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.
- Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez says that Luis Suarez's recovery is progressing as expected. ''So far, so good, and that gives us hope that he will continue improving." Read more
- Do Brazil rely too much on the talents of Neymar? "Yes, we do," coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said. "As Portugal needs Cristiano Ronaldo or Argentina relies on (Lionel) Messi as well. We need Neymar as every team that has good players that attract opponents, needs as well." Read more
- Brazilian police used tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse striking workers inside a subway station on Friday, adding to fears that labour unrest could disrupt the World Cup that opens in six days. At least three union members were injured in the Sao Paulo clash, said Paulo Iannone, a union spokesman. Read more
PLUS: Wonder how you need to start in order to claim World Cup glory? John Brewin has the answer. Read more
INTERNATIONAL BIRTHDAYS: Archie Gemmill (1946), Lou Macari (1949), Cafu (1970)
DID YOU KNOW?
In a World Cup qualifying match in 2009, Marcelo Fleitas joined the exclusive club of players who won their first international caps after the age of 35. Born in Uruguay, he'd been playing League football in Ecuador for several years when he switched nationality and made his debut against Peru. He picked up a yellow card but Ecuador won 2-1 away from home -- Cris Freddi.
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