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State of the World Cup’s last eight

BRASILIA: Twenty four teams have gone and only eight remain in the hunt to win the World Cup. Some have romped to the last eight, while others have limped. We take a look at the state of the remaining eight sides left in the tournament and their chances of lifting the famous gold trophy at the Maracana in Rio de Janiero on July 13. BRAZIL Played 4 Won 2 Drawn 2 Lost 0 Goals For 8 Goals Against 3 Top scorer: Neymar 4 goals Tournament odds: 3-1 Favorites Hosts Brazil have failed to convince in their four matches so far.…

64 years later, a new Brazil hosts the World Cup

Today's Brazil is a completely different country from the one that last hosted the World Cup in 1950 but some things have hardly changed even after 64 years. Now as then, the fans' desperation to see games is matched only by the authorities' inability to build stadiums on time and under budget. This year's tournament will be held across 12 cities in June and July and will cost at least 28 billion reais ($12.32 billion), almost a third of which will go on luxurious new or modernised stadiums. Three of the 12 arenas – in…