "It's been interesting to see how every one of us is going back to their country feeling a bit more African after this World Cup.
"The world should soon start preparing to feel a touch more Brazilian, as a team of 190 million Brazilians will turn the World Cup into the biggest party on the planet.
"A party packed with joy, music and organisation.
"Of course FIFA tried to change anything that didn't go quite right at Korea/Japan 2002 in time for Germany 2006, and did the same between Germany and South Africa 2010.
"And there's no doubt we'll learn from everything that went so well here, as well as ironing out a few things ahead of 2014.
"We must learn every lesson we possibly can from these finals, both positive and negative, so we can continue everything that was good without making any of the same mistakes."
Brazil will be expected to do well on home soil, and will be bidding to become the first hosts to lift the trophy since France in 1998.
While there might not be too many problems for Brazil on the pitch, much work still needs to be done off it.
Much like South Africa, Brazil's infrastructure is not as strong as those of western countries.
"We have to build some stadiums, build some roads, build some airports and put in place telecommunication systems," said Fifa General Secretary Jerome Valcke.
"We will work on that and ensure that everything will be ready on time."
As hosts, Brazil will not have to qualify for the tournament, but for the other countries hoping to make the final 32, the road to Brazil will begin in earnest in two years time.