Predicting Brazil's Starting XI for the Opening Match of World Cup 2014

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Predicting Brazil's Starting XI for the Opening Match of World Cup 2014
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Following his appointment as head coach of the Brazilian national team last week, Luis Felipe Scolari told reporters that he hopes to have his team for the 2014 World Cup 90 percent defined by the end of 2013.

Predicting that lineup presents obvious difficulties—we don't know what direction Felipão will choose to take the squad in over the next 18 months, or which players will be in form further down the line.

However, from the experienced manager's past record and initial press conferences, it is possible to make some early predictions about which players he may give preference.

So, who could line up for Brazil come the opening game of the World Cup?

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