On June 12, the world's eyes will turn to Brazil for the start of the 20th FIFA World Cup, but the planet's biggest football tournament will have plenty of news and views in the months leading up to it. ESPN FC's World Cup Daily blog is the place to be.
- Germany coach Joachim Loew says he expects to be sacked if he fails to guide his side through the group stage in Brazil. Full story.
- Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari believes a final with Argentina would be the perfect end for the 2014 World Cup. Full story.
- Ever wondered who the men behind the whistles are? Max Bentley profiles the World Cup's referees. Full story.
INTERNATIONAL BIRTHDAYS: Albert Ferrer (1970), Fernando Redondo (1969), Sebastian Larsson (1985).
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On this day in 1978, West Germany thrashed Mexico 6-0 in the World Cup group stage, in what was El Tri's worst ever result at the tournament. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge scored a brace for the Germans.
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