May 20, 2014 / 2:37 PM / 4 years ago

TAKE A LOOK-Countdown to 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Brazil, the only nation to win the World Cup five times, is hosting the
tournament for the first time since 1950 this summer. Preparations for the
sporting event have been marred by delays, cost overruns, construction accidents
and protests, but the focus is now starting to shift to football with the
opening game between hosts Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo set for June 12.
    Rio will host the final on July 13.
Click on the links below to see the latest stories on the World Cup. 
For a TAKE A LOOK of the latest news stories on the World Cup, please click on
>World Cup pressure giving Brazil's Luiz sleepless nights        
>Chile midfielder Fernandez out of World Cup, needs surgery      
>I need to change 'chip' and think of Argentina, says Messi      
>Nuns, backed by pope, warn of human trafficking at World Cup    
>Corinthians arrange test game at Arena ahead of World Cup       
>Italy's Rossi must prove he's ready for action - Prandelli      
>Cameroon cancel World Cup send-off match                        
>France reserve keeper Mandanda ruled out with neck injury       
>German minister says risks for fans in Brazil minimal           
>Scientists warn of dengue fever risk during World Cup           
>Dynamic England could pay for lack of wisdom, says Sol          
>I won't be 100 percent even if I make World Cup - Falcao        
>Cover your ears, Brazil trumpets to fill stadiums               

>Van Gaal plots old school Dutch World Cup system                
>State of the nations a month before World Cup kick off          
>Brazil expects and hopes to kill off ghost of 1950              
>Spain's dominance faces ultimate test in Brazil                 
>Only the title matters for success-starved Germany              
>Argentina's 'Fab Four' key to team's success                    
>Erratic France slowly rediscover pedigree                       
>Italy a threat despite ageing players, mavericks                
>Argentina squad offers few surprises for Aguero                 
>Brazil ticket an object of desire for Socceroo Franjic          
>Asamoah hopes 2010 experience can spur Ghana on                 
>Australia won't park buses in Brazil - Aloisi                   
>Fans face biggest challenge in Brazil - Valcke                  
>Brazil lack attacking threat of the past: Rivelino              
>Good ambiance crucial to get best from Messi: Sabella           

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 (Compiled by Ken Ferris)
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