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  • Feisty Brazil sets tone for World Cup

    The 2014 World Cup hosts are fighting for a bigger cause, in the streets and in the stadiums of Brazil.

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  • Pele picks Spain and Germany as favorites at World Cup over Brazil

    In the eyes of the greatest soccer player to ever play the game, the host nation is not the favorite to life the World Cup trophy this summer.

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  • Party city of Salvador hosts 6 World Cup matches

    Salvador is Brazil's party capital, and it's also known for its passionate football fans. Brazil's third-largest city after Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Salvador will host six World Cup matches at the 52,000-capacity Arena Fonte Nova, which was one of the venues used in last year's Confederations…

    The Associated Press
  • Belo Horizonte avoids World Cup delays

    BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) -- Belo Horizonte was one of the first Brazilian cities to be ready for the World Cup, avoiding the delays that marked the preparations of nearly all other host cities.

    The Associated Press
  • Recife will distract with lush beaches, reefs

    With its rivers, beaches and coral reefs, the northeastern city of Recife is nicknamed the Venice of Brazil. Recife will host five World Cup matches at the 44,000-capacity Arena Pernambuco, which was also used at last year's Confederations Cup. Recife means ''reef'' in Portuguese. Along with…

    The Associated Press
  • Brazil's modern capital gets a taste of football

    Locally known as the Mane Garrincha Stadium, the 70,000-capacity Estadio Nacional in Brasilia was completed last year for the Confederations Cup and will host seven matches at this year's World Cup. The stadium was named in honor of Garrincha, a striker who helped Brazil win the 1958 and 1962…

    The Associated Press
  • Fortaleza beaches are popular tourist destination

    Fortaleza is Brazil's fifth-largest city, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the northeast with or without the World Cup. The city has 34 kilometers (21 miles) of beautiful beaches and will host six matches at this year's World Cup at the revamped Estadio Castelao. Already tested…

    The Associated Press
  • Familiar Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Maracana

    With famous beaches and world-renowned attractions such as the Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugar Loaf mountain, Rio de Janeiro has plenty to see even without the World Cup. The Maracana Stadium, which will host the final on July 13, went through its third renovation - and biggest ever- to be…

    The Associated Press
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  • Brazil struggles with its World Cup preparations

    Although expectations are high for Brazil's football team at the World Cup, it's already clear the country didn't do a very good job preparing for the tournament. Organizers will also have to worry about the widespread street protests that are expected during the tournament with demonstrators…

    The Associated Press
  • World Cup: USMNT back up to No. 13 in FIFA World Rankings; Germany, Portugal in Top 3

    The US national team may have won just once in their last five outings, but that's enough to bump them back up to No. 13 in the FIFA World Rankings, released on Thursday. The rankings also reinforced the belief that the USMNT are in the Group of Death at the World Cup this summer, with Group G…

  • 5 Italy players to watch at the World Cup

    ROME (AP) -- When Italy won the 2006 World Cup, then-coach Marcello Lippi pointed to the group collective as his squad's strongpoint - and the fact that each forward scored at least one goal over the seven matches attested to that theory.

    The Associated Press
  • Italy switches focus to attacking under Prandelli

    There was the Mario Balotelli-inspired 2-1 win over Germany in the 2012 European Championship semifinals. And long stretches of dominance over Spain in last year's Confederations Cup semifinals - even though Spain eventually won in a penalty shootout. More than any others, those two matches…

    The Associated Press
  • Prandelli puts emphasis on moral values

    Cesare Prandelli's recent contract extension as Italy coach is a testament to his team philosophy, moral values and winning tactics. After all, it's not often that the Italian football federation guarantees a future for its coach before a World Cup. The 56-year-old Prandelli seized upon the…

    The Associated Press
  • Uruguay: The small country nobody wants to face

    Diego Forlan recorded a television commercial recently wearing a T-shirt that read: ''We're not the favorites, nor will we be a surprise. We are the team that no one wants to draw.'' That sums up Uruguay, the small South American country that finished fourth at the 2010 World Cup. Uruguay has won…

    The Associated Press
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  • Will Zaccheroni be the right man for Japan?

    When hiring Alberto Zaccheroni, the Japan Football Association was convinced the Italian coach's calm demeanor and European know-how was the perfect combination to take the national team to the next level at the World Cup. Under coach Takeshi Okada, Japan advanced beyond most expectations in 2010…

    The Associated Press
  • Honda, Kagawa will need to step up for Japan

    Keisuke Honda senses a growing confidence within the Japan team, and expects it will translate into results at the World Cup. Japan surprised critics in 2010 by advancing past the group stage with wins over Cameroon and Denmark before losing on penalties to Paraguay in the knockout stage. Veteran…

    The Associated Press
  • Phil Scolari says Spanish press are trying to sabotage Neymar ahead of the World Cup

    Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari believes there is a conspiracy afoot! The 2002 World Cup winner is certain that the Spanish press are deliberately trying to unsettle Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar ahead of this summer's tournament in his home country because everything that happens is…

    Dirty Tackle
  • Commentary: How will Jozy Altidore haul himself out of his English funk ahead of the World Cup?

    Jozy Altidore has been here before. In fact, the Sunderland man found himself in a nearly identical spot four years ago, when his first EPL experience – a year-long loan to Hull City from Villarreal, the club that still owned his rights at the time – ground to a discouraging halt in the lead-up to…

  • Pele says Brazil airports a big World Cup concern

    Brazil's World Cup ambassador Pele says he's concerned about the country's outdated airports less than 10 weeks before the tournament begins. The country's greatest football star says it's worrisome how renovation and expansion is being handled for the airports that will receive World Cup visitors…

    The Associated Press
  • Not so Special One? Why Mourinho must share blame for Chelsea's season stalling

    History tells us that if the Blues fall short this season questions will be asked at Stamford Bridge, and the Portuguese's legendary status cannot shield him entirely.
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