The Brazilian Football Confederation has submitted a bid to host the 2014 World Cup.
Ricardo Teixeira, the president of the CBF, told Fifa’s website: “It will be a unique opportunity for the Brazilian people who deserve to be the hosts.”
Under the rotation system initiated by Fifa president Sepp Blatter, South America is due to host the competition in 2018.
The last time the World Cup was held in South America was in Argentina in 1978 and it was in 1950 that the finals were last held in Brazil.
“That means that in 2014 it will be 36 years since the World Cup was last held in our continent,” Teixeira added.
“This is very important not only for Brazilian football and our people but also for South America.”
Brazil have been favourites to stage the tournament since 2003 when the other South American federations agreed to back them as the continent’s candidate.