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.
- England manager Roy Hodgson says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will recover in time to play a part at the World Cup. "Everyone is fit. Oxlade-Chamberlain is making good progress. I think he'll make the tournament without a shadow of a doubt," Hodgson said, following the fiery 0-0 draw with Honduras. Read more
- The company that runs the subway system in the city hosting the World Cup opening match said on Saturday that all five of its lines were operating either partially or normally as workers enter the third day of a strike for higher wages. Read more
- One of the World Cup's main sponsors has urged FIFA to properly investigate allegations of corruption being involved in Qatar's successful bid to host the 2022 tournament. Read more
PLUS: It's harder to discover players and unearth talent at a World Cup nowadays. Here Tor-Kristian Karlsen and Gab Marcotti have assembled a jury of scouts to help identify 10 lesser lights who could make the breakthrough. Read more
INTERNATIONAL BIRTHDAYS: Jose Camacho (1955), Javier Mascherano (1984), Maxi Pereira (1984)
DID YOU KNOW?
On this day in 1998, Sepp Blatter became the new president of FIFA. -- Cris Freddi.
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