World Cup Google Maps

As Brazil prepares to host the FIFA World Cup, Google is doing its bit to helps fans virtually explore the country's streets and stadiums. First up, Google Maps Street View tours of the country's 12 World Cup stadiums are now available online, allowing fans to explore the venues that'll host the tournament. And Google's also giving fans the chance to virtually walk down Brazil's painted streets — a Brazilian tradition that ties in with the World Cup every four years.

And for those making the trip to Brazil to experience the action first-hand, Google Maps public transit data is available in all 12 host cities, along with indoor maps of 100 Brazilian venues, including airports, malls and stadiums. Turn-to-turn navigation is also supported in the country, along with live incident reporting through Google's Waze service.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off next Thursday, June 12, as the host nation takes on Croatia at the Arena de Sao Paulo.

More: How to add the World Cup schedule to Google Calendar

Source: Google LatLong