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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.
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>Uruguay's Suarez to have knee surgery before World Cup          
>FIFA suffers setback as test event cancelled                    
>England players get a sweat on in Portugal                      
>Sabella cuts provisional Argentina squad                        
>Palace prove that Australia can surprise                        
>Mexico ban beef to avoid doping risk                            
>Japan's Okubo keen to justify recall                            
>Netherlands' Sneijder brimming with confidence                  
>Mexico's bad luck is Ponce's good fortune for Mexico            
>Brazil World Cup will be my last, says Ribery                   
>Germany to tune challenge at Alpine retreat                     
>Jedinak named Australia captain for World Cup                   
>Colombia to make last-minute Falcao World Cup decision          
>Vandals destroy replica World Cup near Brazil base              
>World Cup pressure giving Brazil's Luiz sleepless nights        
>Chile midfielder Fernandez out of World Cup, needs surgery      

>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                
>Ghana's Accam aims to go from non-league to World Cup           
>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 Ed Osmond)

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