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World Cup Daily: Thursday

The wait is finally over for Brazil, with cities across the country putting together their final preparations for the 2014 World Cup.

Tomorrow, the world's eyes will turn to Brazil for the start of the 20th FIFA World Cup. See what's cooking ahead of the biggest tournament in football.

TOP STORIES

- Brazilian police have clashed with anti-World Cup protesters trying to block part of the main highway leading to the stadium that hosts the opening match of the tournament. Full story.

- World and European champions Spain are to compete at the 2014 World Cup with a squad worth 622 million euros, according to transfermarkt. Full story.

- Paul Scholes has compared Ross Barkley to the Wayne Rooney who took Euro 2004 by storm and has urged Roy Hodgson to pick the Everton youngster. Full story.

INTERNATIONAL BIRTHDAYS: Pat Jennings (1945), Thomas Sorensen (1976), Diego Milito (1979).

DID YOU KNOW?

The New York Post went with the headline "'USA wins 1-1" after United States and England played out a stalemate in their opening game of the 2010 World Cup. Steven Gerrard opened the scoring for England only for Clint Dempsey to level thanks to a comical error by goalkeeper Robert Green -- Cris Freddi.

SNAPSHOT

Robert Green was unable to keep out Clint Dempsey's shot from distance.

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