Brazil to battle Croatia in Berlin

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

For many people, the World Cup begins today, as Brazil will play its opening match.

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For many people, the World Cup begins today, as Brazil will play its opening match. The defending champions, who are attempting to win the hexa or their sixth title, are overwhelming favourites. Perhaps the only unsettling element ahead of tonight's game is a court case in Italy where prosecutors are asking for a 10-month jail sentence for Brazilian captain Cafu. He is being charged with acquiring a European Union passport by falsely proving that his wife is of Italian origin. Brazil, unbeaten in their last 10 outings, have won their opening match at every World Cup since 1982, and their starting line-up for this match was named more than a month ago. It includes all the top names like Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Adriano and Kaka, often considered the Magic Quartet of the team. Moreover, a fitter and slimmer Ronaldo, top scorer in 2002, needs two more goals to equal Gerd Muller's World Cup total of 14. Perhaps the only thing that Brazil need to be worried about is a slightly leaky defence, but then again that's the open football has always been the style of the samba boys.

Topics : Football Brazil
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