VIP Preview: First impressions, excited faces

More than 100 invited guests got an exclusive look at the FIFA World Football Museum’s first temporary exhibition ‘Brazil 2014 Revisited’. The audience of VIP guests visited the new home of football history on Tuesday evening, 20 September 2016 – a day before the exhibition officially opens. Museum Director Stefan Jost and Creative Director David Ausseil opened the event with welcome speeches, before focus turned to the new 250m² of spectacular exhibition space.

"2014 was one of the World Cups to remember," said David Ausseil, addressing the audience.

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"The first round was incredible - arguably the best that FIFA has seen for perhaps 30 years. There was plenty of goals, attacking strategies, attacking coaches, surprises and controversies. Perhaps one of the reasons it was so successful is that the crowd in Brazil was a crowd of experts. Without the football history that the country has, perhaps the tournament wouldn't have been as great as it was.”

‘Brazil 2014 Revisited’ brings the tournament back to life through artefacts collected on-site and specially created video content. Visitors are also able to discover the incredible history of football in Brazil through objects that belonged to stars like Pelé, Zico, Socrates and Friedenreich. It is as much a journey through time as it is a flashback to the tournament that saw Germany crowned champions for the fourth time.

Click through our photo gallery from the evening to see some of the highlights.