FIFA World Cup 2014: Brazil Races Towards Kick-Off

Forget protests and sky-high prices, the FIFA World Cup 2014 is finally here and host nation Brazil is promising a football experience like never seen before.

updated: June 12, 2014 09:41 IST
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Rio de Janeiro: Brazil was racing to be ready for the opening of the FIFA World Cup here on Wednesday, scrambling to apply the finishing touches to a troubled build-up dogged by delays and violent street protests.

The hosts launch the four-week football carnival when they play Croatia in Sao Paulo's 61,600-capacity Corinthians Arena at 5:00 pm (1500 GMT) on Thursday. (Seen the new Google Doodle?)

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Jerome Valcke, general secretary of football's governing body FIFA, acknowledged to reporters preparations had gone down to the wire. (Time for 'idol worship' in Kolkata)

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