Mexico vs Cameroon | Preview | World Cup 2014

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Group A: Mexico vs Cameron

Venue:      Estadio das Dunas, Natal
Kick-off:   (1pm, Brazil time)
Referee:    Wilmar Roldan, Colombia

Head-to-head record:

Played 1 Mexico Wins 1


Miguel Herrera (Mexico)
Volker Finke (Cameroon)

Team news:

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera has left Manchester United forwardJavier 'Chicharito' Hernandez on the bench for Friday's World Cup opener against Cameroon.Herrera has chosen Villarreal forward Guillermo Dos Santos and Oribe Peralta to start in attack for the Group A encounter in Natal, Brazil.He also ended speculation as to who will start in goal with Ajaccio's Guillermo Ochoa selected ahead of Jesus Corona of Cruz Azul.Cameroon go into the encounter at the Estadio das Dunas finally able to focus on football matters.Volker Finke's squad threatened to refuse to board the plane to Brazil due to a row over bonuses before a deal was finally reached.The African side beat Moldova 1-0 last week in afriendly after previously drawing 2-2 with Germany in Monchengladbach.

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  • Mexico has lost more games than any other team at World Cup Finals (24).
  • Samuel Eto’o has been directly involved in Cameroon’s last four World Cup goals (three goals, one assist).
  • Cameroon have only won one of their last 13 World Cup games (1-0 v Saudi Arabia in 2002), drawing four and losing eight.
  • No Cameroon player scored more than two goals in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers (Eric Choupo-Moting, Samuel Eto’o & Jean II Makoun).
  • This is only the second ever meeting between these two countries; Mexico won the first clash 1-0 in a friendly in 1993.
  • Mexico boss Miguel Herrera has only taken charge of his country in two competitive games; the World Cup play-offs against New Zealand (9-3 on aggregate).
  • Cameroon’s 17 previous World Cup goals have all been scored from inside the area (15 from open play, two penalties).
  • Mexico have never beaten at African team at a World Cup Finals tournament, losing one and drawing two of their three meetings against sides from that continent so far. Predicts: - 1-1

Brazil vs Croatia preview:WORLD CUP 2014

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Venue : Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo
Kick-off: (5pm, Brazil time)
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura, Japan

Head-to-head record:
Played 2 Brazil Wins 1 Draws

Managers :

Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazil)
Niko Kovac (Croatia

Team news:

Neymar has recovered from a training ground knock that left an entire nation holding its breath and is likely to start on the left in Scolari's typical 4-2-3-1 formation with Hulk on the opposite side and Fred playing as a lone striker.Scolari is set to keep faith with Chelsea playmaker Oscar in the No 10 playmaker position, although if his inconsistent form continues he could turn to his club teammate Willian.

Croatia will be without their most potent forward, Mario Mandzukic, who is suspended following his red card in the play-off game against Iceland in November.

That means that Eduardo is likely to lead their attack against the country of his birth with the striker recently admitting he might sing both national anthems.

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• The host nation has never lost their opening World Cup game, with the 20 previous hosts winning 14 and drawing six of their openers.
• Brazil’s one previous tournament as hosts saw them defeat fellow 2014 Group A members Mexico 4-0 in their opening game (1950).
• Eight of the last 12 opening matches at World Cups have produced one goal or less.
• Brazil are taking part in their 20th World Cup. They are the only team to have taken part in every single tournament - winning it a record five times.
• A Selecao have won the most games (67) and scored the most goals (210) at the World Cup.

Brazil have won eight of their last nine World Cup games in the group stages (1 draw). Their last defeat dates back to 23 June 1998 against Norway (1-2).
• Croatia have only conceded 11 goals in 13 World Cup games (0.85/game). It’s the best ratio among the 32 teams taking part in 2014.
• Croatia’s last nine World Cup games have produced six red cards.
• Brazil won their one previous competitive meeting with Croatia 1-0 in the 2006 World Cup; Kaka scored the winner in Berlin that day. Prediction: - Brazil 2-0 Croatia

10 things to know about the FIFA World Cup 2014

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10 things to know about the FIFA World Cup 2014

Football fever has struck us again aFIFA World Cup 2014 remains less than a week away. Being among the World’s most widely viewed sporting event as it is, here are a few facts about this year’s World cup that you may not have otherwise known. Take a look :

1- The FIFA World Cup 2014 will be the 20th FIFA World Cup. It is scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014. It will be the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the previous being in 1950.

2- For the first time at a World Cup Finals, the matches will use goal-line technology. Goal-line technology is a method used to determine when the ball has completely crossed the goal line with the assistance of electronic devices and at the same time assisting the referee in awarding a goal or not.

3- Spain is the defending champion, having defeated the Netherlands 1–0 in the 2010 World Cup final to win its first World title.

4- The total prize money on offer for the tournament was confirmed by FIFA as US$576 million (including payments of US$70 million to domestic clubs), a 37 percent increase from the amount allocated in the 2010 tournament. 

5- The official ball of the 2014 World Cup will be the Adidas Brazuca. The name was selected by a public vote that received responses from more than 1 million Brazilian football fans.

6- The 2014 tournament will be the most expensive FIFA World Cup in history.

7- The official logo of the competition is entitled “Inspiration”, and was created by Brazilian agency Africa. The design is based around a photograph of three victorious hands together raising the World Cup trophy and its yellow and green colouring is meant to represent Brazil warmly welcoming the world to their country.

8- The tatu-bola known as Fuleco, an armadillo that defends itself from predators by rolling up into a ball, was chosen as the official mascot by FIFA.

9- On 24 January 2014, FIFA and Sony Music announced that the official song for the tournament will be “We Are One (Ole Ola)” by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte. A customized version of the song “Dare (La La La)” by Shakira, who provided the official song of the 2010 tournament, will be used as a secondary theme song.

10- Some of the main sponsors of the 2014, FIFA World Cup are Adidas, Coca – Cola, Emirates, Sony, Budweiser, Mac Donalds, VISA and Johnson & Johnson.