1. Film Focus: Brazil's Full-Backs Exposed by Serbian Width

    Brazil's preparations for the coming World Cup reached their conclusion on Friday evening with a 1-0 victory over Serbia that, despite being a confidence-boosting result, also offered plenty of food for thought in the week ahead...

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  2. Brazil vs. Serbia: 6 Things We Learned

    Brazil finished their preparations for the 2014 World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Serbia in Sao Paulo's Morumbi Stadium. Forward Fred provided the winning goal on the night...

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  3. 5 Things Luiz Felipe Scolari Should Test in Brazil's Friendly vs. Serbia

    Luiz Felipe Scolari's Brazil undertake their final World Cup warm-up clash on Friday against Serbia, having strolled past Panama just a few days ago...

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  4. Brazil vs. Panama: 6 Things We Learned

    Luiz Felipe Scolari's Brazil secured a comfortable 4-0 victory over Panama on Tuesday night, getting their final rehearsals for the coming World Cup off to a perfect start...

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  5. Film Focus: Brazil's Midfield Balance in Focus Ahead of Panama Clash

    Over the course of Luiz Felipe Scolari 's current 18-month spell at the helm of the Brazil national team—his second term in the job—nigh on everything has gone to plan...

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  6. 5 Questions for Japan Coach Alberto Zaccheroni Ahead of Friendly with Costa Rica

    Japan take on Costa Rica in Florida on Monday night in the second of three World Cup warm-up matches after having laboured to a 1-0 victory over Cyprus last week...

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  7. Ranking Brazil's 20 Greatest Strikers of All Time

    The Brazilian national side has launched the careers of some of football's most recognisable names, whether it be lightening fast full-backs, elegant defensive midfielders, skilful wingers or creative playmakers...

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  8. Why Bernard Will Be Brazil's Surprise Weapon at the World Cup

    Club form is no guarantee of international success. If there is anybody who would understand that concept it is Luiz Felipe Scolari —a man who has achieved success as an international coach with both his native Brazil and Portugal...

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  9. Why Willian Must Be Handed a World Cup Starting Spot for Brazil

    The debate as to who should start for Brazil at the World Cup this summer has been relatively subdued. Thus far, everything has gone to plan over the course of Luiz Felipe ...

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  10. Film Focus: Diego Godin, Miranda Central to Atletico Madrid's Hopes of Success

    Has there been a better central-defensive partnership in Europe this season than Atletico Madrid 's Diego Godin and Miranda? If there has, the Rojiblancos pair are certainly not far from that level...

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  11. South Korea FIFA 2014 World Cup Team Guide

    East Asian powerhouse South Korea enter this summer's World Cup in improving shape. There have been promising recent wins over Greece and Switzerland, albeit tempered by defeat to Russia, that suggest Hong Myung-bo may just be finding the right formula..

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  12. Japan FIFA 2014 World Cup Team Guide

    Japan's Samurai Blue enter the 2014 World Cup in good spirits. They are the best Asia has to offer and boast the best selection of players they have ever had at their disposal...

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  13. Brazil FIFA 2014 World Cup Team Guide

    Brazil will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup this summer for the second time in their history, with pressure falling upon Luiz Felipe Scolari and his 23-man squad to banish the ghosts of their 1950 failure...

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  14. Is Neymar's Barcelona Form a Major Worry for Brazil's World Cup Quest?

    Neymar 's first season as a Barcelona player has not met expectations, that much is fair to say. While that means nothing for his overall chances of success at the Camp Nou , ...

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  15. 5 Ligue 1 Players That Arsenal Should Look to Sign This Summer

    Arsenal take on Hull City in the FA Cup final this Saturday evening, but the attention of many fans is already turning to what the club's plans for the summer will be—with challenging for league titles still the major goal...

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  16. Arsenal Must Be Patient to Silence Trophy Demons vs. Hull City

    Arsenal fans will head to Wembley on Saturday in expectant mood. It has been nine years since the Gunners won a major trophy and, over that time, there has been much heartbreak for their supporters to bear...

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  17. Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

    Brazil may be five-time world champions, but they have never won the competition on home soil. That is the challenge that awaits this year's crop as they prepare for the biggest test of their playing careers...

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  18. Japan 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

    East Asian giants Japan head into the 2014 World Cup with a point to prove, having greatly impressed at the Confederations Cup last summer only to exit at the group stages...

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  19. Film Focus: Manchester City Star Samir Nasri Makes World Cup Case vs. West Ham

    In the end, Manchester City 's title-clinching triumph over West Ham United was a procession. The Hammers had been expected to put up a fight, in the manner of most Sam Allardyce sides, but succumbed meekly to a 2-0 defeat...

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  20. William Carvalho and Central Midfielders Manchester United Should Look to Sign

    Manchester United need to sign a central midfielder. It has been the story of the club's transfer windows for the past two or three seasons and, despite the overdue capture of Marouane Fellaini last summer, the issue remains...

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  21. 10 Loanees Fans Can't Wait to Return Home

    The pros and cons of the loan market have been a hot topic for debate this season, with several players making enormous contributions for their new sides over the course of the year...

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  22. Film Focus: Defensive Naivety Costs Liverpool as Crystal Palace Launch Comeback

    It was a game that encapsulated the unceasing ability of football to amaze. Crystal Palace ’s three-goal comeback in the second half of their clash with high-flying Liverpool ...

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  23. 10 Asian Stars Hoping to Earn a Move at World Cup 2014

    Never buy a player based on their showing at an international tournament; or so the mantra goes. Yet, time after time, such platforms have proved highly effective ways of players earning a step up the ladder at club level...

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  24. World Cup Kick-off Times in Brazil Turn Up Heat on Leading Nations

    The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been the focus of much attention due to the potential conditions on and off the pitch in the heat of the Middle East summer. Of course, focus has also shifted to issues of vote fixing and human rights abuses...

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  25. Film Focus: Alan Pardew Must Face Questions After Newcastle's Lackluster Form

    Monday night's Premier League clash between Newcastle United and Arsenal was only ever going to have one winner...

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