World Cup Daily: Thursday
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.
- 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.
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