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World Cup Images of Brazil - more stunning photos

<b>With less than 12 hours until the opening match, World Soccer brings you some more atmospheric images as Brazil prepares to host the world.</b>


Spain vs Holland preview

Group B<p><b>13 June 2014</b><p>Spain v Holland, Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, 20:00 (BST).<p>Introduction<p>Holders Spain start their defence of the World Cup against the Netherlands at the Arena Fonte Nova in a repeat of the 2010 final.<p>No European side has won a World Cup in South America and some critics have …


Spain demolished by Holland's tactical flexibility

Holland’s extraordinary demolition of Spain in Salvador yesterday is still sinking in. No defending champion has suffered such a disastrous reversal of fortune in an opening game. Spain lost their opening game of the 2010 finals, but it is hard to see them recovering to make the second round this …


England 1-2 Italy

<b>Date</b>: June 14, 2014<p><b>Result</b>: England 1-2 Italy<p><b>Scorers</b>:<p><b>England</b>:<p>Sturridge 37<p><b>Italy:</b><p>Marchisio 35<br>• Balotelli 55<p><b>Venue</b>: Arena da Amazania, Manaus<p><b>Attendance</b>: 39,800<p><b>Match overview</b>: England have won only 1 of 7 competitive matches versus Italy. That was a qualifier for the 1978 World Cup. England have lost fewer …

France v Honduras - tactical guide

Group E<p><b>15 June 2014</b><p>France v Honduras, Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, 20:00<p>France<p>Prior to the qualifying play-offs Deschamps favoured a <b>4-2-3-1</b> system with <b>Paul Pogba</b> and <b>Blaise Matuidi</b> providing blanket cover in front of the back four and <b>Olivier Giroud</b> or <b>Karim Benzema</b> leading the line alone.<p>Needing …


Images of the the World Cup - Day 4

<b>The World Cup in Brazil is up and running and we bring you some of the best images from the last couple of days.</b>


Brazil 0-0 Mexico

<b>Date</b>: June 17, 2014<p><b>Result</b>: Brazil 0-0 Mexico<p><b>Venue</b>: Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza<p><b>Attendance</b>: 60,342<p><b>Match overview</b>: Brazil hold the record for most red cards at the World Cup, with 11. Mexico have lost 24 matches at the World Cup finals – more than any nation in the history of the tournament.<p><b>Key …


Iran 0-0 Nigeria

<b>Date</b>: June 16, 2014<p><b>Result</b>: Iran 0-0 Nigeria<p><b>Venue</b>: Arena da Baixada, Curitiba<p><b>Attendance</b>: 38,081<p><b>Match overview</b>: Nigeria’s Vincent Enyeama kept 21 clean sheets in Ligue 1 this season – more than any other goalkeeper from Europe’s top five leagues.<p><b>Key moment</b>: After a frantic first half an hour during …


Germany 4-0 Portugal

<b>Date</b>: June 16, 2014<p><b>Result</b>: Germany 4-0 Portugal<p><b>Scorers</b>:<p><b>Germany:</b><p>Muller 11, 45+1, 78<br>• Hummels 32<p><b>Venue</b>: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador<p><b>Attendance</b>: 51,081<p><b>Match overview</b>: This will be Germany’s 100th match at a World Cup, making them the first nation to reach the Century mark. Cristiano Ronaldo has only scored …


Voice recognition firm Nuance reportedly eyed by Samsung

Speech-recognition software company Nuance has reportedly held discussions with Samsung over an acquisition.<p>Among the licensees of Nuance's technology is Apple for its Siri personal digital assistant, and Samsung itself, which already uses the technology in its phones, tablets and televisions. …