SAO PAULO - When Brazil first won the right to host the 2014 football World Cup, officials knew they would need a modern stadium with more than 65,000 seats in the country's biggest city. | Video
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RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil hope to face Eastern European and Central American opposition before next year's World Cup in a bid to familiarise themselves with styles similar to those of group rivals Croatia and Mexico, officials said on Wednesday.
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