The World Cup is a global extravaganza. As they say, soccer is the world's sport, and millions tune in to cheer for their country.
Over the years, the cost of hosting this epic event has been creeping steadily upward. Of course, it depends on how much infrastructure the hosting country already has in place.
In 1994, when the United States hosted the World Cup, it cost them about $30 million to pay for stadiums, transportation, security, etc.
Just four years later in 1998, France spent $340 million. In 2002, South Korea and Japan dished out a cool $5 billion, and Germany forked over $6 billion in 2006. The trend halted briefly when South Africa spent a mere $4 billion.
Brazil, who will host the World Cup in 2014 will likely spend $14 billion on preparations and the actual games.